My why: This is the true joy in life, the being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one; the being a force of nature instead of a feverish, selfish little clod of ailments and grievances complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy.

I am of the opinion that my life belongs to the whole community, and as long as I live it is my privilege to do for it whatever I can.

I want to be thoroughly used up when I die, for the harder I work the more I live. I rejoice in life for its own sake. Life is no “brief candle” for me. It is a sort of splendid torch which I have got hold of for the moment, and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to future generations.

George Bernard Shaw

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Self -insight is the meta skill of the century. If you are not sure how you show up in the eyes of others, I can help. I have assessment packages for individuals and teams.

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What people are saying…

The past has lost its power over me.

“Working on the 360º Life Map took a lot of the power out of some of the (negative) events of my life. God doesn’t let any experience go to waste. He can use it to help others and make a difference on the world.”

HCJ Healthcare Solutions

Learning to breathe again

I never knew the value of breathing, taking time to reconnect with who I am and what’s going on inside me. Learning about the soil that contributes to a healthy vine and how the pressing of the grapes makes the wine brings a whole new light on how leaders are made and how they’re formed.

Landi Spearman
Organizational Change Consultant & Coach

How the bleep?

 To be honest, I don’t practice yoga on a regular basis, but I DO practice WINE on a regular basis, so I was already there with the wine tasting, but not prepared for how Donna’s connection between the wine making and MY own character development was powerful. And the connection with women around wine: amazing.

Meredith Masse
Senior VP, ICC
How The Bleep

Designing your own masterpiece

It’s special when you come across a remarkable coach like Donna. Donna has the coaching certifications to separate her from the pack, but what’s more is that she’s real, she’s genuine, and she’s deeply committed to helping women design their own masterpiece life. 

Cassandra Shepard,
Executive Coach

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Donna is a true partner and I personally found her to warm and collaborative. She has a high degree of integrity and is passionate about building strong relationships and bringing the best out of people in organizations. I would recommend Donna for any work that involves partnering to strengthen people and organizations.

Leigha Kinnear
formerly Manager of Learning & Organizational Development
Northwestern University


It is rare that you come across someone as talented as Donna. I have had the pleasure to collaborate with Donna on staff and leadership projects from development to execution, and Donna is versatile, impact-focused, and effective. Moreover, she naturally cares about the enduring results and this commitment has made all the difference.

LeMinh Hoang
Director, People and Culture
The MacArthur Foundation

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Chapter 15

Breed is the term used to describe wines that achieve classical proportions. The quality is usually elusive to describe, but you’ll know it the moment you experience it. When I arrived the next morning, I walked straight to the Managing Director office. Brenda met me...

Chapter 14

Wines with breed and fitness are those rare newborns in which all elements of structure, flavor, and complexity combined to a peak of almost indescribable perfection. The blackout shades were drawn, so I had no idea what time it was when the phone rang. I didn’t so...

Chapter 13

Racking is a method in wine production of moving wine from one barrel to another using gravity rather than a pump, which can be disruptive to a wine. … Wines with certain flavors may receive a heavy centrifuging, which will strip them of all character, but salvage an...

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