Welcome back to Driven 4word: Influential Leaders Powered By God’s Will. Join us each month as we share the life story of an influential leader who humbled themselves to God’s plan for their life and embarked on a journey that only He could orchestrate.
The influential leader we will learn from this month is Donna Letier. You will catch on fairly quickly to the fact that from an early age, Donna has not been afraid to go after something. Her father worked in the oil industry which meant Donna and her family moved all over the world, a situation which gave her a love for everyone and a desire to always go after what she felt would bring joy and accomplishment to her life.
Let’s listen now as Donna begins to share her story.
Donna Letier is an entrepreneur, mom, wife, and co-founder of Gardenuity. Originally from Texas, she has lived in Singapore, London, California, Alaska, and Denver. After graduating from Southern Methodist University, she worked and learned the fine points of retail and creating customer experiences from Neiman Marcus and credits a lot of her success to learning lessons from the NM executive team and the legendary Stanley Marcus. Prior to founding Gardenuity Donna spent 20 years in leadership positions in areas of operations, brand marketing, and product development where she focused on consumer trends and merchandise development.
The Gardenuity science and data-backed approach to gardening and gardening experiences is impacting lives across the country and has been adopted by employees at more than 150 companies. Well-being is embedded into every garden and designed to meet people where they are. Gardenuity works in three key verticals, Mental Health, Food is Medicine, and the health of the planet.
Donna lives in Dallas with her husband Scott, is the mother of two girls, one of whom is a Gold Medalist from Special Olympics. She believes that sometimes you must get a little dirty to reap the benefits of living a good life. Donna does not believe in convenience over compassion, she practices patience in a hurry, does not believe well-being is just for some, or that cussing and praying are mutually exclusive.