Donna Brighton

Donna Brighton

Senior Advisor, Change Management & Organizational Transformation, M&A Partners
Donna Brighton serves as a Senior Advisor with M&A Partners and is the founder and President of the Brighton Leadership Group. Donna is a business leader that specializes in getting results for her clients through change management and strategy implementation initiatives. From helping a global fortune 500 consumer products company avoid $1 million a day in losses by effectively transitioning a 500-person SAP implementation team from a traditional office to a radically new open working space…over a weekend, to a multi-billion dollar insurance company saving $15M through challenging the business case assumptions on several key projects. She’s applied her knowledge and pragmatic results for a quarter of century with rave reviews.
 
Her clients include large organizations, such as AON, CRU (the U.S’s largest Evangelical organization), Guardian Life Insurance, Kraft Foods, Lockheed Martin, National Car Rental, TD Bank, and US Bank, as well as smaller organizations such as American Physicians Insurance Exchange, CMMI Institute (a Carnegie Mellon affiliate), GVTC, and The Marcus Buckingham Company. Before starting Brighton Leadership, Donna served as a Change Management Practitioner for a well-known change management firm, the Director of Practice Operations at a national consulting firm, and a PeopleSoft Practice Director at a technology company. She is active in several professional organizations. She served on a Board Committee for the Project Management Institute. She is a founder of the Association of Change Management Professionals (www.acmp.org) where she has served as President, Board Member and Program Chair for the ACMP Global Conference which annually attracts over 1,000 change management professionals from more than thirty different nations. In addition to her professional endeavors Donna serves on the Strategic Advisory Committee for CRU, a Chicago non-profit organization focused on inner-city transformation.
 
She holds a BS in Accounting and a Master’s Degree in Organizational Leadership. Donna is a Certified Project Manager and holds an advanced certification in Organizational Change Management. Donna is a Pittsburgh native who remains loyal to the Black & Gold despite living in Chicago.