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.”


Life Strategy Design Coaching

 Everything you need to lead is already inside you. There’s no one formula to activating the leader within. You just need that radical outside perspective to spot the thing that’s keeping you from living your whole life NOW.

There are three ways to work with me on your life strategy:

Life Strategy Design Jump Start is a six week coaching series to walk through the Life Strategy Design Journal with you and equip your self-guided course.



The Life Strategy Crash Course is 90 days to life and leadership insight, taking a deeper dive with coaching and assessments to see yourself more clearly. Together we will co-create your strategy for the next phase of your journey. 



The Life Strategy Design Journey is six months of coaching following an intensive journey to diagnose the roadblocks to success and set a serious course for a new normal



“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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