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Kathie Donovan, Author, Broadcaster, Coach, Corporate Trainer, Speaker, Workshop Facilitator | Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

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"I come from a place of passion and being connected to people in meaningful ways."

What is your mantra?
Courage is my super power!

What is the key to staying positive and always moving forward?
Life and business are about ebb and flow; I don't expect to stay positive all the time. I like to think that I'm always improving my foundation whether there's apparent forward movement or not. What I know for sure is making choices that are aligned with my values of educate, elevate, celebrate and collaborate keeps me in my lane. I trust my intuition and I practice good self-care, so I have reserve when the right opportunity presents itself.

What has been your biggest obstacle in business and how did you overcome it?
Fear has been my biggest obstacle in business. I've experienced fear in all of its many disguises. What I've learned is the way through fear is with courage. Everything I do in business is an expression of courage; it's a reflection of who I am and the values I cherish. I've learned that we need to acknowledge and face fear to diminish its power; then we can truly rise with courage.

In your opinion, what is the most vital component to growing a business?
I'm committed to ongoing personal and professional development. School does not equal education; sometimes life is our best teacher and the challenges we encounter are the exams we need to pass, to rise to the next level. Ongoing education and reflection, being a good listener and learning to ask appropriate questions make us excellent students of life and business.

Tell us about yourself/your business.
With over forty years' experience as an on-air radio and television broadcaster, I've always had a keen interest in storytelling and human behaviour. My personal quest for self-knowledge has shaped two books: Inspiration in Action: A Woman's Guide to Happiness and Unconform: Harnessing the Radical Power of Courage.

Now, I'm on a mission to help the world evolve in the direction of more goodness, more kindness, more positivity and more courage. To inspire others to be catalysts in this evolution, I lead workshops for women; I'm a keynote speaker and provide workplace sessions, to encourage leadership for women. I also produce and host an annual event and television series in Ottawa, called Refresh your Passion. It's not a one-woman job; it takes an enthusiastic community of kind, compassionate people to create the shift; I hope you'll join me.

Photographer: Lindsey Gibeau