Donna A. James, Managing Director, Lardon & Associates, Llc & Co-Founder, Center For Healthy Families

Donna A. James is managing director of Lardon & Associates, LLC, a business and executive advisory services firm. Donna's expertise includes corporate governance, business strategy and development, human capital management, financial and risk management and leadership development. She serves on the board of directors for L Brands, Marathon Petroleum Corporation, Boston Scientific and FIS Group. Prior to starting her business, Ms. James was President of Nationwide Strategic Investments. A formal education and experience as an accounting professional with PricewaterhouseCoopers provided the foundation for her effectiveness in both business and community endeavors.

Donna is the co-founder and former chair of the Center for Healthy Families, a non-profit focused on transforming the lives of pregnant and parenting teens and their children. Donna's board appointments include board trustee for OhioHealth, Executive Director for the African American Leadership Academy and Co-Chair for the Columbus CelebrateOne initiative. Past community roles include: An appointment by President Obama as chair of the National Women's Business Council; Co-Chair of the Women's Fund of Central Ohio to name a few. Donna has received several recognitions including: Junior Achievement Business Hall of Fame; the National Historically Black Colleges and Universities Hall of Fame; named by Black Enterprise Magazine as one of the top 75 in Corporate America; received the national Beta Gamma Sigma Business Achievement Award and YWCA Women of Achievement Award.

Join us in congratulating this year's Catch the Wave Awardees!

Donna A. James will be recognized as this year’s Trailblazer Award Winner during the Trailblazer Award Dinner on Tuesday, April 17th from 6 pm - 8 pm. ORV~WBC will also announce the following 2018 award winners during the Trailblazer Award Dinner including:

  • Corporation of the Year
  • Corporate Advocate of the Year
  • Corporate "Done Deals" Award
  • Volunteer of the Year
  • WBE Supplier of the Year
  • Advocate(s) of the Year for each major market
  • WBE Business-to-Business (B2B) Award
  • Director's Award