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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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Give Thanks for the Tough Stuff

  My childhood prayer was always the same – Dear God,  Thank you for the trees, the flowers, and the sunshine. Amen One time I added a flashlight to the list (must have been after our electricity got cut off),...
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How a Bald Eagle Proves Love Wins

I tell people that I the human race is inherently good, and they sneer at me and tell me to read the news. I share my conviction that animals have souls, and they talk about the raccoon that ate their cat. I...
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Soul Days

A month of working seventy hours a week meant that I was ready for a break. While I love times of chaos and impossible deadlines, eventually my brain rebels and I can’t do anything that involves thinking for a couple of days. So, at...
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Valuing Our Time

Yesterday, my husband drove with me to a speaking engagement at Mountain Lake in Pembroke Virginia. This was the location for the filming of “Dirty Dancing,” although we didn’t engage in any. Due to our busy work schedules, our plan was to...
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Portrait of father and son

Finding Love in Airports

No, I’m not going to give you tips on finding Mr.or Ms. Right at LaGuardia. What I am going to tell you is that I watched the best story unfold during my year-long stay at Charlotte Airport last Tuesday. Since I had a...
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Dealing with Life’s K-A-P-O-W’s

Life is an amazing prize-fight. You start to relax, to let things go, to go with the flow, and then B-A-M, you receive a Batman cartoon worthy T-H-W-U-M-P from the Universe. My husband and I have been dealing with his...
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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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