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Laurel Donnellan

Laurel Donnellan

Laurel Donnellan is an author, coach and consultant helping people align the head and the heart for over 20 years. She leads clients through a process to solve complex personal and professional problems by creating a positive mindset, expanding their vision and developing strategic solutions. Laurel’s approach to transformation is informed by Yoga, Positive Psychology and a broad study of spiritual paths including Native American ceremonies. She embraced Yoga and Meditation 25 years ago to support her personal commitment to overcoming addictions.

Laurel is the co-author of Talking Yoga’s Compassionate Coaching Framework which merges the best practices of coaching with yoga techniques. Her workshops have been featured on NPR and she has written several books including Born to Do: The Practical Guide to Loving Your Work. Before joining Talking Yoga as Co-Founder, she was the CEO of Bright Livelihoods where she developed its evidence-based coach certification program and leadership training. Previously, she was the HR executive on a start-up team that built and sold a company for $150 million. Laurel has been helping people of all ages reconnect with their dreams. Her clients have included EDs, CEOs, yoga teachers, coaches, entrepreneurs, artists, and executives at MTV Networks, Facebook, JP Morgan Chase, IBM and Leo Burnett.

Areas of Expertise

Leadership Development and Resilience, Coaching and Training Coaches, Finding a Calling/Career Transitions, Time/Energy Management, Work/Life Balance and Wellness Practices, Addiction Recovery, Spirituality


Cornell University, B.S. Hotel Administration

Columbia University, M.A. Organizational Psychology

Hudson Institute, Certification, Life and Organizational Coaching

Nosara Yoga Institute, Certified YogaTeacher Training

New York University, Adjunct Faculty

·Guest Faculty at University of Denver, Cornell University, Fordham University and The Omega Institute