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Donna  Hartley

Donna Hartley

Cancer, Plane Crash & Heart Disease Survivor


Donna Hartley is proof that one woman can walk through fire and deliver a message powerful enough to impact millions of lives. For more than two decades she has captivated audiences worldwide with straight talk, vision, and wisdom-based strategies to master life’s challenges. In her empowering story of survival, she draws on three life-changing events in her life, igniting her audience with the firepower to awaken their untapped potential and master change in their lives. Read More >

On March 1, 1978, she survived a fiery DC-10 plane crash that transformed her life in seconds and inspired her to successfully change airline safety regulations; on March 1, 2002, she was diagnosed with Stage III Melanoma and today is a cancer-free, active spokesperson for cancer awareness; on March 1, 2006, she triumphed over unexpected open-heart surgery to replace a faulty aortic valve, and is now is a women’s health advocate.

Through her mentor, George, Hartley was coached on the value of persistence and learning the immense power of self reliance and determination to handle change and challenges. Armed with this knowledge and a passion to share her visionary insight, her enthusiasm is contagious as she infuses her audience with firepower to transform their lives.

A former Miss Hawaii and television actress, Hartley offers a captivating account of the momentous events that reshaped her life and revealed her calling to motivate. Her compelling story has been featured on NBC, ABC, PBS, and in The New York Times. A sought-after expert on piloting the changing tides of life, Hartley is a member of the National Speakers Association and is the owner of Hartley International. She has six stories in the Chocolate for a Women’s Soul series and is featured in Chicken Soup for the Miracles.  In addition, she is the author of Fire Up Your Life! and Fire Up Your Intuition!  and has two additional books forthcoming: Fire Up Your Healing and Fire Up Your Heart! Read Less ^

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Ignite Your Fire Power!

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Unique Patient Care & Essential Self-Care

Donna has a unique outlook when it comes to what patients and medical staff want and need. After surviving a DC-10 plane crash and enduring stage III melanoma, open heart surgery to replace an aortic valve, and TAVR to replace her replacement valve, Donna has a powerful understanding of both patient and staff needs. This presentation ignites the passion of healthcare professionals. It reminds them why they chose this profession… to help people. Through sharing her personal experiences, Donna empowers both staff and patients by exploring the mindset needed to build a successful recovery—mentally, emotionally, and physically. Read More >

Four-step program for patient care:

  • Connection and communication with physicians, surgeons, and medical staff to build a team environment that listens to the patient.
  • Personal attention provides proactive suggestions for the patient to be a part of their own recovery.
  • Quality of care between the medical staff and the patient focuses on attention to detail.
  • Hope and encouragement put the patient on track for recovery with positive words and actions, and explanations of their future steps.

Four-step program for self-care: Read Less ^

  • Raise your energy vibration; healthcare workers need to learn to recover and maintain their energy.
  • Learn eight powerful areas in your life to maintain balance.
  • Experience the calming power of meditation and intuition to rejuvenate the body, mind, and spirit.
  • Learn how attitude, self-talk, and inner leadership create joy and kindness in your life.

Fire Up Your Life! The Power of Inner Leadership

Have you ever wondered about your life purpose? Donna shares insights gained from her own experiences and offers nine strategies to overcome daunting challenges, get you unstuck, and move to great fulfillment and transformation. Acquire the skills you need to take your inner and intention leadership expertise to the next level. You will be empowered to shift your attitude with this inspirational and uplifting presentation. As a master storyteller, Donna relates the lessons learned from three life-altering events … a plane crash, stage III melanoma, and open-heart surgery … all on March 1 of different years. Read More >

Master the techniques it takes to be a survivor and thrive in these changing times. Read Less ^

  • Develop an attitude shift that creates inner leadership.
  • Acquire the techniques of the backward formula to create results.
  • Balance your life in eight critical areas.
  • Understand the effectiveness of inner dialog and intention.
  • Know that persistence is an inside belief.
  • Learn why humor has healing powers.
  • Master clear and effective communication.
  • Manifest and enhance your vibration energy and intention.
  • Create the power of knowing, and you will Fire Up Your Life!

