Jenn Donahue

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Jenn Donahue, Ph.D. is a retired US Navy Captain and Regimental Commodore. As an engineer, she works on large-scale, high-profile projects. Over her 27-year military career, Jenn has built a bridge across the Euphrates River in the midst of the Iraq war, commanded an 800-personnel Battalion in Afghanistan, and constructed combat outposts in the middle of deserts filled with insurgents. Jenn has led earthquake and tsunami reconnaissance missions in places like Samoa and Japan; designed the seismic plans for a bridge over the Panama Canal; and built roads in the coldest climes of Ketchikan. Along the way, she mentored scores of young leaders.  Jenn founded JL Donahue Engineering, Inc. and Dare to Rise. She also lectures at UC Berkeley and UCLA.


As a speaker, Jenn focuses on leadership, overcoming imposter syndrome, and inspiring audiences to achieve greatness. Jenn covers a variety of leadership topics informed by her experiences commanding battalions- these include trust-based leadership, self-awareness, and team-building. She takes pride in her ability to adjust her message to fit the needs and goals of any audience. 

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  • What is your favorite quote? Fate says to the Warrior: "You can not weather the storm." The Warrior whispers back: "I am the storm."