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Donna’s Perspective

As a culture change strategist and business author, I’ve seen the words culture change, change and leadership defined numerous ways over the years. Is leadership fueled by charisma and positive thinking? Pinstripes and red power ties? Decisiveness? Is it all about the situation? Is it meant only for the chosen few who rise to the top? Or, is there a different story?

With over two decades of executive coaching, speaking, and (most importantly!) real-life, in-the-trenches business experience, I have a radically different view. I believe that leadership is about action, not title, tenure, or position. Change is a force to be reckoned with, and culture is a leverage point that costs nothing but changes the game completely.

Her Unique Approach:

You’ve probably sat through a lot of conferences, workshops and corporate events. Have you noticed that most of the glossy speeches that get audiences hyped up don’t leave any lasting impact when the conference buzz fizzles out? Or do you ever wonder why we pay so much to hire a speaker and pay his/her travel expenses when they’re going to deliver the exact speech that they gave to every audience for the last year (or more) and we might as well just watch a video recording?

In all of the evolutions of my working life that have brought me here, I’ve been on all sides of these kinds of events, from planning to presenting, attending to facilitating. I know the effort, time and expense involved. So I make it my goal to maximize the benefit to your organization by using my experience and expertise to address the topics most relevant to your group. Whether a corporate event or a conference, a seminar, summit or even a simple meeting, I customize my presentation to ensure that your attendees will get tremendous value and lasting impact from our time together.

If all you need is 45 minutes of energizing business-themed entertainment, there are a lot of great options out there. But if your time is better spent on a thoughtfully designed presentation that addresses the issues that are unique to your organization, I invite you to download and fill out the worksheet below and send it back to me. I’ll use the information you give me about your event and your organization to help make your event the best it can be.

Audience Impact Worksheet

Donna’s areas of expertise:

Creating a Flourishing Culture

  • The Flourish Factor
  • Why Engagement isn’t Enough
  • Creating a Culture of Innovation

Finding Your Leadership Voice

  • Leadership is a Verb
  • Identifying Your Unique Voice (and using it to make a difference)
  • Workplace Transformation (beyond flip-flops and flex time)

Succeeding at Change

  • Leading Successfully in Times of Change
  • Building Change Capacity
  • Powered by Change – Strategies for Accelerating Growth During Change

Why you should book Donna:

Donna has a great gift...she can take very complex things and make them simple to after you hear her speak you can immediately put them into action.- Lynne Gordon Thomas, CEO American Association of Orthodontists
Donna is strategic and is able to simplify the message. She offers a foundation for her perspective. She has a deep knowledge that creates high impact.- E.S. Vice President, Strategic Business Solutions
Donna acts as a catalyst to make things effective. She can say hard things that don't alienate people and keep things moving quickly. Donna keeps it real and never blows smoke up your skirt.- K.B. CEO, High Tech Company
Authentic, trustworthy, bottom line benefits. Donna is a conduit. She can take where you are and link you with whatever else you need for the next step.- J.E. Sr. Program Manager Global Leadership Development
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About Donna


I am a culture change strategist, leadership coach, masterful facilitator, keynote speaker and a Rebel Leader. I thrive when I am helping leaders lead from the exponential power that comes from the core of who they are, rather than trying to fit into a leadership mold. Leaders who lead this way, while passionately living out their purpose and being intentional about culture, make the most of their potential while creating profit for stakeholders and flourishing workplaces for employees. That means that when people come to work, it’s a place where they love what they do and they become the best of who they are meant to be; everyone wins!

My leadership journey included helping found and lead the Global Association of Change Management Professionals for 9 years, as well as building a ridiculously successful management consulting practice for another company.

I believe in creating real solutions and meeting real needs. So, almost fifteen years ago I started Brighton Leadership Group, a company that is about leadership, excellence and making a difference in the world. With the help of my team, we have supported leaders with great tools, written content and speaking. Our resources include the Culturally Intelligent Change approach, the Flourishing Workplace book, the Rebel Leader’s Field Guide to Your Leadership Voice, and a variety of leadership tools.

My passion is making connections (people to people, people to ideas and ideas to ideas!). A few years ago, I noticed that great conversations between leaders often happened over a glass of wine. Leadership Uncorked ( was created, and the rest is history!

On the personal side, I love spending time with family and friends, constantly seek to learn and explore, and cheer wildly for the Pittsburgh Steelers. You will usually find me with a glass of wine in my hand.