A Woman Alive with Diane MacDonald
Diane MacDonald the founder of A Woman Alive where she provides individual coaching, online education and opportunities for women pursuing their visions for work and life to come together for networking, education and collaborative support joins Enterprise Radio.
- How and why did you begin to explore this concept of Authentic Self and Authentic Leadership?
- What does it mean to live authentically and why is this important?
- What are the qualities of an Authentic Leader?
- What are the benefits to ones business when they lead from an authentic place?
- How can the people listening take steps to integrate authenticity into their leadership style?
All of my career paths, education, motherhood, and travels have lead me to my work as a coach and educator – it is not an option, it is the work I love and a reflection of my authentic self.
After college (University of Maine at Farmington), I went from being the chef on a sailing yacht to owning an event planning and production company whose clients included Big Brother of Boston, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Verizon, Beacon Consulting, Sun Microsystems, and The Boston Ballet. I loved seeing the big picture vision of an event, and pulling it smoothly together, often under enormous pressure.
I earned my master’s degree in education (Ohio State University), taught for several years and then founded two successful educational not-for-profits. The Yoga Learning Connection, a not-for-profit yoga-based program for children with and without special needs, turned out to be well ahead of its time.
My not-for-profit and event experience became a launching pad for a thriving consultancy. My clients included prominent philanthropies such as All for Africa, Action Against Hunger, Matt’s Promise and Chefs for Humanity, founded by Cat Cora (Iron Chef). As a business owner and a one-woman show, I developed the wherewithal to make things happen. Not only did I realize the strength of my own power, I also learned how to pull teams together, drive through external obstacles, and to create structure and action steps to move the vision of an organization forward.
In all of my work I have coached; philanthropists, board members, fundraisers, program directors, production teams, teachers, students and others. My goal always to move projects consistently forward toward the vision, always ready for needed change in direction or course of action, and encouraging along the way – individuals and teams – to reconnect with the reason they are there.
I am an ardent food lover, and an avid cook and baker of old-fashioned indulgences, like fresh, handmade bread. For work-life balance, I practice Bikram Yoga and kickboxing. To my work I bring my passion for transformation, for growth and for learning.
Am I A Woman Alive? Yes. Because it is my purpose to guide others to discover their authentic selves and in turn the work and life they love. On my journey to discover myself I found along the way the work I love and I found a life I love. And there, in that moment, I discovered what it truly meant to be alive.
I look forward to meeting you, working with you and sharing your journey to uncover your authentic self and discover the work and a life you love.
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