In 2001, I attended my first Donna Brown presentation on "reading people".  Even now, I remember that feeling of "WOW", while Donna transfixed the audience.  She is a master of bringing together science, psychology and rigorous training, with real life examples that allow us to clearly understand the concepts she is teaching.  She inspired me then and continuous to inspire me, introducing me to ideas I had not encountered.  As a Certified Internal Auditor, a Certified Fraud Examiner and a manager, knowing who to believe or distrust, and why, is critical to ensuring I have gathered truthful statements in interviews.  What Donna offered was a whole new set of competencies, that are relevant beyond law enforcement and could only augment any professional work involving people.

     Donnna challenges her audience to think outside the box, to bring together learning from multiple disciplines and apply it in our work.   After one session, I was hungry for more.  I have since attended many of her sessions and learned such a tremendous amount.  Concepts that I have been able to apply in  my work and personal life.  I can now step back and assess whether I have encountered deceit and why - it's not perfection, but it's much better than using gut instinct.

     Donna is a real life example of a passionate, continuous learner that will inspire her clients to reach farther, try harder and seek excellence.

 

Dena Palamedes, CMA, CIA, CFE, CCSA
Executive Director
Transport Canada

 

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