Donna delivers high-energy, inspirational and transformational keynotes. She has been referred to as a force of nature who lights a path for others to follow.

For booking and availability to have Donna ignite your audience and ensure your event success, contact:
Lisa Henry, Director of Sales and Events
714-524-9404 or

Donna’s Popular Keynotes:

Donna Cardillo at TED-x

Donna Cardillo at TED-x

For Nurses



Donna offers retreats independently (see Events page) but can also arrange and facilitate a private retreat for your team members. Contact us for additional information.

The Power of Resilience

Challenge, change, and chaos has become the order of the day in our personal and professional lives. So how can you meet them head on and bounce back better and stronger rather than being overwhelmed? Donna will show you how to foster strategies to respond positively to change, adversity and stress while developing a sense of mastery, confidence, and personal power. Learn to turn challenges that threaten to knock us to the ground into the building blocks we need to become more successful, more joyful, and ultimately, more alive.

Attendees will learn to:

  • Build personal power and confidence
  • Embrace change
  • Approach life with a positive perspective
  • Develop habits to nurture and nourish self

The Power of Transformation

This transformational program confronts the inevitability of change in our lives and careers, understanding why we resist change, strategies to embrace change and stay relevant, and how in the end, change will help us to create a vibrant future for ourselves and our profession. Without change, there is no growth and if you’re not growing you’re stagnating!

Participants will learn:

  • How to overcome their fear of change
  • Specific ways to build ‘change stamina’
  • How to maintain inner calm in the midst of outer chaos
  • Strategies for personal and career transformation
  • The importance of avoiding obsolescence

Becoming Fearless in Career and Life 

If you’re a member of the human race, you’ve experienced more than one obstacle, set-back, or otherwise dark time in your life. Perhaps you’ve had a major life event (illness, divorce, job loss, aging) that has left you feeling disoriented and afraid. Maybe your current circumstances don’t stimulate you and you are desperate for a change but don’t know what direction to move in. Possibly there’s something you really want to do but fear has you frozen in place. This uplifting program will teach you how to develop the energy and the courage to move beyond fear and leave you feeling inspired, empowered and ready for action.

Participants will learn how to:

  • Move from fear to freedom
  • Create positive momentum in their life and work
  • Discover how to use current and past challenges as a springboard for success
  • Triumph over self-doubt, disappointment, and heartache
  • Live fully and authentically  


Taking Care of You, Inc. – The Business of Self-Care

In the hectic, fast-paced, and high-pressure world we live and work in, it’s not enough to manage our time; we also have to manage our energy. Energy reserves, depleted by increasing demands, must regularly be replenished. Neglecting this need results in negativity, poor focus, reduced productivity, and ultimately burnout.

Join Donna in a refreshing and upbeat program about the whys and hows of renewal, rejuvenation, and energy management guaranteed to make you happier, healthier, more focused, and yes, even more productive!

This upbeat program offers practical strategies for:

  • Keeping a fresh perspective year after year
  • Creating, innovating and inspiring when those around you are wilting
  • Staying energized and focused in the midst of chaos
  • The power of disengagement – what it is and how to do it
  • Formulating a dynamic for future success 

Nurse Power!

Harnessing the power, the passion, and the pride of nursing

This uplifting program is designed to remind nurses of their own greatness and empower them for future success. It’s guaranteed to make nurses feel good and proud of who they are, what they do, and how they contribute to healthcare. Get ready to be pumped up, turned on, and super-charged with Nurse Power!

Participants will learn:

  • What they already have going for them
  • How nurses have already changed the face of healthcare
  • How to be a nursing advocate
  • Techniques for assertive behavior/communication
  • Strategies for elevating the profession to new heights

Nursing – The Future is Ours! 

Nursing and healthcare stand at the precipice of radical change. As such, a unique opportunity presents itself for us to take on a larger and more pivotal role in healthcare beyond anything that most of us could have ever imagined. As this new role takes shape, nurses will need to change their way of seeing themselves, their profession, and their capabilities. It’s time to stop whining and start owning our power!

Participants will learn:

  • What’s in store for the healthcare delivery system over the next 20 years
  • Why nursing must reinvent itself
  • How nursing will evolve into a ‘superpower’ in healthcare
  • Which behaviors, mindsets, and patterns no longer serve us
  • How to get in shape to meet the challenges – and opportunities – of the future 

The Power of Precepting

How to Increase Your Impact and Expand Your Field of Influence

Preceptors are pivotal not only in shaping the next generation of nurses but also in driving the patient-centered experience. And with an increasingly complex and high-acuity environment in healthcare facilities, their role has never been more vital.

In this fun, informative, and energizing program, attendees will learn:

  • Key ways that preceptors influence and support newly licensed nurses
  • Fundamental professional development practices for preceptors
  • Core elements related to nursing professionalism
  • Areas where positive, proactive nursing language can enhance practice

Passionate Leadership: Soaring to New Heights 

Today’s leaders are challenged like never before. At the same time, they are in a unique position to have a greater impact on the future of their industry. So how can you stay inspired and continue to grow and evolve as a leader when chaos reigns, morale is low and change is a constant? Spend a high-content, high-fun hour (or longer) with The Inspiration Nurse and get primed, pumped-up and supercharged for the coming decade!

Participants will learn how to:

  • Identify and avoid the perils and pitfalls of being an experienced leader
  • Become stronger by softening yourself
  • Create physical and emotional accessibility
  • Stay relevant and inspired year after year
  • Self-management strategies to support your success

Empowered Nurse, Enlightened Practice™

Whether your passion for nursing is fired up or has fizzled out, Empowered Nurse, Enlightened Practice™ is for you! It has been created to empower, energize, and enlighten you for future success.

It is being offered in a setting that will provide an opportunity for individual disengagement (detaching from everyday work and life), relaxation, reassessment and planning, and recharging.

Workshop objectives:

  • Honor, value and celebrate your career path and each other
  • Heal and renew the healer within
  • Build confidence and personal power
  • Become a catalyst for positive change in nursing

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Empowered Woman, Enlightened Life™

An empowering program for women.

It’s time to reexamine your goals, your happiness quotient, and your heart’s deepest desires. Come answer the questions: “What’s next for me?” and “How do I get there?” Create a customized life plan to keep you energized, engaged, and excited in a weekend that teaches you how to:

  • Move from fear to freedom
  • Create positive momentum in your life and work
  • Triumph over fear, self-doubt, disappointment, and heartache
  • Live fully and authentically
  • Use past failures as springboards for future success
  • Develop direction and the courage to move forward
  • Build confidence and personal power

Download event flyer (pdf)