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Vicki Donlan
Vicki Donlan is a business and health coach assisting executives and business owners in achieving excellence in what they do. 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 and entrepreneur needs.

She is the former publisher and founder 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 was the first Executive Director of The Commonwealth Institute, a nonprofit organization founded by twelve prominent Boston women CEOs to assist women entrepreneurs in the growth of their businesses. In this role, she facilitated CEO forums to assist in the growth of $250,000 to over $20M small businesses.

As co-founder and first Executive Director of the South Shore Women’s Business Network and founder of The Alliance of Women’s Business and Professional Organizations, 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.

At the community level, Ms. Donlan is the former Entrepreneur in Residence at Bridgewater State University, former president of the Patriots’ Trail Girl Scout Council and served on the Advisory Board of Key Bank and the Campaign Cabinet for the United Way of Massachusetts Bay. She currently serves on the Advisory Boards for Leading Women, the Center for Women and Enterprise, the Center for Entrepreneurship Studies at Bridgewater State College and Delfigo Security Systems. Ms. Donlan is a Recreation Commissioner for the Town of Hingham.

Entries by Vicki Donlan

Memo To Hillary

(0) Comments | Posted May 15, 2014 | 11:20 AM

You don't know me -- although we met once in 2007 when you were running for president and came to Boston to speak at Symphony Hall to a standing-room only crowd -- but I am asking you to run for president of the United States for 2016.


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3 Myths About Women Entrepreneurs

(0) Comments | Posted January 23, 2014 | 10:23 AM

There is no doubt that the U.S. economy is being buoyed by women entrepreneurs. Every time a new business is launched money is distributed to a variety of vendors required to get the company up and running. In many cases, new employees are hired and put to work. So why...

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Women Must Have a Seat at the Table

(0) Comments | Posted December 10, 2013 | 5:40 PM

In 2013, the talk of getting a seat at the table for young women in business is often considered absurd. For some reason, many young women believe that the seat will be theirs when their turn comes. Yet, a week doesn't go by that an article or book isn't published...

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Women Can Be the Leaders of the Future

(0) Comments | Posted November 4, 2013 | 3:43 PM

Have we turned into a country of followers? Everywhere I look, I see men and women attempting to be like their neighbors, doing their best to look like them, act like them, purchasing the things they have and professing the same values. For the first time in my lifetime, it...

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Are Women in Business Prisoners of Their Own Minds?

(2) Comments | Posted October 3, 2013 | 3:32 PM

Why is it that so many women consistently sabotage themselves in business? Why do women in business, particularly corporate women, insist on allowing their mind to run away from reality even when it is staring them in the face? The question really is why do so many women become prisoners...

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Women Entrepreneurs Will Change The World

(0) Comments | Posted September 17, 2013 | 2:36 PM

The constant drumbeat of change is all around us and for those who don't embrace it, "the train," as they say, "has left the station."

Women entrepreneurs, in my experience, embrace change more often than their male counterparts. I say this because I believe that women have a natural understanding...

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Money: The Challenge for Women Entrepreneurs

(0) Comments | Posted September 10, 2013 | 1:56 PM

You don't have to be a woman entrepreneur to know the challenges of money! But, women entrepreneurs learn early-on that their former educational experience with money may not be enough when it comes to launching, operating and growing a small business. Money problems can start early, fester and...

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What's Wrong With Being a Small Business Woman Entrepreneur?

(4) Comments | Posted September 3, 2013 | 12:12 PM

Are you as tired as I am of reading about how women entrepreneurs create only small businesses and need to think bigger? Are you proud of the business you launched and happy with your $1/4M, $1/2M or $1M in revenues?

If so, than this blog is meant for you!


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3 Ways Women in Business Deal With Male Chauvinism

(0) Comments | Posted August 27, 2013 | 6:35 PM

It may be 2013, but male chauvinism is alive and well and rampant in America! Yes, I said it loud and proud. Women in business, working women, women entrepreneurs, stay-at-home moms, yes, all women, must keep their antennas engaged and prepared to encounter neanderthal thinking. It is lurking...

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America Needs Women to Lead

(4) Comments | Posted August 26, 2013 | 9:14 AM

How many times must I express the need for new leaders? How many times must I impress upon women to be the leaders we need to be to do what has to be done to keep America strong? Isn't it clear to everyone that America is lacking in leadership in...

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