your life strategy coach

“I believe to have a real impact in work and life, you have to bring 100% of yourself to the table.”


Hi, I’m Donna. I want to know what landed you on this page? Are you curious what a life strategy is? Let me tell you why I created this program.

I grew up the youngest of four girls in an alcoholic home. My mother left when I was 10, my father died when I was 16 and I entered the world loved by my sisters, but directionless.

Against all odds, I fashioned a path to college and strung together a bunch of scholarships and worked three jobs to pay for it. Over the years, I’ve worked hard to establish a reputation as a dedicated hard worker. I was brash in asking for jobs when I was unqualified, but surprised even myself when they would call back and offer me the position.

I have a history of winning great victories in my career, only to self sabotage my success by the not-enough mindset that germinated when I was small. That’s why I created the Life Strategy Design program — to give myself anchors to pull myself out of the pit that I repeatedly fell into.

When you reach the point where you ask, “Where is the life I’ve lost in living?” that’s when we need to talk about your strategy.

What's missing?

“This is the true joy in life, being used for a purpose

recognized by yourself as a mighty one.

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 what 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 to 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


Don’t just take my word for it.

Here’s what our customers have to say.

“It is rare 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.

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 of People & Culture, The MacArthur Foundation

“It has been my privilege to work with Donna Carlson recently on a project that I led on Academic Coaching. Donna really leads the way in workshop facilitation and partnership to deliver the message of effective coaching and facilitation. Her experience and expertise is broad.

Her professional presentation and inviting collaboration is truly outstanding. I welcome any chance I get to partner with her in the future.”

Angela K. Edwards, PhD

AK Edwards Consulting and current Coaching Practice Leader for the Center for Creative Leadership

“Donna is a true partner and I personally found her to be 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

Learning & Development Manager, Northwestern University

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