Meet Donna Riccardo

Donna grew up outside of Princeton, New Jersey, and moved to New York City in the 1980’s in search of great education in the professional beauty field. She stayed there for 17 years and got what she went there for. She was a successful haircutting specialist in top New York City salons. She was also a leading regional trainer for professional hair product manufacturers. As a former hairdresser, she knows the importance of relationships.

In an effort to move beyond hairdressing, Donna had her own multi-level marketing business, selling anti-aging nutritional products. She has also managed the businesses of several small business entrepreneurs. She holds a certification in Holistic Nutrition, is a trained Neuro-Linguistic Programming practitioner, is a former staff member and seminar leader of Landmark Worldwide – the world’s largest personal training and development company, and is trained in Sandler Sales Training. She was also a high level participant and a Division Director in Toastmasters International and a Director Consultant at BNI (Business Network International.) A dynamic speaker and program leader, Donna coaches people to fulfill on what is most important to them.

Donna is focused, tenacious and funny. She is resourceful and is driven to be the best she can be. In service of that quest, she trained at Landmark for over 20 years. She excelled in a leadership program there, demonstrated an ability to be an effective leader and was chosen to lead programs by her mentors. Being seen as a leader among such a high caliber group of people gave her the confidence she needed to stop playing small and step up and out into her life.

She loves to work with entrepreneurs to help them reach their full potential. She provides business owners with skills and and knowledge that they can start implementing immediately. She grew up watching her father have his own businesses, and seeing the challenges he faced, she knew it didn’t have to be that hard. A lot of the experiences she observed had to do with people and relationships. It was painful for her to see him struggle and she vowed that she was going to learn what it takes to develop powerful relationships and empower entrepreneurs to become successful. Her personal motto is “there’s never nothing.”

Donna currently lives in the Denver Metro area of Colorado with her handsome husband and fur babies. She enjoys social and competition ballroom/swing/Latin dancing, cooking, reading, fashion, yoga, meditation and the amazing Colorado weather. Community is very important to her. She is passionate about making a difference in people’s lives, particularly in the areas of public speaking and relationships with others. Her view on life is “all we really have is each other.”


Donna, The Speaker

Are you looking for an engaging presentation loaded with valuable content designed to move your audience forward? Donna will provide your audience with the tools they want and need to advance them towards their goals using humor, truth and an interactive style.

Donna, The Author

Looking for a hairdresser/ballroom dancer’s approach to public speaking and networking? Learn how authentic relationships and a courageous and powerful approach to public speaking can move your business forward.

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Donna, The Speaking Coach

As a business coach with a specialty in public speaking and networking, it is Donna’s mission to help her clients develop confidence in front of an audience and connect powerfully with others in a way that attracts the kind of people they need in their lives to have the life they truly desire. After exhibiting entrepreneurial tendencies most of her life, Donna brings a variety of experience to the table, so her clients don’t have to spend the 30 years it took her get there!