Lynn McDonald is an entertaining speaker with a national clientele. She is also CEO of a national training firm with headquarters in Sarasota, Florida where she lives with her husband, Michael McDonald, and their two eight-year-old, four-legged children (Shetland sheep dogs), Scoop and Dover.
Lynnwas born and raised in the smallest state in the union-Rhode Island. She claims to have developed her sense of humor and writing style from being raised in a first generation Italian family, which she compares to "living with the Beverly Hillbillies minus the truck and the oil." And she tells all in her first book, "LADIES...If Your Horse Is Dead, DISMOUNT!" including how she was the first one in her family to get a PhD. ("professional hairdresser" license) and the only family member to venture outside one zip code. In her second book, "How to Use Your Shopping Skills to Get A Man,"she continues to deliver humor with common sense and a certain ethnic wisdom.
As for zip codes, she's had more than a few. Her first stop was Pittsburgh, as regional training and development director of J.C. Penney Co., where she traveled 12 states and oversaw operations for 150 styling salons. Her second stop was Cleveland, as national director of education for Matrix Essentials. Then she went on to Bristol Myers Squibb as training and development director. Her last stop, she hopes, is zip code 34236 in Sarasota, Florida where she opened the first Ben & Jerry's ice-cream store in Sarasota and turned it into the number five store in sales in 10 countries in just one year.
Lynn then became hostess of the TV shows "Just the Facts" and "Destination Sarasota." She went on to produce the international training film, Hoofs Up Doc! Prescription for Change, which was released in both the U.S. and China. In addition, she is a frequent TV and radio guest.
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