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About Dr. Julie Donley

Dr. Julie Donley is passionate about helping healthcare leaders thrive in leadership, achieve operational efficiencies, and create healthy, safe work environments to support the well-being of the healthcare workforce and create high-performing teams. Her experiences in healthcare, along with her personal experiences, sparked her passion for coaching, motivational speaking, and writing.

Julie is no stranger to tragedy. She knows firsthand what it means to conquer adversity. Having overcome addiction, a grave illness, divorce, the untimely death of her ex-husband, single-parenthood, indebtedness as well as being laid-off three times, Julie brings a wealth of personal experience to her work. In her quest for a better life – and better leadership, she has found that the path to happiness resides within – in becoming a better person. This is the foundation for her life and her work.


Dr. Donley began her healthcare career in psychiatric nursing in 1993 and, for nearly a decade, served as an executive nurse in behavioral health while also providing internal coaching and leadership development, training, and mentoring. She founded her company, Nurturing Your Success LLC, in 2001 to provide personal and leadership development to healthcare professionals who want to show up prepared, confident, and authentic in their leadership roles.


Dr. Donley is the author of several books including Does Change have to be so H.A.R.D.? and The Journey Called YOU: A Roadmap to Self-Discovery and Acceptance and has authored more than 300 presentations, publications, and eBooks. Her expertise includes helping leaders grow their emotional intelligence, become self-aware, communicate effectively, practice empathy, and utilize coaching skills to create an influential culture resulting in highly productive teams.


Her passion for understanding the importance of a leader’s impact on the workforce extended to her doctoral dissertation where she investigated the impact of factors of the psychosocial work environment on job satisfaction for behavioral healthcare workers. For her work, Dr. Donley has been recognized by Leadership Excellence Magazine as a Top 100 Thought Leader in Personal Development and been the recipient of Main Line Today’s “Healthcare Hero” award.


Dr. Donley achieved a Doctor of Education in Organizational Leadership from Grand Canyon University, a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from DeSales University, a Bachelor (and Associate) of Science in Nursing from Gwynedd Mercy University, and a Bachelor of Business Administration from Temple University. Julie holds the following certifications:

  • Executive certificate in non-profit management from Georgetown University

  • Professional Certified Coach (PCC) through the International Coaching Federation (ICF)

  • Certified EQ Profile Practitioner - a powerful emotional intelligent instrument

  • Accredited in the use of the ESCI (Emotional, Social Competency Instrument)

  • A certified member of the John Maxwell Team


To learn how you might work with Julie, schedule a free coaching consultation today. 

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