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Experienced and Tested

With 30+ years of experience, I only teach topics around which I have kicked some ass. I’m proven.

Inspiring and Funny

I’ve been told that I’m inspiring. And funny. You’ll have to see for yourself. One thing for sure is that you won’t forget the lesson at hand.

People Mover

I not only train, I move people to do something differently. I understand the individual and the organization. Influence is my calling card.


Through my writing and coaching, I hope to help you through your own personal change.


Donna Highfill worked with my team on changing behaviors. She energized us, shared valuable information, and my team is all the better for it.
Pamela Milne, Senior Vice President/Senior Commercial Credit Officer
Donna is an intuitive power-house who uses humor and compassion in balance with a no-nonsense directness to get results.
Lori Ann Lothian, Editor & Published Writer


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If You Can Laugh on a Subway, You Can Laugh Anywhere

I love people who start a sentence with, “I have a funny story to tell.” It makes my ears perk up in anticipation of joy. Growing up, my family spent every dinnertime trying to tell a story that was funnier than...
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How to Find Happiness Right Now

I spend too much of my time thinking that if I were a successful writer sitting in a beach house with a high metabolism and all the snacks in the world, I would be happier than I am today. Or if I...
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The 5 Golden Rules of Teaching

Note: Today’s guest blogger is Janet Newcomb, a good friend and teacher. She shared a story with me about teaching, and I asked her to write it down so I could share it with you. Thank you, Janet!   Anyone who...
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What Raccoons Know About Motivation

I am an optimist. I believe that we are inherently good, and that love will win. I believe that most people want to help, and that McDonald’s didn’t intend to gradually kill us with their french fries. But I’m not particularly peaceful...
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When Politics Come Between You and Your Kids

The political season is upon us, which turns many friends and family members into WWE opponents. It seems that civil discourse is out of the question. Apparently, Morton Downey Jr. has become our conversational role-model. So, what happens if our political...
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Sending Your Last Acorn to College?

I woke up in a hotel in Missouri and stared at the face of my youngest child. I was leaving her at college today, and I cried like I was watching an ASPCA commercial. Panic descended as I realized that today was...
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As a leader, do you implement change only to watch the projects, processes and initiatives stall because you can’t get the people driving them to change? In my new book Real People, Real Change: Stories of a Change Warrior in the Business World I share real stories to illustrate how leaders can move people to action.
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Young girls need a strong female hero who will help them understand and appreciate their power. After reading a story to my young niece about a young girl’s dream of wearing high heels and fancy dresses, I was reminded that girls need a shining example of the spirit within them – a spirit that is too often limited by the shallow expectations of a world that dims their light.
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