Clients and Testimonials

Creating Effective Leaders and Leveraging Talent to Elevate Performance

As a nationally acclaimed speaker and organizational development consultant, Donna Strickland’s clients include Fortune 500 companies, government agencies, physician owned companies, large and small health care systems and family owned businesses.  She is known for the transformational work she does with organizations, creating effective leaders and leveraging talent to elevate performance.


The four day skill building program really helped us better understand the skills needed to be a 21st Century leader.  [We] can’t say enough about your program and the teambuilding it did for our group and the expert facilitation you provided.  The focus on conflict resolution, coaching, mentoring, being visionary and dealing with change on a daily basis was quite timely.

Janie Blymiller, RN, MSN, CNA
Nursing Administration
Hamot Medical Center

I very much appreciate you ‘customizing’ your program.  Your presentation was extremely well received by both administrative team and management team employees. Beginning our retreat on a positive note helped defuse some potentially volatile personal and professional issues. I cannot begin to describe the positive influence your presentation had on the individuals present. I heard many positive comments about your presentation, but the one I liked best was: ‘Can’t we take her home (back to the hospital) with us?’

Gene Leblond, FACHE
President and Chief Executive Officer
Sarah Bush Lincoln Health System

Donna, you truly have the gift of communication and encouragement.  Many people specifically mentioned how adept you are at ‘bringing us down’ to the not-so-pretty reality, then flipping us back to hilarity in the next breath… no easy feat.  Thank you for inspiring us during our annual meeting.  What a great way to add some personal insight to a healthcare-intensive meeting.

Christine Schaub
Marketing Communications
Medi Span

The program was excellent.  Those who attended went back to their roles with concrete plans to help our organization become even more successful.  And I know each and every one of them is grateful for the warm and open environment you created.

Cheryl Heggemeier
Coordinator, Education and Development
Physician Associates of Florida

Thank you for making the event a resounding success!  Your great sense of humor and tender heart made you a life saver for our careers in the 21st century.  We can cope with the chaos and take those career risks with a whole new approach!  Our organizations are using the techniques weeks after the workshop.

Fran Harrington
Lucent Technologies

You did an exceptional job customizing the program to recognize the issues within our organization and connect with staff.  You provided a relaxed, fun environment while delivering a powerful message.  We now have the tools to understand the many emotions we are experiencing in these difficult times.

Annie Provencher
Staff Development & Quality Improvement
Berkshire Physicians & Surgeons, P.C.

I would highly recommend team building activities with Donna and I believe you will not only see results but have fun doing it. It has been a true learning experience. Donna has given us many tools to help make our team healthy again.

Brian Wheatcraft
Process Supervisor
Home Imaging Division

My production group found [Donna] to be quite capable, professional, and yet fun and flexible enough to meet the individual needs of the people and the overall group.  I heartily recommend Donna. I believe anyone who utilizes her skills will learn a great deal, have fun while doing it, and will find themselves growing in heart and spirit throughout the process.

Alice A. Murphy
Production Manager

Thank you much for the excellent work that you have been providing to the development of our team. You have played a key role in helping the formation of our team and I get extremely positive feedback from all of our members.  With your outstanding organizational skills, professionalism and keen insight to the team’s development, I feel that we can move some mountains in the coming year.

Jim Heckel
Planning & Order Management/Logistics Manager
Storage Systems Division, Hewlett-Packard

The outcome was a very successful event with almost 400 southern Californians inspired to lighten up and change their lives with humor and true meaning.  Your presentation set the tone for this year’s event, one that fostered receptiveness to new ideas and knowledge.  In these days of chaos and meaningless, you are a beacon ‘lighting the way.’

Michele Bonant, M.P.H., CHES
Program Coordinator
Los Angeles Heart Institute

‘Fantastic,’ ‘wonderful,’ ‘hilarious,’ ‘just what the doctor ordered,’ ‘extremely insightful.’ These were some of the many, very positive comments I received after your seminar.  Thank you so much for reminding us that we need to laugh and keep our sense of humor during these very difficult times of ‘transformation.’ Your message helped us to understand the many emotions people experience during change and transition and that it is OK to feel them.

