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Dr. Donna M. Beegle

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Phone: (503) ***-****  HQ Phone
Email: d***@***.com
Communication Across Barriers
12240 Southwest Hancock Court
Tigard, Oregon 97223
United States


Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations


  • Master's degree , Communication
  • bachelor's degree , communications
    University of Portland
  • Ed.D.
  • Doctorate , Educational Leadership
    Portland State University
  • associate's degree
    Mt. Hood Community College
  • Bachelor's degrees
  • Doctoral Degree
    Portland State University
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About Us | Communication Across Barriers, 17 Mar 2014 [cached]
Dr. Fulford asked Donna if she would like to start a consulting business with him.
Donna was working on her Master's degree in Communication at the time.
Dr. Fulford and Donna developed a 10 week curriculum that included a series of videos, workbooks and facilitator guide books for improving communication and relationships across Poverty Barriers.
His wisdom and knowledge continue to guide Donna and the Communication Across Barriers team as they develop life changing strategies, trainings, and materials for improving communication, relationships, and outcomes for people living in the war zone of poverty.
Dr. Donna M. Beegle, President
The Opportunity Conference will feature ..., 16 Sept 2013 [cached]
The Opportunity Conference will feature guest speaker Donna M. Beegle, founder of Communication Across Barriers, a training and consulting company that offers ways to fight poverty. Beegle herself was born into generational poverty, and in 1986 was offered a chance to participate in a pilot welfare-to-work program.
Through that program, she met middle-class people who took the time to get to know her. Those people helped her find affordable housing and walked her through obtaining a GED, and getting into community college, and ultimately college. Beegle has a doctorate in educational leadership and is a researcher, public speaker and author, according to a booklet from her organization.
Our Founder, 8 Dec 2010 [cached]
About our PovertyBridge Founder, Dr. Donna M. Beegle
Dr. Donna Beegle
For more than 20 years, Donna M. Beegle, has served as a national public speaker, discussion leader, trainer, and author of books and articles designed to assist professionals in providing authentic opportunities for people to move out of poverty. Donna's work is informed by personal experiences of growing up in generational migrant labor poverty, leaving school for marriage at 15, having two children and continuing to cope with poverty for the first 28 years of her life. Her work is also rooted in research and theory. At 26, Donna began her journey to move out and stay out of poverty. With the support of Navigators, she gained self-confidence, a G.E.D., an A.A. in Journalism, a B.A. (with honors) in Communications, a Master's Degree in Communication with a minor in Gender Studies (with honors), and completion of a Doctorate Degree in Educational Leadership.
Donna focused her studies on understanding the history of poverty; how people in poverty are portrayed in the media; how people in America gain information about poverty and the people who live in it; and what theories and models work to break the iron chains of poverty. While Donna found that working to educate professionals was rewarding, she also dreamed of working directly with people in the war zone of poverty. She knew they needed authentic experiences to remove the shame taught by poverty and rebuild a sense of hope. She also knew that he isolation of poverty made it nearly impossible to move forward.
In 2006, Donna, with the skills and wisdom of Chuck Forbes, designed five programs and services that would provide authentic opportunities for people to move out of poverty.
Donna conducted the first full implementation of the Opportunity Conference with 278 people in poverty in Traverse City , Michigan in 2007. Since then, the model has spread to Washington, Oregon, Texas, California and soon, New York. Donna describes the programs and services offered by PovertyBridge as life changing for everyone involved.
Dr. Donna Beegle is a highly ..., 27 June 2008 [cached]
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.Her 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.
"Intergenerational Poverty," an upcoming ..., 19 July 2004 [cached]
"Intergenerational Poverty," an upcoming presentation by Donna Beegle, Ph.D., will address the factors that lead to persistent poverty from generation to generation, and ways the cycle can be broken.The speech is set for noon on Tuesday, July 13, at the Children's Museum, CM2, 4015 S.W. Canyon Road.
Beegle is president of Communication Across Barriers, a consulting firm devoted to improving relationships and opportunities for those living in poverty.Previously she worked with PSU as regional coordinator for the Marshall Caring Community to increase graduation rates for students from poverty backgrounds.Her work on ending poverty has been featured in newspapers and on television around the nation.Her most recent article, "Ending the Silence of Generational Poverty," was published in the fall 2003 edition of Talking Points Journal.
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