Donna A. Heckler is an inspirational Catholic speaker and author motivating women to Be Radiant.

As a global brand strategy executive, brand marketing thought leader, and co-author of the book, The Truth About Creating Brands People Love, she had influenced and led global brand marketing efforts for companies such as Energizer, Cardinal Health, Ingersoll-Rand and others.

In 2010, Ms. Heckler learned that she had Stage 3, Her-2 breast cancer just as she was beginning a new global marketing executive job. As she went through chemotherapy, multiple surgeries, and radiation while tackling a new position, she kept a blog of her many cancer experiences. Inspired to encourage other women to Be Radiant through cancer, her writings became the book Living Like A Lady When You Have Cancer.

Most of us face different hardships in life. In Ms. Heckler’s inspirational speech “And Then God Gave Me A Time Out” she shares how hardships forced her to spend some quiet time with God, leading her to understand what really matters in life; the importance of faith, and the fact that we are all radiant children of God.

Ms. Heckler is actively involved in her community and supports a number of organizations. She currently serves on the Board for the Daughter’s of St. Paul and the Board for the Purdue University Center for Cancer Research. Named by the St. Louis Business Journal as one of the outstanding business leaders in St. Louis under the age of 40.  Ms. Heckler has a B.A. in Zoology from DePauw University and an M.B.A. in Marketing from Indiana University.