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Executive Career Consultant & Coach

Focusing on Executives and Senior Professionals.

Bringing 17 years of experience advising hundreds of transitioning professionals. I work one-on-one using an "executive coaching" approach to career management. I enjoy helping professionals make effective changes in their careers and lives.

Contact us to set up a "Career Review Session" to review your career path, discuss what's working and what's not working well, identify key issues and needs, and set the direction for next steps!

Working with a seasoned Career Coach - your advisor, confidante, sounding board, and provider of search resources – will help position you for career advancement or help you move quickly and effectively through the job search process and into the next phase of your career. 


• Executive Career Transition - Search Strategies: resumes, networking, researching, interviewing, negotiating, entrepreneurial options • Career Assessment and Career Direction • Career Coaching: Strategies for career advancement and work/life balance • Career Search for Relocation – Helping trailing spouses partners relocating to Madison • Transitioning toward Active Semi-Retirement SEE testimonials from clients at Stories ClientsSuccessful track record working with professionals and executives coming from many different industries & organizations including: Insurance, Biotechnology, Medical Devices, Pharmaceuticals, Nonprofits, Government, Hospitals, Health Maintenance Organizations, Colleges and Universities, Toy/Doll Industry, Design/Build Firms, Credit Union and other trade organizations, Energy, Retail Banking, Investment Banking, Chemical Industry, Retail Shoes, Paper Industry, Credit Card Baking, Museums, Cultural Institutions, Information Technology, Automotive, Heavy Manufacturing, and others.

Background Information

A seasoned career strategist and executive career coach, Donna Beestman founded Career Success Strategies in 2005.  Donna has worked for regional and international Career Management firms as a Career and Executive Coach, General Manager, Business Developer and International Liaison. On the East Coast she was Senior Vice President & Managing Director for a major human resources consulting firm with over 20 offices. The firms provided career management services, assessment, leadership and executive team development, and executive coaching to Fortune 100 companies as well as to smaller organizations. Donna earned an MA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and BA from Macalester College in Minnesota. Professional & Community Leadership:

Wisconsin Alumni Association - Board of Directors/ Executive Committee;  Downtown Madison Rotary-Board of Directors 2004-2007;  TEMPO Madison (network of women executives)-President 2007-2008;  University of Wisconsin-Madison Alumni Advisory Board for Career Services;  Forum of Executive Women of Delaware - Former President;  Transition Teams for the current and former Governors of Delaware.

Numerous nonprofit boards for business-education initiatives, Repertory Theater, public radio, regional citizens' league on public policy, and church organizations in Wisconsin, Delaware and Missouri,Affiliations: Madison Area Business Consultants, Greater Madison Chamber of Commerce, Downtown Madison Inc, Career Management Alliance, Association of Career Professionals International, TEC Associates

Work experience


President/Founder/Career Strategist


Founded and built thriving business. Work confidentially with executives and professionals face-to-face in Madison, Wisconsin area. Serve clients nationwide virtually . Executive coaching approach to career transition, career assessment, consulting, job search strategies, and developing or strengthening consulting businesses. Exclusively one-on-one consultation. Work with private clients and company-sponsored


Senior Consultant


Right Management is the world's leading provider of career transition and organizational consulting services. Provided these services to southern Wisconsin clients. Helped companies manage the human side of change. Enjoyed opportunity to return to hometown of Madison.  Built extensive business and professional network.


Managing Director/Senior Vice President/General Manager


Human Capital Management consulting firm with 22 offices on the East Coast and partners/affiliates worldwide. Acquired by Right Management in 2004. Career transition/outplacement, executive coaching and leadership development consulting, teambuilding and change management.                             

  • Honored with the President’s Club Award as one of 4 top performers in 22-office firm.
  • Led Delaware office to meet or exceed revenue and profitability goals from 1995 to 2001
  • Expanded business with world’s second largest credit card bank from $40,000 to $900,000 in 1999.
  • Collaborated with European partners in securing multi-million dollar global contract with pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca. Participated in client’s global HR conference in London with counterparts from UK and Sweden.Managed project for services delivered in numerous US locations.
  • Introduced leadership development consulting and training services to major client, which led to customized, ongoing program for the company’s 150-200 top executives and resulted in strengthened leadership at senior levels.
  • Personally served as confidential consultant to key state business executives & government leaders.
  • Developed, piloted and delivered new company product, “Managing Your Career in Today’s Workplace.”

Director, Performance Improvement Training


Privately held billion-dollar Performance Improvement Company providing marketing, training, motivation, research, and communication and travel services.

Recruited, trained, and managed growing team of Training Managers. Implemented programs on performance management and motivation, managing change, teambuilding, service quality, corporate culture, problem solving and creativity.

  • Served on management team launching new corporate training division.
  • Directed all aspects of training for a team suggestion program for a major airline.Over 5,000 employees were trained in 260 computer-scheduled sessions in Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Hong Kong, France and 16 U.S. cities.

Executive Director; Educator

Earlier Experience

Directed statewide projects for civic organization of business and community leaders, elected officials, and educators.Public speaker - education and workforce readiness. Featured on panels, workshops, TV radio.  Secondary educator.

Executive Career Consultant