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Jenn Donahue

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. Today Jenn runs JL Donahue Engineering. 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. 

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. Today Jenn runs JL Donahue Engineering. 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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Jenn Donahue Reviews

Sarah Sullivan Vice President of Career Development, Santa Clara Valley Society of Women Engineers

Review: “Practical & actionable. Jenn's experience provides a unique perspective on managing hyper-growth teams.”

Doug Whimpey Business Manager, Dean/Fluor

Review: Personable and engaging. Jenn provides tangible examples and insights that have directly resulted in more effective teams within our organization. A MUST-HAVE speaker for developing your company’s leaders!

Kathryn Wooddell Senior Seismologist, PG&E

Review: Jenn doesn't just motivate you to get out there and do great things. She leaves you with a toolkit to help you achieve your goals and a plan to keep you accountable for your success.

Adam Ramirez, Scheduling & Technologies Manager, Jaxi Builders Inc.

Review: I wanted to reach out to thank you and celebrate the stunning presentation you gave for the Procore Groundbreaking. You truly have an art for communicating complex subjects in a simple to understand manner while retaining the elegance of the complexities within. So much value and structure was put into that presentation that leaves a very lasting impression.

Larissa Gschwandtner, VP, Marketing & Events,Selling Power

Review: Thank you so much for presenting such an impactful session at the Sales 3.0 Conference today! Your session on the qualities that make a great leader was eye-opening and engaging; and the message really resonated with our audience. Your authenticity and honesty are inspiring. It was a pleasure working with you.

Katrina Dougan, MA, PHR ,Human Capital & Organizational Strategist, HoganTaylor

Review: Jenn's keynote was very insightful and impactful. The talk really resonated with me.

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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."
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