Vicki Donlan is a women’s business and health coach. Her extensive experience working with small businesses, growing and selling her own, and having a far-reaching network cause her to be a resource every businesswoman needs.
As a business coach and health coach, and, most important, as a woman, she understands the pressure that is put on women in our culture to take care of others and still be perfect in all ways as a woman, mother, wife, businesswoman, entrepreneur, volunteer, and community activist.
As an entrepreneur, she was founder and publisher of Women’s Business, a 25,000 controlled-circulation newspaper devoted to women in business in the Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Rhode Island region, founded in 1998, and sold to the Boston Herald in 2004, remaining as publisher through 2007.Her first book HER TURN Why It’s Time for Women To Lead in America was published in September 2007. She is a regular guest discussing women in business on New England Cable News’ Business Day and a well-known speaker.
Ms. Donlan has been instrumental in the growth of networking for women entrepreneurs and corporate leaders. She was honored by the U.S. Small Business Administration as the Massachusetts and New England Women in Business Advocate for 1994 for her efforts in working with women in small to medium size businesses. In 1997, she was honored with the South Shore Women’s Business Network ‘s Women Mean Business Award for her continuing efforts to help women achieve business success. The Boston YWCA inducted her into their Women of Achievement Class of 1999 and she was honored, June 2000, with the Massachusetts Women’s Political Caucus’ Abigail Adams Award as an outstanding Massachusetts woman. Pine Manor College recognized her at its 2001 graduation with an honorary Doctors of Letters degree as its most distinguished alumnae. Patriots’ Trail Girl Scout Council recognized her as a 2002 Leading Woman. The Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce honored her with its Achievement in Business at the 2002 Pinnacle Awards. And, in 2004 Big Sister Association of Greater Boston honored her at its Annual Gala event. In 2005 Bryant University recognized her as the New England Businesswoman of the Year.
Ms. Donlan has spent her entire life learning how to take care of her own health through diet and exercise. She has taken nutrition courses from the University of MA to start a career as a diet counselor first at Diet Center and then in her own practice. She worked at Spence Center for Women’s Health developing the first women’s health center in the country to integrate western and eastern medicine. And, most recently she received her training as a Health Coach from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition's cutting-edge Health Coach Training Program.
During her training, she studied over 100 dietary theories, practical lifestyle management techniques, and innovative coaching methods with some of the world’s top health and wellness experts. Her teachers included Dr. Andrew Weil, Director of the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine; Dr. Deepak Chopra, leader in the field of mind-body medicine; Dr. David Katz, Director of Yale University’s Prevention Research Center; Dr. Walter Willett, Chair of Nutrition at Harvard University; Geneen Roth, bestselling author and expert on emotional eating; and many other leading researchers and nutrition authorities.
Ms. Donlan is married for 40 years to Fran Donlan, financial advisor at Janney. She has a son, David, 36, a sales manager at Hubspot in Cambridge and a daughter-in-law, Sheila, 37, a nurse at Tufts Medical Center. Born and raised in Newton, MA, Ms. Donlan is a 40 year resident of Hingham, MA. She is an avid runner and walker, running/walking at least 3 ½ miles every day for 34 years.
As a serial entrepreneur, type A personality, highly enthusiastic, motivated woman in business, she learned early on that being healthy and physically fit was critical to her success.
Running a business takes a lot of mental and physical energy. She often starts her day at 4:30 a.m. and doesn’t get back into bed until 10 p.m. During that time she is selling, schmoozing, speaking, writing, moving and doing her best to keep alert and focused. She couldn’t do this, particularly at my age (60), if I didn’t have my primary foods in balance. (Primary foods: relationships, career, physical activity, and spirituality).
Of course, secondary foods also play a tremendous part in our overall health, level of energy and staying power. Ms. Donlan walks her talk and shares the not so secret tips of her success through healthy eating and living.