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Donna Schilder

Professional Certified Coach

Leadership, Career, & Business Coach

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Donna Schilder
Donna Schilder

Life Coaching

Hi, I'm Donna Schilder, Master Certified Coach (MCC). Welcome to my LIFE COACHING webpage.

Staying on your path in life is tough. There are all kinds of forces and people constantly vying for your attention and time.

I can help you get focused on your priorities, reconnect to your goals, and take the steps needed to design and live the life you want to live.

I want you to see the possibilities that are right in front of you. I want you to challenge yourself and avoid taking the easy path, but choose the path of meaning, purpose, and joy. And I want to stand beside you as your partner and sounding board, supporting you in becoming your best self!

I do Life Coaching in my home town of Long Beach, California, as well as throughout Southern California. Many of my clients live in Huntington Beach, Newport Beach, and Irvine, and throughout Orange County. I Coach clients throughout the U.S. as Coaching is most often done on the phone.

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Benefits of Life Coaching

Are you doing what you want to do?

Are you feeling overwhelmed, disorganized, and disconnected?

Are you so busy that you can’t feel joy anymore and you’ve lost your sense of meaning?

Jack Canfield, Chicken Soup for the Soul Author has said:

“As humans, we tend to do only some of what we are required to do but virtually all of what we want to do.  A personal coach can help you discover what you truly want to do — and can help you determine the steps and take the actions necessary to get there.”

A favorite Coaching client of mine has said of her experience with me: “Coaching has helped me connect to my strengths and abilities, build my confidence, and see what steps I needed to take to change my situation. I have steadily changed and grown, and continuously taken steps toward building my ideal life and work. Now my life is completely different.” K.B.

I believe that Life Coaching increases happiness and goal attainment because it gives you a place to stop and examine your life and helps you identify what you do and don’t want in your life.  And it often takes just a few small shifts in behavior, attitude, or environment to become much happier and more successful.  Because Coaching is an ongoing process, it allows you to implement and reinforce these small changes and helps you determine how to overcome any barriers you encounter.  And because you meet with your Coach regularly, your focus stays on making the changes necessary.

Knowing what you want is the key.

In Man’s Search for Meaning, Viktor Frankl documented what he found out by studying people in WWII Concentration Camps (while he was in a Camp himself):  that people who had a clear picture of what they wanted in the future, survived longer than those that didn’t.  We all know this intuitively, that when we yearn for something more that is noble and healthy, we are at our most alive.

I base much of my approach to coaching on the field of Positive Psychology and Martin Seligman’s book:  Authentic Happiness.  Some of the principles from Positive Psychology that employ in my coaching are:

  1. Increase your sense of gratitude will increase your happiness.
  2. Utilizing your values in your work and avocations will help you feel more fulfilled.
  3. Balancing your pleasure and gratitude (life purpose) will increase your happiness. (Too much of either can result in unhappiness).


Here are some of the topics people work on in their Coaching sessions:

  • Time Management
  • Creating Boundaries with Family and Friends
  • Addressing Conflict
  • Becoming More Assertive
  • Building Confidence
  • Learning to Say “No”
  • Organization
  • Learning to Focus on Priorities
  • Eliminating Distractions
  • Work/Life Balance
  • Goal Setting
  • Creating Accountability to Reach Goals
  • Overcoming Fears
  • Overcoming Procrastination
  • Increasing Joy and Pleasure
  • Career Exploration


One of the things that make me a powerful Life Coach is th at I have faced fear in my own life and overcome it.  Through my own experience, I inspire my clients to “walk through fear’ to get what they want in their life and work.

Bob Nardelli, President & CEO of Home Depot has said:

“I absolutely believe that people, unless coached, never reach their maximum capabilities.”

You may wonder, can I afford coaching? The question really is: Can you afford not to live the life you want live?  Ask yourself:  Can I afford not to be happy?  Can I afford not to be the best person I can be?

Affording Coaching is about priorities.  I’ve had clients that made less than $20,000 a year and they’ve faithfully paid for and committed to Coaching, meeting with me regularly for years.  And their investment paid off.  They are now working in jobs they are proud of, making the money they wanted to make, having the relationships they wanted to have, and living full and happy lives.  And then, I’ve had clients who’ve made over $500,000 a year who complained about the price even though it was easily affordable for them.

As my Dad always said:  “the best dollars you can spend are dollars spent on developing you!  That’s an investment that will pay dividends your whole life!”

So the question is, do you want to play a big game?  Do you want to live an extraordinary life or an ordinary life?  Do you want to be the best you can be?

If the answer is yes, then I am the Coach for you.  I am not your typical American.  I have broken the mold of the typical American lifestyle.  In my over 50 years on the planet, I have traveled at least 3 years of it.  My husband and I traveled 5 months a year for 5 years and made more money in the other 7 months than we had in previous years.  I have been to over 45 countries.  Taught English in China.  Petted Tigers in Thailand.  Kayaked in Laos.

I created multiple income streams before it was popular and even when I was 22, doing research for the first reality television show, “That’s Incredible!”, I had a side-business doing copy-editing.  I have held over 20 different types of jobs (from pop singer to Maintenance Manual Validation Specialist for the B-2 Bomber) and was a consultant for over 10 years.

I think you’re ready to schedule your first Coaching session.



Donna Schilder, MCC

Leadership, Career, & Business Coach

What People are Saying About Donna

I feel that I have grown immeasurably during these past years of coaching  —  I have stretched and I have moved into directions, developing new confidence and self assurance — because of your listening ear and insights. I have deeply appreciated knowing you, appreciating and anticipating each Wednesday morning session.  Without these times, I would have stumbled many times.  I say ‘thank you,’  even though these two little words sound so very small and insignificant.  They  hardly express the depth of my thankfulness and gratitude for the leadership you have gifted me.  

— H.M., Administrator

First of all, your TV appearance was excellent!! You were calm, inviting, kind, interesting, informational, natural, conversational – pretty much everything I would like to convey – I give you 5 stars!!

— H.H., Therapist

Hi Donna… I loved your TV show! You were so relaxed and natural..a true professional. Your conversation with the host was as casual as any conversation that I have ever had with you, only you did it on camera. Wow! I felt like you were right there in my living room!

— B.C., HR Manager

Donna is a talented, warm, creative coach who is dedicated to her clients. She helps her clients live lives that are fulfilling and meaningful. She has a true passion for coaching that is evidenced by the wonderful work she and her clients do together. Donna is also a talented speaker and workshop facilitator who engages well with her audience. She is capable of speaking on a variety of different topics. She sparks enthusiastic participation through creative teaching methods.

— Heather Backstrom, Ed.D., Human Resources Manager at JPL/NASA
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