Donald J. Strankowski is founder and President of Ascend Career and Life Strategies, LLC, a career training and professional development firm for businesses, professionals, and executives. Since 2001, Ascend has helped hundreds of people land a better job, improve their level of performance, change careers or start their own business.
Donald is the author of Get Hired! 10 Simple Steps for Winning the Job You Desire in Any Economy, New Strategies for a New Job Market, the forthcoming book Take Back Your Future, and the audio program Success is a Choice. He is currently a regular guest on FOX 31 Good Day Colorado and has been a columnist and career advisement expert for the Colorado Daily, Daily Camera, Denver Post, Colorado Company magazine, Business Scene magazine, 5280 magazine, KWGN TV Denver, KMGH TV Denver, 9News Denver, Jobing.com, KOSI 101 FM Jobs, and Alice 105.9 FM. Donald has also been interviewed by multiple national news publications including U.S. News and World Report as a personal achievement and employment expert.
As an expert in professional development and performance improvement, Donald has parlayed more than 20 years of experience, research, and accomplishments in founding Ascend Career and Life Strategies. He has had successful careers in sales, management, sales training, and recruiting. His real-world experience ranges from start-up organizations to Fortune 500 companies with esteemed positions being held at America Online, Exodus Communications, American Greetings, Sears, and Service Metrics.
Through his seminars, keynotes, and high-impact team building workshops, Donald addresses thousands of people each year helping companies and individuals improve productivity by inspiring participants to reach their true potential. He is represented by some of the world's largest speakers bureaus and is one of corporate America's most sought-after speakers on the topics of goal setting, attitude, and the psychology of success. Donald's presentations are high-content, informative, enjoyable and entertaining. He presents a series of ideas and strategies with a rare combination of humor, insights and logical concepts that audience members can apply immediately to get better results.