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Donna Gillenardo Duffy

  • Bethany Beach Books 99 Garfield Parkway Bethany Beach, DE, 19930 United States (map)

Meet Donna Gillenardo Duffy, author of Embracing Autumn, on Sunday, August 14th at 6:30pm!

Embracing Autumn

Look deep inside yourself as the leaves of your life change color and this scrumptious season yields up its harvest. It is autumn. It’s our season and an unprecedented time of courage and growth for mid-life women entrepreneurs. This chapter of our lives is wrought with possibility, so ripe for the picking, brimming with wisdom and possibility that must not be wasted for one second. This book is for business women in their middle years, in encore careers, second acts reinventing themselves and changing the world around them. They are Embracing Autumn and bringing the wisdom, strength, insight, and grace into the marketplace. In this enlightening and inspiring book by Donna Duffy, CEO/Founder of 3E Marketing Solutions, you’ll discover: § Why your mid-life entrepreneurial journey is an unprecedented time of courage, growth and reinvention. § How your years of wisdom, strength, insight and experience perfectly position you for success in life and business. § How creating your own manifesto helps you on your quest toward transformation and change in yourself and the world around you. § How resolve and tenacity keep you steadfast as you pursue your vision and achieve your dreams. § Why collaboration, partnership and sisterhood bonds create greater abundance and opportunity. In Embracing Autumn, Donna Duffy cuts straight to the heart of women in midlife who are impacting the world with their ideas, insight and innovation. Each chapter is a manifesto that has guided Donna on her path as a business owner and will embolden others to forge ahead and blaze trails for others to follow. Donna’s no-nonsense style will engage you and remind you that this season of your life is to be embarked upon with the greatest of passion and purpose. Your years and experiences have equipped you. Now it’s time to step in and embrace this season with grace, poise, resilience and confidence.


About Donna
From Donna's Website

Donna Duffy, CEO and founder of 3E Marketing Solutions is a visionary entrepreneur and thought leader with a background of over 30 years in leadership and education. A graduate of Eastern University, Donna quickly put her business and leadership knowledge to work in hospitality management.  At 24, she had the deep desire to serve overseas.  So, with a backpack, a wave and the expectation of being home in a couple of months, she told her parents goodbye and took off.  After some extended traveling, she was drawn to the Middle East, where she stayed for almost 20 years, creating a rich life for herself and family. 

Donna immersed herself in the local community, implementing community summer camps, art classes, and a library for the children, as well as an exercise group for moms.  It was her life in that neighborhood that helped to shape her thinking and values regarding community and “bridge building.”  In, 1997 she was approached to assist a few students in need of some help.  It quickly became apparent they needed much more than a “little help.”  So, with 10 kids and a box of books, she created and ran Bridging the Gap, a school for Arab–American students, and to her great joy, it is now in its 18th year. 

After returning to the States, Donna secured a position in the education field.   However, after 4 years she couldn’t deny her entrepreneurial passion.  In 2006, she and her business partner, Pat Howes, started an event planning business, Memorable Milestones, LLC, and 6 months later, launched a tutoring company, Academic Connections Tutoring Services.  Out of her desire to build community and help others, she organized and facilitated a weekly marketing mastermind group of small business owners that met around her kitchen table, to discuss marketing strategies and tips, as well as discuss joint venture projects to cross-promote participating businesses.  This is how 3E Marketing Solutions was born.

3E’s mission is to educate, equip and engage small to mid-sized businesses, non-profits and associations with the strategies and marketing tools necessary to effectively market in the 21st century.  Known for her intelligence, strategic thinking and collaborative, inclusive approach, Donna has created a new community within the Delaware area.  Donna coaches business owners to evaluate and clarify their mindset, identity and resources while offering solutions for their business and marketing needs.  Applying her expertise, wisdom and a grassroots approach, Donna guides others to re-ignite their sense of passion and purpose.  Through one-on-one coaching, workshops, digital marketing services, implementation, public speaking and events, Donna, and her team at 3E Marketing Solutions, serve small-mid size businesses, non-profits and associations from their office located in downtown Wilmington, Delaware. 

.         2015 Business Women of the Year, New Castle County Chamber of Commerce

·         Current President, National Association of Women Business Owners, Delaware Chapter  

·         Certified Marketing Consultant -Infusionsoft 2012

·         Master Coach Seasons of Change Certification

·         2010 Master Business Consultant - Smart Women’s Institute of Entrepreneurial Learning

·         2012 Alumnus of the Year Eastern University  

·         2012 Inspiring Business Award Bethany-Fenwick area Chamber of Commerce

·         Contributing Author – Inspired Women Succeed

·         Contributing Author -Smart Women Live Their WHY

·         Featured in recently released book, Pearls: Women Who Radiate Success Book 1

Earlier Event: August 11
Toby Devens
Later Event: August 15
Elisabeth Egan