Living Well Column for Community Magazine/ August 2017

“A Nod to Nike”

Nike says it. Many of us try to live it. Just do it! Indeed, we did it this weekend in what Backpacker magazine calls “the most dangerous small mountain in the world.” Mt. Washington, in the White Mountains of NH, hosts approximately 250,000 visitors a year. Home of the world’s worst weather, Mt Washington sits at the intersection of several major storm tracks and is known for its extreme weather, rocky terrain and windy ways. The highest wind velocity ever recorded at any surface weather station belongs to Mt Washington at 231 mph.

Eight diverse, talented and teflon women climbed together this weekend in our first Lodge-to-Hut weekend adventure from Joe Dodge Lodge at Pinkham Notch Visitor Center. The 120 yr hut system was devised to provide refuge and meals to hungry hikers. We were edified by the “croo” (hut crews) with entertainment, education and hot meals at Lakes of the Clouds Hut, reportedly the most popular in the system. The overnight did not disappoint despite no shower, hot water, or electricity in our bunk room of 12 strangers turned friends. We wilderness women harnessed our physical strength, mental stamina and adventurous spirit to summit the northeast’s highest precipice in the east at 6300 ft. For those that don’t own hiking boots or a backpack, a Mt Washington climb is significant for a number of reasons:

1.  It’s hilly hard. Think one big tripping trap. Lots of rocks, little rest.

2.  The weather is highly unpredictable and potentially dangerous. The kill hill record currently stands at over 150 lives.

3.  It’s a multi-strength stretch assignment. Brains & beauty unite.

Our posse of packing mountain mamas brought their lust for life to the ascent. A land use attorney, a teacher, a memory making mom and her two daughters and a few seasoned entrepreneurs hoofed straight up the mountain to meet the vicissitudes of mountain life. The weekend weather predicted T-storms and lightening mixed with winds and wet weather. We showed up, stocked up and shuffled up Mt Washington’s steep steps and slippery trails. We left no stone unturned as we tested our mettle  along the miles of smiles and faces of occasional fear.

We revisited some universal truths about living well:

1.  Take calculated risks.

2.  Make new friends.

3.  Growth can be uncomfortable.

Sure, we could have played it safe with another delightful day at the Jersey shore, but then we wouldn’t have bonded with our inner outdoorswoman at such a high level(no pun intended). We wouldn’t have learned about eight kinds of cloud formations, the physics of wind or a the doggone wonder of mountain flora that stretches from New Hampshire’s White mountains to NJ(Labrador Tea).

Nike, the winged goddess of victory, would have been proud. We just did it with tenacity and teamwork. We will likely treasure this weekend trek for a lifetime. Learn more at to plan your next daring adventure. Do the training, make new friends, take risks and live well!

DonnaLyn Giegerich MBA CIC RYT is the CEO/President of DLG Consulting, an integrated leadership training company that supports talent agility and skills development for professionals. Conference keynoter and executive coach, she delights in helping others develop resiliency and reinvention at

Join us this Sat 2-4pm at Monmouth Park’s Turf Club for some stress busting yoga to benefit Women that Build at Habitat for Humanity. Look for local wellness leadership and enjoy a wide array of talented teachers while we network on and off the mat! $20pp Excited to be presenting with #SynergyYoga #MonmouthBeachYoga #AKneadedVacation #DNBEvents #DebHeptigYoga

I will be keynoting on effective leadership trends next week at another national business conference in Vegas. Have a favorite spa/show/yoga venue recommendation post business? Send your recommendations to for a free day pass to YogaOnTheLake this season. #SaturdaysRock #8:30AM #Memorial-LaborDay

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We’re KickingCancerOverboard next to send more #ToSeaForFree at Runapalooza marathon. Want to join our NJMarathon April 30 volunteer teams? Send an email at to join the fun. Thanks for all you do!

DonnaLyn has been helping executives and leadership talent succeed with the intersection of her entrepreneurial, speaking and wellness life. Catch her between keynotes and client care at 732-547-0894 for a conversation about your goals.

Hosting international college students from around the globe for a decade has been incredibly enlarging, culturally and experientially. We’ve witnessed houseguests pursue academic excellence in chemistry to political science from Dubai to Beijing. Surveys indicate that more than 70% of millennial respondents consider themselves “global citizens.” How about you?

DonnaLyn – Speaker at Colts Neck Business Association Photo credit: Tom Zapcic Photography

In my presentation with the Colts Neck Business Association, we considered our international IQ. The attendee responses were exciting and insightful. Several of the business leaders in attendance were retired executives from global brands that concurred with Hofstede’s dimensions researched for our talk. Another entrepreneur was in business with a Brazilian partner and another was rapidly growing his customer base to include Far East Indians that value informed customer service. All of the above interactions require cultural and communication competencies to engage effectively. So how are you showing up? If you’re ethnocentric, you may want to join us for our next enlightening conversation or a culturally rich consult.  Go global!

