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4 of The Best Podcast Episodes for Donna James. A collection of podcasts episodes with or about Donna James, often where they are interviewed.

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4 of The Best Podcast Episodes for Donna James. A collection of podcasts episodes with or about Donna James, often where they are interviewed.

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Women of Influence: Lardon & Associates Managing Director Donna James

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You might know Donna James from her time at Columbus financial and insurance giant Nationwide. Or maybe you or someone you know have been a member of the African American Leadership Academy, which she co-founded. Or perhaps you've served on a board with her, or worked for a nonprofit she's helped shepherd, or encountered her through her advisory work at her firm, Lardon & Associates.

In short, James has a long resume and a lot of demands on her time. So when she came in for our Women of Influence podcast, I asked her how she keeps her plate from overflowing: How does she know when it's time to say no to something, and how does she say it?

Her answer? That's something she's still figuring out herself.

“I probably don’t say no very well," James said. "But I’m still learning. Because my preference is to say yes, and I if I have to say no, say, ‘No, not me, but here’s someone, or here are two or three people, that I think might be interested in doing this. Can I introduce you to them?’ And that has worked out very well.”

For more from James, check out the full interview
Jan 17 2020 · 28mins
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Women of Influence preview with Donna James (plus my thoughts on Meghan Markle)

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Donna James was doing work she loved, leading several financial services subsidiaries of Columbus-based insurance giant Nationwide.

Then she had a stroke.

"It was what the doctors would technically call a mini-stroke, but it didn't feel mini to me," James said during a recent taping of our Women of Influence podcast.

James, who was only 49 at the time of her stroke, recovered, but she saw the medical scare as a reason to think about what the shape of her career should look like.

“It caused me to rethink. It was a moment for pause, and to say, ‘Ok, what is it I really want to be doing? What else do I want to do?’" James said. "And I knew I wouldn’t be able to figure that out if I kept doing what I was doing.”

Check out our biweekly podcast preview episode to hear more from James on her decision to leave Nationwide and ultimately launch her own business, Lardon & Associates.

You'll also hear some thoughts from me on one of the biggest stories of the week (think British royals) and how its relates to the question we ponder on this podcast.
Jan 10 2020 · 7mins
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Anchored Women’s Conference: Saturday Morning Donna James

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Donna James opened Saturday Morning by taking a look at our foundations and what we can build upon.
Apr 30 2016 ·
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Anchored Women’s Conference: Friday Night Donna James(QUIET AUDIO)

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Donna James brought a challenging word Friday night encouraging us to remain anchored in God's Word.
Apr 29 2016 ·