Name: Joseph J. Donner
Title: Consultant, ECN Communications
How long working in communications:
25+ years

1. Describe yourself in seven words or less.
Bronx born, writer, storyteller, constant learner/student

2. What do you like most about what you do for a living?
I love that no two days are the same. There’s always a new challenge around the corner ... or staring me in the face.

3. How would you explain what you do to a child?
I figure out how to get people the information they need to do their jobs better.

 4.  How did you choose corporate communications as a career?
I edited a VP’s memo (although it wasn’t my job) and two weeks later I was writing for the Executive Committee. I guess they liked my rewrite, because I’ve been in corporate communications ever since.

5.  Describe one impactful moment, resource or insight from IABC.
The best resource from IABC has been the opportunity to meet some amazing people, first as a member, then as a volunteer and then as an IABC NJ Board member. Their knowledge, experience and networks have provided me with an invaluable gift I couldn’t have found elsewhere.

6.  If you knew then what you know now, what advice would you give your younger self?
Be sure to acknowledge and thank the people who influenced you in your career. They won’t be around forever and they deserve to be recognized.

7.  What was most fun you ever had while getting paid to do it?
I had the pleasure and privilege of flying around the country with my CEO in the company jet to meet with the Communications and HR officers of the individual business units as part of The Great Place to Work initiative. How often do you have total access to the leaders of your company ... and not have to worry about the TSA or baggage claims?

8.  What’s one thing about you that few people know?
I’ve written for the CEO of every company I’ve ever worked for.

9.  What do you do when you’re not at work?
Read, cycle, camp, hike, golf and walk my pit bull.

10. Ask me about: 
Employee engagement, executive communications, change management, Formula 1 racing, and working at the Bronx Zoo.

11.  Find me on:


Twitter: @josephjdonner

Instagram: joedonner