Not much of a slots gambler, but we did win big this month, so far. While at our annual Atlantic City Certified Insurance Counselor conference on Cyberliability and all things contracts, we were able to meet and greet new and longtime, trusted colleagues. Here’s what we learned:

Forbes magazine recently reported that cybercrime costs are projected to reach $2 trillion by 2019. When I coach and keynote, I talk about the power of planning to stay resilient in business and life. Professional hackers (aka Hackers for Hire), reportedly launch approximately 8 attacks per year, with an average income bounty of $30K/per hack attack according to a recent Ponemon survey. Troubling but true. Need a review? Contact me at

We’re back in town now “Going Global” with Colts Neck Business Association members. Had the honor to share what’s trending in the culturally competent lives of businesses near and far as their presenting speaker. #EnlargeYourLeadershipLife

Last week we shared what’s trending in Social Media to benefit local businesses and Habitat for Humanity’s Women that Build initiative. If you’re a nomophobe, you had company and hopefully made new contacts while building brand awareness. #TrendingTechTips #DNB Events

We’re KickingCancerOverboard next to send more #ToSeaForFree. Want to join our NJMarathon April 30 or Runapalooza April 22 volunteer teams? Send me an email at to join the fun. Thanks for all you do!

Keep winning,

First 100 Attendees will get a filled swag bag! Free prizes!
Join in on the fun and take a master yoga class at Monmouth Park Racetrack’s Turf Room. Fantastic instructors from local yoga studios are getting together to give a master class to benefit Habitat For Humanity of Monmouth County on earth day.

April 22 from 2:00-4:00 at 175 Oceanport Ave in Oceanport, NJ 07757

The Cost is $20 ahead of time and $25 at the door

There will be swag bags for the first 100 attendees and prizes! One lucky winner for 2 tickets to the Taste For Homes event which will take place on May 15th at the  Oyster Point Hotel.

Please bring your own yoga mat and towel.

  • Jennifer Portman from Synergy Yoga in Fair Haven
  • Donnalyn Giegerich from Yoga On The Lake Summer Series in Middletown
  • Regina Golden from Coba Yoga in Little Silver
  • Georgette Kaftan from Monmouth Beach Yoga
  • Melissa Beveridge from MBee Well
  • Nicole Lerario from Kneaded Vacation Massage
  • Debi Heptig from Bodhi Connect LLC
  • Kristin Gould from Synergy Yoga in Fair Haven

Please click here to register today!


I had the recent pleasure of whisking to Boston for business on the Acela with an extraordinary professional colleague, now admired friend. She epitomizes the quote penned by Leonard E Read, ” The person who fears to try is thus enslaved.” Let’s just say my client and trusted friend has been modeling freedom for many for decades. She’s the kind of person most of us aspire to become…smart, funny, generous and resilient. It takes consistent work to hone these skills and more than a few years of courageous living to master these leadership qualities. Which one do you value most or find most challenging to develop?

We’re back from Boston now but I’ll be sharing some insights gained on that brain train before heading to another insurance conference in Atlantic City. Join us for some great networking crafted by DNB Events, Fair Haven. If you’re local, join us to assess your sociability and global citizenry skills. I’ll be presenting on “Being Social” at Teak Rooftop, Red Bank Tuesday April 4th 6-9pm to benefit Habitat for Humanity.

On Wednesday April 12 8am at Colts Neck Municipal Center, we’ll be talking about your International IQ as a global citizen with the Colts Neck Business Association. 

Collectivist cultures prioritize honoring community to “save face” at all costs. Individualistic societies, like most American’s, prioritize initiative and personal achievement as pillars of leadership success. The ability to meet every aspect of life with the same serene face is a challenge for many. Instead, we trip ourselves up by thinking we have to be different situational for business, one for relationships, one for our hobbies and another for health and wellness goals. This can be so exhausting! So, how do you save face?

When I coach leaders on communication and impact skills, we always work from a place of authenticity. Being a calm, centered leader in a fast changing world gives comfort to our teams, builds resilience and preserves our sense of self awareness. Tall order perhaps, but research shows the most effective leaders hone these skills daily. If you’re local, join us to assess your sociability and global citizenry skills. I’ll be presenting on “Being Social” at Teak Rooftop, Red Bank Tuesday April 4 6-9pm to benefit Habitat for Humanity. On Wednesday April 12 8am at Colts Neck Municipal Center, we’ll be talking about your International IQ as a global citizen with the Colts Neck Business Association.

DonnaLyn Giegerich MBA, CIC, RYT
President, DLG Consulting Red Bank NJ
Keynotes, Business Consulting & Success Coaching..
@DonnaLynSpeaks on FB and Twitter

Howdy Lifeleaders!

