Donna A. James

Board Chair and Founder at The Center for Healthy Families Inc

500 S FRONT ST STE 1200, Columbus, Ohio, United States
The Center for Healthy Families Inc
HQ Phone:
(614) 884-4200
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Last Updated 11/10/2016

General Information

Employment History

Chairman  - Financial Settlement Services

President  - Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company


North Carolina A&T University

B.S.  - accounting , North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University

MBA  - 

bachelor's degree  - accounting , North Carolina A&T State University

bachelor's degree  - accounting , North Carolina Agricultural and Technical University

bachelors degree  - North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University

honorary doctorate  - Tiffin University


Board Member  - Limited Brands Inc.

Board Member  - SGF Energy Ltd

Advisory Board Member  - Precise Resource Inc

Board Member  - Action

Board Member  - Coca-Cola Enterprises Inc

Board Member  - Time Warner Cable Inc

Board Member  - Adelphia Communications Corp.

Advisory Boards Member  - WELD

Board Member  - Women Impacting Public Policy Inc

Board Member  - Research Bank

LBW Council Of Community Advisor  - League of Black Women

Board Member  - CNO Financial Group, Inc.

Board Member  - MediaRoom

Board Member  - Bennett College

Board Member  - The Limited , Inc.

Advisor  - North Carolina A and T State University School of Business

Board Member  - United Way of Central Ohio

Faculty Member  - Jefferson Academy for Leadership and Governance

Board Member  - Health Policy Institute of Ohio

Welcome New Member  - National Association of Women Business Owners

Founding Member of Women  - Table

Advisor  - American Heart Associaiton

Board Trustee  - Riverside Methodist Hospital

Member  - Executive Management Council

Member  - Governance

Committee Chair  - Audit Committee

Member  - Nominating Committee

Board Member  - Ohio Health

Board Member  - Intimate Brands , Inc.

Board of Trustees  - Central State University

Board of Trustees  - Wexner Center for the Arts

Chair of the Board of Trustees  - YWCA

Board Member  - Donna james Time Warner Cable Inc.

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Events - The Metropreneur Columbus

The featured speaker for this year will be Donna James, Managing Director of Lardon & Associates LLC and Founder and Chair, The Center for Healthy Families.
As a young single mother faced with numerous obstacles, Donna quickly conquered these challenges to become a nationally recognized business leader. Please join us as Donna generously opens the door to her life experiences and shares with us how to grow into confident, effective leaders in business and the community.

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Donna A. JamesBoston Scientific Corporation elected Donna A. James, 58, to its board.
James is the founder and managing director of Lardon & Associates, a business development and executive advisory services firm. James has more than 30 years of diverse management and leadership experience, including serving as the former president of Nationwide Strategic Investments, a division of Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company, where she had direct responsibility for developing and executing strategies for U.S. and global financial services subsidiaries and affiliates. James is also the founder and chair of The Center for Healthy Families, a non-profit in Columbus, Ohio, and the former president and appointed chair of the National Women's Business Council.

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Our Keynote Speaker for the day is Ms. Donna James.
For the past 20 years, she has been the caregiver for her mother. She will share her journey through this important role. Donna James is a trusted resource and advisor for business leaders in the public and private sector, ranging from entrepreneurs to C-suite executives of Fortune 500 companies. She has over 30 years of diverse management and leadership experience. Ms. James is the managing director of Lardon & Associates LLC, where her areas of focus include corporate governance, business development, strategy, human capital management, financial and risk management, and leadership development. She serves on the board of directors for Limitedbrands, Time Warner Cable, and Marathon Petroleum Corporation with assignments on the governance, audit, affiliated transaction, compensation, and special committees. Prior to starting her own business, Ms. James was President of Nationwide Strategic Investments, a division of Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company. As President, she had direct responsibility for developing and executing growth or exit strategies for five different U.S and global based financial services subsidiaries and affiliates. She also led a new business innovation team and a venture capital fund with responsibility for discovering, analyzing, and commercializing opportunities in financial services. She has also served as the Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer for Nationwide Mutual and its public company subsidiary Nationwide Financial, with global responsibility for human capital management, corporate real estate, procurement, shared services, corporate security, technology, public relations, advertising, brand management, and aviation. A formal education and experience as an accounting professional with PricewaterhouseCoopers provided the foundation for her effectiveness in both business and community endeavors. Ms. James is the founder and board chair of the Center for Healthy Families, a non-profit focused on transforming the lives of pregnant and parenting teens and their children. In October 2010, she was named by President Obama as chairwoman of the National Women's Business Council, a non-partisan advisory council to the President, Congress, and the Small Business Administration, a position she held until June 2012. Ms. James is also a board trustee for Ohio Health and Executive Director for the African American Leadership Academy. She is a past board member of Coca-Cola Enterprises, Inc., Intimate Brands, and CNO Financial Group. Past community roles include: Co-Chair of the Women's Fund of Central Ohio; trustee for The Health Policy Institute of Ohio; United Way of America Board of Governors; Bennett College for Women Board of Trustees; I Know I Can; Wexner Center for the Arts Board of Trustees; NC A&T State University School of Business Advisory Board; and chairwoman of the YWCA of Columbus. Ms. James has received several recognitions - Named by the Board of Directors Network as the 2010 Lettie Pate Whitehead Evans Award Recipient; Junior Achievement Business Hall of Fame in 2008; the National Historically Black Colleges and Universities Hall of Fame in 2007; named in 2005 by Black Enterprise Magazine as one of the top 75 in Corporate America; received the national Beta Gamma Sigma Business Achievement Award and the YWCA Women of Achievement Award. She is the recipient of two honorary doctorates from Tiffin University and her alma mater, North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University.

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