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Vicki Donlan, Consultant and AuthorVicki Donlan

Consultant and Author

Vicki Donlan is President of Vicki Donlan, an independent consulting firm assisting organizations with their marketing to women strategies.


Ms. Donlan founded Women’s Business, a 25,000 controlled-circulation newspaper devoted to women in business in the Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Rhode Island region in 1998 and sold it to the Boston Herald in 2004, remaining as publisher through 2007.

Her first book HER TURN Why It’s Time for Women To Lead in America was published in September 2007. She is a regular guest discussing women in business on New England Cable News’ Business Day and a well-known speaker at conferences and to corporate America.

Ms. Donlan was the first Executive Director of The Commonwealth Institute, a nonprofit organization founded by twelve prominent Boston women CEOs to assist women entrepreneurs in the growth of their businesses.

As co-founder and first Executive Director of the South Shore Women’s Business Network and founder of The Alliance of Women’s Business and Professional Organizations, Ms. Donlan has been instrumental in the growth of networking for women entrepreneurs and corporate leaders. She was honored by the U.S. Small Business Administration as the Massachusetts and New England Women in Business Advocate for 1994 for her efforts in working with women in small to medium size businesses. In 1997, she was honored with the South Shore Women’s Business Network ‘s Women Mean Business Award for her continuing efforts to help women achieve business success. The Boston YWCA inducted her into their Women of Achievement Class of 1999 and she was honored, June 2000, with the Massachusetts Women’s Political Caucus’ Abigail Adams Award as an outstanding Massachusetts woman. Pine Manor College recognized her at its 2001 graduation with an honorary Doctors of Letters degree as its most distinguished alumnae. Patriots’ Trail Girl Scout Council recognized her as a 2002 Leading Woman. The Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce honored her with its Achievement in Business at the 2002 Pinnacle Awards. And, in 2004 Big Sister Association of Greater Boston honored her at its Annual Gala event. In 2005 Bryant University recognized her as the New England Businesswoman of the Year.

At the community level, Ms. Donlan is the former president of the Patriots’ Trail Girl Scout Council and served on the Advisory Board of Key Bank and the Campaign Cabinet for the United Way of Massachusetts Bay. She currently serves on the Advisory Board for the Center for Women and Enterprise. Ms. Donlan is a member of the Corporate Directors Group.

Ms. Donlan continues to consult with business leaders to maximize their advertising and marketing strategies and to develop appropriate exit strategy.

Personal Information

Ms. Donlan is married to Fran Donlan, financial advisor at Janney Montgomery Scott. She has a son, David, 31, a sales executive at Hubspot in Cambridge. Born and raised in Newton, MA, Ms. Donlan is a 36 year resident of Hingham, MA. She is an avid runner, running 3 ½ miles every day for 30 years.