OK, so you’re stuck. We all have passion-fueled dreams that may seem too bold or too risky. We are continually challenged to meet our goals, either the goals of our organization, or the goals we set in our personal life. However, we often feel that our goals and dreams are out of reach, that we are not ready, we don’t have the time, or maybe we’re just not good enough. During this session, Jenn Donahue exposes the reasons you’re not moving forward. Many of us struggle with imposter syndrome, self-doubt, the fear of failing, and roadblocks.  Jenn has too, many times while leading on the battlefield and in the boardroom. With her five-step method, developed through scientific research and personal experiences, she provides the audience the keys to moving forward into their potential. Her story-driven approach underscores the importance of believing in yourself, and what’s needed to reach your unattainable dreams. Attend this session and you will:

  • Identify the key factors that are holding you back from achieving your goals and dreams
  • Analyze the steps to overcome fear, indecision, or disorientation to plan a path for success
  • Assess the benefits of pushing through the obstacles that stand in your way.


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    Jenn Donahue, PhD, PE

    Founder, Dare to Rise
    President, JL Donahue Engineering

    Jenn Donahue PhD is a retired US Navy Captain and former Commodore for an 1,800 personnel Regiment. She is also a civil engineer who works on large scale, high profile projects. Over her 27-year career, Donahue has built a bridge across the Euphrates River in the midst of the Iraq war, commanded an 800-personnel Battalion in Afghanistan, and constructed combat outposts in the middle of deserts filled with insurgents.

    Donahue has led earthquake and tsunami reconnaissance missions in places like Samoa and Japan; designed the seismic plans for a bridge over the Panama Canal; and built roads by blasting and drilling in the coldest climes of Ketchikan.

    Donahue founded JL Donahue Engineering, Inc. and Dare to Rise. She also lectures at UC Berkeley and UCLA.