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Donna Schilder

Professional Certified Coach

Leadership, Career, & Business Coach

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Donna Schilder

Personal Bio for Donna Schilder

One thing that makes me unique is my varied life experience.  I haven’t exactly been a Couch Potato. I’ve failed at more things than most people ever think of trying.  And, I’ve succeeded.

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 and 43 states.  I taught English in China.  Petted Tigers in Thailand.  Visited family members in Slovakia that lived before Communism, during Communism, and after Communism in their country. The time I’ve spent observing how different people live, gives me a unique and broad perspective about what the possibilities are in life.

I have held over 20 different types of jobs (from pop singer to Maintenance Manual Validation Specialist for the B-2 Bomber)  in 7 industries, and as a consultant for over 10 years I worked with every type of department there is in a company (from HR to Engineering), helping them improve their processes.  I know what it’s like not to be in the right job and I can tell you what’s it like to work in a lot of different types of jobs, because I couldn’t figure out what I wanted to do.  I know what it’s like to have a dream and fail.  And get back up time and time again.  And dare to dream again.

I’ve had multiple income streams my whole life (before it was popular).  Even while I was working at my first job as a 22-year old, doing research for the first reality television show, “That’s Incredible!”, I had a side-business doing copy-editing.

Here is the list of 20 Careers I tried before I found my calling as a Coach (at age 42):

  1. Singer/Songwriter – I had a song played on the radio
  2. Library Analyst
  3. Administrative Assistant
  4. Engineering Change Order Analyst
  5. Retail Salesperson at Bullock’s Westwood
  6. Script Reader for TV and Feature Films
  7. Rare Book Cataloger
  8. Television Reality Show Researcher for the Show:  “That’s Incredible”
  9. Television Show Talent Coordinator
  10. Technical Library Associate in Aerospace
  11. Technical Editor for B-1 Bomber Technical Manuals
  12. Validation & Verification Coordinator for the B-2 Bomber Maintenance Manuals
  13. Software Tester
  14. Computer Hardware Tester
  15. High School Teacher English Teacher
  16. Total Quality Improvement / Process Improvement Facilitator – Aerospace
  17. Staff Development Director – For a Medical Practice & Integrated Physician Association
  18. Corporate Trainer – Medical Insurance
  19. Independent Business Consultant (for over 10 years) – Process Improvement & Training
  20. Professional Speaker

 

Industries I’ve worked or consulted in:

  1. Television Series & Movies & Feature Film – at one point my desk was right next to Martin Sheen’s Office
  2. Aerospace – I’ve stood in the cockpit of the B-2 Bomber and started in the days when we had to cut and paste the page numbers onto Technical Manuals
  3. Healthcare
  4. Insurance
  5. Manufacturing
  6. Non-Profit – including Purpose Driven Ministries
  7. Financial Services
  8. Fashion
  9. Training

 

I’ve always been able to generate multiple income streams, but not all of my business ideas have been successful.  Here are some of my businesses:

  1. Copy Editor
  2. House cleaner & personal assistant
  3. Songwriter – I received interest from record companies, but never sold a song
  4. Journalist
  5. Resume Writer
  6. Screenwriter – I wrote two really lousy screen plays, but I’m proud I was able to complete them
  7. Online Retail Sales – (I developed my own product:  Happy Scent®)
  8. Online Video Training

 

 
 

 

I have traveled the world extensively, visiting over 35 countries, staying as long as 3 months in a country. I have also visited 43 states in the U.S.  Here are some of the countries I’ve visited:

  1. Australia
  2. Austria
  3. Bali
  4. Belgium
  5. Belize
  6. Bhutan
  7. British Virgin Islands
  8. Brussels
  9. Cambodia
  10. Canada
  11. Cayman Islands
  12. China
  13. Costa Rica
  14. Czech Republic
  15. Dominican Republic
  16. Egypt
  17. England
  18. France
  19. Germany
  20. Greece
  21. Haiti
  22. Hungary
  23. Indonesia
  24. Ireland
  25. Israel
  26. Italy
  27. Jamaica
  28. Japan
  29. Jordan
  30. Laos
  31. Liechtenstein
  32. Mexico
  33. Monaco
  34. Netherlands
  35. New Zealand
  36. Northern Ireland
  37. Poland
  38. Portugal
  39. Scotland
  40. Slovakia
  41. Spain
  42. Tahiti
  43. Taiwan
  44. Thailand
  45. Turkey
  46. Vietnam

 

Some of the highlights of my travel adventures have included:

  • Teaching English in China to Junior High and High School students
  • Taking cooking classes in Vietnam
  • Visiting every room in the Louvre
  • Petting tigers in Thailand
  • Zip-lining in Costa Rica
  • Hiking up a Glacier in New Zealand
  • Visiting relatives in Slovakia
  • Kayaking over a submerged city in Turkey
  • Hiking around the Ayers Rock at the Red Center
  • Standing in the Gas Chambers at Auschwitz
  • Crawling through the Kuchi Tunnels in Vietnam
  • Seeing the King’s Coronation Celebration in Bhutan
  • Cruising on the Nile
  • Hearing the New Year’s Poems of the Japanese Royal Family
  • Being blessed by the Pope
  • Talking to a woman who had hidden in the woods when the Nazi’s took over Holland

 

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