This is busy conference season so before we head to Atlantic City, Vegas and several cities in between, I decided to take time out on the sunny beaches in Texas. Texas? Yep. Sunny, 85 degrees and never crowded. Besides, there’s always great company and quiet time in Texas that helps me focus for my busiest time of year. Where’s your unsuspecting favorite place to create and contemplate your best life? More importantly, how often do you get there to prioritize your integrated wellness?

When I help clients create message discipline for their teams and events, I remind them of three simple rules that have worked well for executives at all stages of their careers: Be brief, Be brilliant and Be brief. We’re so overstimulated today that it’s more important than ever to engage our audiences with brevity and impact. So how are you showing up?

I’ll be hosting a webinar on “How to Wow Your World” if you’d like to refine your messaging skills. This session will help leaders that have to make compelling introductions at business events, pitch a product or present content to a group. Engaging speakers are skilled students that have studied the art of presentation and persuasion. Interested in improving your success with a professional speaker that’s helped hundreds? Share your goals at and learn details for limited spots.

Join our next enlarging engagement near or far that aligns with your interests. Details at If you’re connected to our work, we’d be grateful for a “like” or “follow” at @DonnaLynSpeaks on FB and Twitter. Recently joined the Instagram wave… Holding out on SnapChat, although am watching their IPO with interest today to stay young and fun. Stay connected.

DonnaLyn Giegerich MBA, CIC, RYT
President, DLG Consulting Red Bank NJ
Keynotes, Business Consulting & Success Coaching..
@DonnaLynSpeaks on FB and Twitter

DonnaLyn has been helping executives and leadership talent succeed with the intersection of her entrepreneurial, speaking and wellness life. Catch her between keynotes and client care at 732-547-0894 for a conversation about your goals.

What’s Your Pivot Plan?

The winter season is a time of introspection, nesting and noticing a call for more quiet in our lives. We take cues from our beloved animals that hibernate and mother nature that ushers in seasonal changes to mirror our need for self reflection, deep rest and rejuvenation. The secular calendar reminds us to craft resolutions and the Solstice(Latin word for ‘stop’)encourages us to stand still to take stock. Once we’ve embraced these seasonal trends, how do we then forge on for renewed growth in the new year?

Here are three ways to craft a meaningful Pivot plan in 2017:

1. Lifeleaders that “play through the years” recognize that emotional agility is a key component to their successful lives. Much has been written lately on the importance of grit ( Angela Duckworth, PhD) and adaptability (Susan David PhD) as life skills to help us embrace disruptions in life. The good news is the ability to develop a meaningful “pivot plan” requires small, consistent changes that support our values to produce powerful results. The key, according to the research, is to prioritize self acceptance and to keep an open mind about our need for change in accordance with our inner wisdom and gut knowing. Small, conscious changes in alignment with the essence of who we are trumps big, dramatic shifts to impress others everytime. If your life is being directed by someone else’s expectations or another driving force that’s crippling your wellness and performance, it may be time to soul search during this Solstice season.

2. Lifeleaders embrace courage over comfort when it comes to crafting stretch goals in the new year. Moving forward to bring your best self forward produces its own rewards. If you’re considering a new career, starting a business or growing a family, ask others that have been there for wisdom, guidance and go to sources to empower your plan. Chances are there are blind spots you haven’t considered or untapped resources available to you that you didn’t even know existed before having these conversations. Going for what we’re passionate about even when we’re up against established interests or staggering odds can yield the sweetest returns on our efforts and enthusiasm. Never say never without doing the research first!

3. Lifeleaders know that the happiest people in the world are the ones that embrace a challenge with conviction for the benefit of the cause. They know shortcuts are few and that real results take time. They prepare their pivot plan with the understanding that the real joy of achievement is often in the struggle, not the prize. Learning to live for something outside themselves is the fuel that keeps their fire burning through all the seasons of their lives. Happy New Year!

DonnaLyn Giegerich MBA CIC RYT is a resilient leader that embraces pivot planning for success. She is the co founder of KickCancerOverboard, a 501c3 that has helped send over 200 cruisers “to sea for free” after her dual cancer couple crisis. She is the President of DLG Consulting, a leadership training, keynote and coaching business in Red Bank, NJ. Learn more at

DonnaLyn Giegerich MBA, CIC, RYT is the President of DLG Consulting, an empowerment speaking and training company. She is passionate about helping her clients improve their leadership lives. DonnaLyn has presented for corporations, medical conventions and leadership conferences to empower people and teams. Some of her clients include: Campbells, Novo Nordisk, Association of Professional Insurance Women and the National Kidney Registry.

DonnaLyn, will teach us how to improve our dominant messaging skills for more success in business and life. Learn more on LinkedIn/DonnaLynGiegerich, Facebook and Twitter @DonnaLynSpeaks


Thu, December 1, 2016
5:30 PM – 8:00 PM EST

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80 Broad Street
Ste #16
Red Bank, NJ 07701