Jim Kircher
Human Asset & Learning Manager

I have had some wonderful feedback regarding the event:

  • ‘Extraordinarily refreshing and rejuvenating.’
  • ‘The healing circle gave me the sense of self-worth and renewal that I really needed.’
  • ‘I haven’t laughed that hard in a long, long time. It was good for my soul.’
  • ‘Thank you, thank you, thank you for bringing that refreshing and healing session to the University of Denver.’”

Yolanda K. Benintendi
Chair, Women’s History Month
University of Denver

Each session of your seminar, while different in tone, gave uptight, intense people a chance to let go and be real for a few minutes. You are willing to go to a space in front of the room that not everyone has the courage to do. Your ability to be there and to move your participants to a more open and truthful level is as effective as anyone I have seen.

Susan Brodie
Training Department
UNIPAC Service Corporation

I wanted to thank you for the tremendous workshop you brought to our staff members. It was an honor having you as our guest to kick-off Nurses Week.  I feel that your ability to communicate in a relaxed and professional manner, together with the best therapy — laughter, have made this workshop one of the highest rated we have ever had for this System.

Kathleen A. Ladner, R.N., Ph.D.
Senior Vice President, Patient Care Services
Birmingham Baptist Medical Center

I am writing to thank you once again for the tremendous presentation you did for our conference. They are all still talking about how valuable your message was for them. We also received the evaluation feedback forms which gave your presentation the highest marks for the entire conference. I think it speaks to the passion and enthusiasm that you bring to your ‘play.’ I hope that you are able to continue this wonderful work.

Peggy Edington, LCSW
Health Services Coordinator
US WEST Communications, Inc.

Thank you again for the presentation you gave to our Marketing and Communications group.  [It] was a delightful, humorous and meaningful way to end our three day seminar. The feedback we received rated your portion of the program as excellent. You helped us all to remember the true priorities in life.

Ross Kirby
Senior Account Representative
United States Postal Service

Donna, your method of presenting very serious information with just the right amount of humor is a very special gift that you share in a most effective manner. Using the ‘Healing Circle’ at the end of the session left everyone with a very personal connection.

Kathleen S. Ortegren, RNC, BS
Educational Services
Good Samaritan Health Systems

Donna, we look forward to your return to Kentucky. It was a pleasure for all of us that worked with you during the planning stages of the conference. As indicated by the very positive evaluations, it was indeed a pleasure for the many that attended your workshops.

Mattie Umscheied
Educational Services Coordinator
University of Kentucky

The conference was a tremendous success.  You really got people laughing, as well as thinking, which is important.  You received raving reviews.  You lifted their spirits and helped them face the fact that they can and should use humor and laughter to deal with stress.  Your enthusiasm and dynamic personality/ presentation style is so effective and contagious.

LaDonda Landry
Organizational Training and Development
The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston

Your sessions drew these responses from the participants:

  • ‘This should be a mandatory class for the whole country.’
  • ‘It left me feeling amazingly well.’
  • ‘Simply put, she was excellent!’
  • ‘This was one of the best trainings we’ve had here!’

Toni Gilbert
Safety/ Training Specialist
Clallam County Department of Personnel and Risk Management

Partial Client List

Donna's Clients

  • ACX Technologies
  • AORN
  • American Hospital Association
  • AT&T
  • Blue Cross/Blue Shield
  • Continental Airlines
  • Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center
  • CoorsTek
  • Founders
  • Gates Rubber Company
  • GlaxoWellcome Pharmaceuticals
  • Hewlett-Packard
  • Lucent Technologies
  • Marriott
  • Mayo Clinic
  • Merrill Lynch
  • Methodist Hospitals
  • NASA
  • National Assn. of Purchasing
  • Norwest Bank
  • Texaco
  • TCI
  • Tejin Limited, Medical, Japan
  • U.S. Postal Service
  • United States Air Force
  • U.S. Dept. of Interior
  • U.S. EPA
  • US West Communications
  • Universities around the globe
  • Voluntary Hospitals of America

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