By: Barbara Agin

I am sure you have all heard of the book “Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus.”

This classic acknowledges the differences between men and women in an effort to help them communicate more effectively.

In the business world, women have unique strengths and barriers to success. When Donnalyn Giegerich, the leader of an empowerment speaking and corporate training company, was highly recommended by a female credit union professional to speak at our Convention, we thought she was a perfect complement to our speaker line-up, especially since adding on the Emerging Leaders track focused on that next generation being groomed to move up the management ladder. 

“What’s Trending with Women and Leadership” is a two-part series dedicated to women; however, each session is effective as a stand-alone…and everyone can learn a thing or two!

I asked Donnalyn about each session, and based on her responses below, this really looks like a fabulous session!

Read the full interview by Barbara Agin NJCUL VP, Member Experience & Education

Why is it important to your professional development and ability to stay valued in the workplace? DonnaLyn Giegerich Wellness and Empowerment Speaking, who was highly recommended to speak at our Convention, will review this and more in the Emerging Leaders track!

Join us at the NJCUL 84th Annual Meeting & Convention

We loved working with DonnaLyn this year so please accept this exclusive invitation to our Spring Friends and Family Event Athleta in the Grove and share with your community. Visit us at Athleta in the Grove at Shrewsbury for a special Friends and Family Event and receive a special 25% off your TOTAL purchase, see store for details. Please RSVP and we’ll have your discount card waiting for you by name. We will have numerous in store events all week for you to enjoy.

583 Broad Street
Shrewsbury NJ 07702
10:00am – 8:00pm

The Monmouth County SPCA will be hosting its annual Valentine’s Brunch on Sunday, February 11, 2018 at Navesink Country Club in Middletown with DonnaLyn as Emcee. Our brunch is one of our most popular events, attracting more than 200 attendees. Proceeds from the brunch go directly to supporting MCSPCA programs that save thousands of abused and abandoned pets each year.

Our “Eat, Drink and Be Mine” Valentine’s day theme celebrates the love of a significant other, the devotion of cherished pets and the bond of friendships & family. We hope that you may consider donating an item for our chance or silent auction that is geared towards these special relationships in exchange for promotion at the event.

Being Average is out. Being Memorable is in. But how do we stand out as notable professionals in a world that spins to win at the speed of light?

Join Weichert in Waco Friday, Feb 16 2018 for a trending conversation on your resilient leadership skills. Learn tools and techniques to take your performance to peak levels regardless of your circumstances. Commit to considering a different way of working in the world that celebrates the power of languaging and the passion of purpose.

DonnaLyn Giegerich MBA CIC RYT has helped thousands of leaders “improve their groove” in business and life. As a national conference keynoter, corporate trainer, resilience coach and wellness warrior, she is passionate about helping others lead to succeed. She’s here today to share what’s possible for you as a real estate renegade and persistent producer of results. She’s worked with executives at fortune 500 companies to emerging entrepreneurs from California to Cornell. In addition to being the President/CEO of DLG Consulting, DonnaLyn maintains business interests in two NJ insurance agencies, is a licensed realtor/title agent and college economics professor. She is an entrepreneurial consultant for the Small Business Administration at America’s Small Business Development Center and co-founder of an award winning non profit. To recharge, she teaches yoga around the globe in the sun for fun.

My last leadership conference keynote in Vegas for the National Association of Insurance Premium Auditors confirmed a number of positive trends:

1. All generations of “smart” auditors are busy at work listening, collaborating and relating with one another to showcase a higher level of innovative thinking in the insurance industry.
2. All the leaders I met agreed that emotional engagement and caring about colleagues while delivering excellent work product will continue to be the imperative for work well done in the future.
3.  Embracing humility, curiosity and bias awareness will continue to be key leadership qualities as humans add value to work in a world of smart technology.

Would you agree? A great summer read for you might be Humility is the New Smart: Rethinking Human Excellence in the Smart Machine Age by Ed Hess. I’d love to hear your reviews!

If you’d like to build some humility this summer, join us for an hour of outdoor yoga. We’re here every Saturday until Labor Day 8:30am $10 pp suggested.
A portion of proceeds goes to send more “to sea for free” at our award winning non-profit, KickCancerOverboard.

Humility was at the center of our summit of Mount Washington this summer! Learn more about our teamwork and tenacity at for the blogpost entitled “Rocky Resilience” or read my “Living Well” August column at
Presented recently on Reinvention and Resiliency at Monmouth County Workforce Development for executives in transition. If you or someone you know is interested in refining their engagement skills, feel free to drop me a line at Local workshops in motion.                                                                       

Thanks for being part of our humble community,                                                           
DonnaLyn Giegerich MBA, CIC, RYT
President, DLG Consulting Red Bank NJ
Keynotes, Consulting & Success Coaching..  
@DonnaLynSpeaks on FB/ Twitter

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

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

Busy coaching leaders on presentation skills. Need a refresher? Mention this enews for a 10% discount. Offer through April 30. “Your expertise as a professional speaker is helping me uplevel my presentation skills at our events. Thank you for your honest, informed critique delivered in an encouraging manner!” Dawn D., Executive Director

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.

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!


Tickets for our annual Valentine’s Day Brunch are now available! We have so many NEW & FUN things in store for you this year including a Tunnel of Love Photobooth, Wine Toss Game and TONS of incredible auction items! PLUS everyone who buys a ticket is entered into a drawing to win a vacation to the Grenadine Caribbean Islands!! You don’t want to miss out!

More info and tickets are available here! Valentine’s Day Brunch to Benefit The Monmouth County SPCA