About Me

This is my story. As an accomplished woman in midlife, you might hear its echo in yours…

I was a champion people-pleaser. I learned to be a chameleon from an early age, to be what others needed me to be to make them happy. And it served me well. I became a wife, a mother, and a success in my career.

But as I got older, a voice started pushing back when I would do things that were incongruent with my own wants and needs. It got louder until it became difficult to ignore. When I finally began to get quiet and ask myself what *I* want, I realized, “I don’t think anyone has ever asked me that question.”

My life began to shift in the inquiry. I began to trust myself and built an inner strength I hadn’t realized I possessed. I began to interview women, in search of answers, and discovered two things: the older I got the more powerful I felt, and I wasn’t alone.

We come into the world as sacred beings. As we go through life, we let upbringing, cultural values, family, responsibility, career divide us from it until we hit a point when we remember that sacredness is our birthright. It’s time to come back around, to remember our innate creativity, our purpose, and the desires we left behind.

My work is to help you to see that you can, in fact, come back around. You don’t have to feel like you are trapped by the desperate grip with which you hold everything together – career, relationship, spirituality, family, community. The alternative is gradual. It’s whole. It’s inner health. I call its accumulation the Wealth of the Self. It is your sacred capital, and it is always there for you.


After 20 successful years in the corporate and non-profit world, I experienced my own turning point. Today I mentor women through their unique turning points and help them cultivate extraordinary lives of passion and purpose in midlife and beyond.


I spent those 20 years working as a leader in fundraising, sales, marketing, management, and operations. Over time I came to realize that I was naturally coaching the people around me, and achieved coaching certifications in order to do the work I feel most called to do.


I’m an independent Certified Coach, Trainer & Speaker with the John Maxwell Team; a Certified Retirement Coach through Retirement Options, Inc., the leader in retirement coach training, and a Certified ReCareer Coach, an assessment driven coaching system that is the first of its kind to address the new population of career changers and career extenders created by the new economy.


I’m the author of more than a dozen books and audio programs including the book [R]evolution: A Soulful and Practical Guide to Creating the Life You Want and From Breakdown to Breakthrough: Seven Women Executives Share Their Turning Points. I’m a co-author of “The Gratitude Project: Celebrating Moms & Motherhood“, and have provided expert commentary to ForbesWoman, WE Magazine for Women, 85 Broads, Expert Insights, and other publications that focus on business women and women in midlife. I was named 1 of 101 Women Bloggers to Watch by WE Magazine for Women, was named a Fabulous 50 Top Blogger by Boomer Diva Nation, and winner of the Best Coaching Blogs by the School of Coaching Mastery, two years in a row.

Outdoorswoman + Grandmother

And just in case you might be wondering who I am when I take off my business hat, I’ve had a life-long love affair with the great outdoors. Despite chronic health issues that can impact by ability to exercise, I hike and bike whenever I can. One of my all-time favorite excursions took me to Africa for two weeks to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro (all 19,341 feet of it) at the age of 41. Traveling is probably my next greatest passion besides spending time with my six grandchildren, and I enjoy reading, gardening, online puzzles, chai tea lattes, and watching anything with Titus Welliver in it. 

A reminder for late bloomers…

Grandma Moses began painting in her late 70s.

Laura Ingalls Wilder published the first of eight volumes of the Little House series at 65. Marjory Stoneman Douglas began her environmental crusade for the protection of the Everglades at the age of 79.

At 39 I received my B.S. in Human Development and Family Studies from Penn State University, where I graduated in the top 1% of my class (something I’m especially proud of because I did this while working full time and raising my two children).

As George Eliot said: “It’s never too late to be who you might have been.”

If you’re a high-achieving, creative midlife woman intent on making this next stage of your life uniquely your own, Click here and let’s explore the possibilities together! I can’t wait to hear from you

To schedule your free consultation email me at evelyn@evelyn-donato.com.

Credentials and Affiliations:

  • Certified John Maxwell Coach, Trainer and Speaker. Founding Member. Issued August 2012
  • Positive Psychology Coaching, School of Coaching Mastery. Issued Apr 2012
  • Certified ReCareer Coach, ReCareer, Inc. Issued Nov 2009
  • Certified Retirement Coach, Retirement Options, Inc. Issued Nov 2009
  • International Coaching Federation, Coach and Member


So many women have reached, or are in the process of reaching, a major transition in their lives. Whether it be career, relationships, things you’ve tolerated for way too long, or a deep tug at your soul that’s pulling you toward something new and different, you may find it difficult to know where to start – or how to stay with it when it becomes challenging. This is why I wrote [R]evolution and why I created it in a workbook format so that you can take notes in it, write in the margins, do the exercises within the book or doodle to your heart’s content. It’s waiting for you. [R]evolution: A Soulful and Practical Guide to Creating the Life You Want.