Who I am

Author * Professionally Trained Coach * Educator

For all the women in the world who are ready to step into their power and soar.

Donna Billings

Life isn’t simple. But the beauty of it is, you can always start over. It’ll get easier.

Alacia Bessette

Accomplishments: For the past 25 years I have transitioned through a very diverse. multi-level career, both in the corporate world and in academia. As a professionally certified coach, an author and former university faculty, I functioned as a senior level Organizational Development and Human Resource Manager; a full-time MBA assistant professor; and both adjunct faculty and consultant in the former  Duquesne University’s School of Leadership and Professional Advancement. I was the architect and co-founder of Duquesne’s Professional Coach Certification Program.

Coach: My coaching career has spanned over the past 20 years and my client base has been  diverse, from coaching new leaders from around the world as an invited participant in a joint program of the International Coach Federation and the United Nations UNICEF and World Food Programme.

November 2015 TAZ The Authors’ Zone Finalist in the autobiographical/self-help category for her book Red and Purple Hiking Boots, An Older Woman’s Trek to “It’s Never too Late

2013 ICF Midwest Regional Recognition Awards for Innovator Coach of the Year for her work as architect and founder of Duquesne University’s Professional Coach Certification Program.

Certifications and Education: Donna’s certifications include CPPC through the Coach Training Institute; Professional Certified Coach (PCC) through the International Coach Federation (ICF); Behavioral Coach through Marshall Goldsmith.  She is an authorized facilitator for Team Coaching International; trained in Organizational Relationship Systems Coaching; and a master certification trainer for the Center for Leadership Studies. She has served on the ICF Research and Education Committee; and is Past President of the ICF-Pittsburgh Coaches Association. Donna earned her Master’s Degree in Business from Robert Morris University.