Mimi Donaldson, Veteran Speaker & Trainer
Marina Del Rey, CA  USA

Mimi Donaldson‘s latest book is about success and football: Necessary Roughness: New Rules for the Contact Sport of Life. As a very funny, football female, Mimi uses football as a metaphor for shaking off the bad plays, or roadblocks of challenging times, and leading with perseverance and courage. For over twenty years, Mimi has captivated audiences from the Fortune 100 to the just plain fortunate. She’s won acclaim for her rousing keynote speeches, compelling workshops, and in-house training programs. She has shared the keynote platform with Colin Powell, Katie Couric and Maya Angelou. She holds a Bachelors Degree in Speech and Dramatic Arts from the University of Iowa, and a Masters Degree in Education from Columbia University. For 10 years, she was a staff Human Resources Specialist with Walt Disney Company, Northrop Aircraft, and Rockwell International. Mimi has been a visiting professor at Harvard University’s Center for Public Leadership at the Kennedy School of Government. She was the “pitch coach” on ABC’s American Inventor and coached the contestants to success persuading judges and America. Mimi Donaldson is co-author of Negotiating for Dummies, published in six languages and sold over 1 million copies worldwide. Her second book in 2006 was Bless Your Stress: It Means You’re Still Alive! . Click here to learn more about Mimi.

Q: Mimi, why did you join WSA?

A: I enable leaders to build teams that confidently create strategies and solutions, and communicate with trust. I also coach speakers, since I have been speaking professionally since 1984, and was a Human Resources trainer before that. I joined WSA because my heart belongs to empowering women, and I have loved the women I have met. WSA can support me in achieving visibility in the global community. I have already met online women from other countries! Very exciting. Also, WSA gives me exposure to women who may desire to add humor and polish to their speeches. My experience with WSA thus far has motivated me to write blogs for them on speaking. I discovered I know a lot! It’s also great to be with a sisterhood of women who have a generous spirit.