Dr. Donna Beegle
is a highly experienced National public speaker, discussion leader, trainer, and author providing insights and strategies for working with people from poverty backgrounds.Her
inspiring story of coming from generational poverty, achieving a Doctorate, her
work on ending poverty have been featured in newspapers around the nation, on local TV and on National programs such as PBS.Her
research with people from three generations of poverty, " Ending the Silence of Generational Poverty ," is published in the Fall 2003 issue of the Talking Points Journal
personal history and her
studies of communication, poverty, gender, and education make her
uniquely qualified to work with organizations and individuals to increase success for people from poverty backgrounds.
After growing up in generational poverty, leaving school for marriage at 15, having two children and continuing to cope with poverty, she
found herself, at 26, divorced with less than a ninth grade education, and no real job skills.What followed in 10 short years were: self confidence, a G.E.D., an A.A., a B.A. (with honors), a Master's Degree in Communication with a minor in Gender Studies (with honors), and completion of a Doctorate Degree. Donna completed her Doctorate in Educational Leadership at Portland State University in 2000, where she taught speech communication courses for six years.Her Doctoral research focused on students from generational poverty who had completed Bachelor's degrees.She worked for five years with Portland State University on a Federal Endangered Urban Youth Grant developing projects to increase graduation rates for students from poverty backgrounds.Donna
has also worked to develop training materials and curriculum for Oregon State Correctional Institutions.She is currently CEO/President of PovertyBridge, a consulting firm devoted to improving relationships and opportunities for people in poverty.