Fire Up Your Speaking! Dynamic Presentation Skills

Do you want to be an exceptional presenter, influence lives, and advance your career? There is no greater skill than knowing what to say and how to say it. Make a difference when you speak with presentation, projection, and persuasion techniques. Learn how to develop a results-oriented presentation with tools such as body language, voice, and impact words. Heighten your techniques with a powerful opening statement, relevant key points, and a persuasive call-to-action close. Read More >

If you want to motivate your listeners to action, become a powerful speaker with unique storytelling skills. This offering can also be presented as a one- or two-day video training workshop. Read Less ^

  • Develop top notch presentation techniques.
  • Heighten your listening skills.
  • Be compassionate with your communication.
  • Have fun, master your nerves, and make it happen.
  • Use effective body language to your advantage.
  • Master your voice inflection.
  • Discover words that make a difference.
  • Begin your speech with impact.
  • Project your key points clearly.
  • Make your statistics understandable and relatable.
  • Conduct a productive business meeting.
  • Inspire your staff to follow through.
  • Call-to-action close for your speech.
  • Master a question-and-answer session.

Fire Up Your Healing! A Journey of Cancer & Heart Surgery

“Melanoma … stage III.” Those three words struck fear into every part of Donna’s body on March 1, 2002. Donna shares the ten-step health regime, blending a holistic approach with traditional medicine, that she developed after receiving her diagnosis of stage III melanoma. Read More >

After adhering to this health plan, she was told she was cancer-free. Four years later, on March 1, 2006 (the same date as her first two near-death experiences), Donna was on the operating table for surgery to replace a collapsing aortic valve. Again, she initiated her ten-step health regime to be ready for her team of doctors and also planning for her recovery. Now she was adamant about replacing any self-defeating thoughts and breaking free of negative patterns forever.

In this presentation, you’ll learn how combining traditional Western medicine and holistic, alternative practices can fire up your own healing: Read Less ^

  • The physical and emotional benefits of positive self-talk.
  • Why you need to get up … get moving … exercise.
  • Grab the healthy food choices... but educate yourself first.
  • Tune out the negativity.
  • Incorporate alternative medicines and techniques that lead to better and healthier results.
  • Cultivate a daily action of visualization.
  • Learn healing meditations that calm the nerves.
  • Construct a team of professional healthcare providers to put you on the fast track to a new and improved you.
  • Become a proactive, two-way communicator with your healthcare team to gain your best outcomes.
  • Set a specific intention for your body, mind, emotions, and spirit to work together for healing.

Healing Meditations: Mindfulness, Balance & Relaxation

You’ve probably heard you should meditate daily, but your internal response is Who, me? I can’t sit still that long! Read More >

Meditation is a refreshing way to manage stress in your life and create restful sleep. With ongoing meditation, you’ll learn the crucial skill of learning to trust your intuition.

In this presentation, Donna teaches the history and benefits of meditation along with a variety of effective techniques. Relax your body and travel in your mind to heal and rejuvenate your body and soul to feel alive and full of energy. Meditation is beneficial for staying healthy and increasing your vitality while providing spiritual, mental, emotional, and physical balance. You are worth it! Take the time to develop your inner calm. Read Less ^

  • Understand and learn the power of visualization.
  • Reduce anxiety.
  • Lower your blood pressure.
  • Increase anti-aging antibodies.
  • Sleep and wake refreshed.
  • Learn the benefits of a 20-minute relaxation ocean and music meditation.
  • How meditation heightens your intuition and why that is crucial now.

Powerful Messages from Heaven

On March first of three different years, Donna had three near-death experiences, crossed over to another dimension, and came back: a plane crash, stage III melanoma, and open-heart surgery all occurred on a different March 1. Read More >

During each of these near-death experiences, Donna crossed over to another dimension and was granted insights from Heaven from her mentor, family, friends, and enlightened beings. She learned important lessons about why human beings are on earth. Every soul has a purpose. Read Less ^

  • How do you choose your life path before you are born?
  • The importance of having clear intentions.
  • How to discover your soul’s journey.
  • Raise your vibration, develop the practice of meditation to the knowing.
  • The healing power of love and self-love.
  • Understand why the animals on earth are here and how they can help humans love unconditionally.
  • Mother Earth and climate changes we can expect.
  • How to effectively ask for guidance from the other side.
  • What can the Akashic records reveal to humans?