Hi, I’m Donna.
I’m a leadership and executive coach, speaker, and author. I help people—especially women, LGBTQ, and folks who don’t fit traditional models of leadership—in tech and tech adjacent fields make a difference and make an impact at work and in life.
Before becoming a coach I was a product person. As an in-house product leader, external consultant, and workshop facilitator, I spent 20 years developing websites, software, apps, and people at some of the most successful companies and nonprofits on the planet, including Apple, Atlantic Records, BMW, Central Park Conservancy, Google, Seamless/GrubHub, WNYC/NY Public Radio, and more.
Before working in tech, I was a documentary filmmaker, where I learned the art of seeing stories in everything and using those stories to move people forward. Developing stories—and more importantly, the heroes that power those stories—is something that I eventually applied to product development and now to people development.
My coach training is from The Gestalt International Study Center in Cape Cod and through the International Coach Federation. I have an MFA in Radio, TV, & Film from Northwestern University and a BA in Film and Video Studies from The University of Michigan. And I have taught as an adjunct professor at NYU, Northwestern University, Parsons School of Design, and the School of Visual Arts.
I live in Brooklyn, NY with my partner, dog, and two sons, all of whom are pretty super.