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Donna Schilder

Professional Certified Coach

Leadership, Career, & Business Coach

(562) 434-7822 - Donna@DonnaSchilder.com

Donna Schilder

Through our Leadership Coaching work together I made progress toward all of my initial goals for Coaching

“Through our Leadership Coaching work together I made progress toward all of my initial goals for Coaching. I now spend more time building relationships with my peers, staff, and superiors, which greatly benefit me in my work. I have set aside time for strategic thinking and have used most of the strategic thinking tools you provided to me to shape my strategic thinking activities. I recently sent my thoughts from one of those strategic thinking sessions to my boss and it was very impactful to our business. I am also stronger at inspiring, recognizing, and encouraging my staff. And Coaching changed the way I look at myself and others in a positive way and impacted how I interact in meetings. I now do planning before most of my meetings and find that I am more successful at getting what I need for my department and in influencing others. I also found documenting my Leadership Vision to be a very impactful activity and it led me to document the path I needed to follow to step into being the best leader I can be. I found your encouragement and ability to make me feel safe to be who I am, very helpful in our Coaching process and found Coaching to be everything I hoped it would be and more.”

— B.M., Marketing Director

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Donna brings a great many paradigms to bear in customizing a coaching engagement

“Donna brings a great many paradigms to bear in customizing a coaching engagement. She is very energetic, informed, patient and pragmatic. Her process is truly transformational. The path Donna created for me was exactly what I needed to move my career where I wished it to go.”

— M.S., Vice President, IT, Banking Industry

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You can’t put a price tag on the benefit one receives through Coaching

“You can’t put a price tag on the benefit one receives through Coaching. Working with you as my Coach helped me believe that I can lead at the top of an organization and to trust myself and my leadership skills more. You created a sense of trust that I don’t have with most people so that I was able to talk about things openly. This allowed me to work on how I interact with people who are a challenge for me to interact with and find new, more successful ways to work with them. And helped me realize that not everyone is going to understand where I’m coming from, and that’s ok. You were a partner to help me see things differently in my work and in my personal life. You also helped me negotiate the terms of my new job and successfully navigate the transition from one company to another. I found working with you as my Coach to be extremely helpful.”

— Strategic Planning Director, Oil Company

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What I really love about your appearance on Dave’s podcast is that you sound so professional

“What I really love about your appearance on Dave’s podcast is that you sound so professional and so honest in the same time. It is a pleasure to listen.”

— J.J., Retail Manager

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I am seeing great benefit from Executive Coaching.

I am seeing great benefit from Executive Coaching.  I am also noticing that the other leaders who are working with Executive Coaches are able to have more productive conversations with me and that they are changing for the better.

— L.C., Technical Manager

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My experience with Donna’s executive coaching was outstanding…

My experience with Donna’s executive coaching was outstanding. She brought clarity to challenging situations and aided me to develop new skills and insight into myself and those who I work with. Thank you Donna

— Rick Lester - Toyota Dealership Service Workforce Development and Training Manager; Specializing In Educational Partnerships

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Coaching helped me grapple with a very complex set of issues and life events and gave me the direction…

Coaching helped me grapple with a very complex set of issues and life events and gave me the direction and guidance to start taking action, one step at a time. It gave me the means and the courage to not only get unstuck but then to keep going as I unraveled and learned and tried to figure out what was next. I have become more clear about my desired Career and life path and built confidence so that I am better able to sell myself. In addition, I gained a better understanding of how I learn and work, along with some tools to be more productive.

— T.G., Marketing Consultant

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Donna’s coaching work with me was incredibly beneficial…

Donna’s coaching work with me was incredibly beneficial not only as an additional resource, added perspective, and support for execution of my action plan, but she really helped get to the core of the matter and provided great feedback.

— C.Y., Director of Sales, Fortune 100 Company

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I began working with Donna more than a year ago with the purpose of developing a smarter approach to career and company exploration…

I began working with Donna more than a year ago with the purpose of developing a smarter approach to career and company exploration–I have been working for the same company for almost 30 years and am ready to change companies, jobs and industries. Donna began by reviewing the career exploration results from the past, then working with me to determine my values and desired business characteristics, then map these against potential jobs. The result was a focused set of jobs that I could begin exploring. Since our first meeting, I have made extensive use of the resources on her web site (more comprehensive than anything else I’ve seen) and have had quite a few informational interviews which have helped me not only hone in on what I like but revealed that there are some jobs I have no interest in doing. After each interview we discussed what happened and what’s next (e.g., after sending a thank-you note, it never occurred to me to occasionally check in with those I interviewed with when they had jobs I wasn’t interested in). One tool that I’ve used for networking is Linked In (LI). I used to think of LI as Facebook for business but Donna showed me how to strengthen my profile and use it more effectively (e.g., LI has helped me find people to have informational interviews with). Finally, Donna has helped me stay focused in my search, especially when she saw that I wasn’t spending much time on it. She encouraged me to track my weekly activities, then asked me at one point how much time I was willing to devote to this search. It was a nice reality check: to have someone on the outside challenge me to revisit the commitment to meeting my goal because at that pace (1… Read More

— Bill Zint

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Working with Donna has helped me become less permissive with my staff

Working with Donna has helped me become less permissive with my staff and hold them more accountable, create more clarity when assigning work to my staff, delegate more, and be more decisive in handling performance issues. In our work together I have also learned to stay more neutral when handling conflict and better manage the speed of change in the organization. I found Executive Coaching very helpful.

— Executive Director, Nonprofit

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