Donna-Rae-Scheffert

Donna-Rae-Scheffert is a consultant, facilitator, and trainer.

Donna Rae Scheffert


Leadership and management consultant


Donna Rae Scheffert Consulting Portfolio

Donna Rae Scheffert provides tools to propel people toward their goals - easier, faster, and while having more fun. Contact her for:

-Training, Keynotes, and Workshops
-Improved Planning, Decision Making & Goal Setting
-Facilitation and Team Problem Solving
-Assessment, Meeting Design & Evaluation


Donna Rae Scheffert Professional Capacities

Donna Rae Scheffert, consultant, is known for her expertise on:
-leadership development and education,
-personal and group facilitation,
-writing,
-professional presentations,
-intercultural competence,
-new program development and evaluation,
-interpersonal communications,
-coaching,
-collegiate teaching,
-development of educational materials,
-and team leadership.



Story About Client Work

Strategic Planning

Comments from Recent Clients

“Thanks for every conversation. You are helping me immensely.” Executive Director

“That planning retreat was invaluable for making our revised strategic plan come alive and give me direction. Executive Director

“The statewide conference and your session went great. Thank you for your hard work.” Director, Staff Development


Client List


•University of Minnesota Extension Strategic Future - Facilitator
•Olmsted County Public Health - Strategic Planning
•1000 Friends of Minnesota -Facilitator
•Hennepin County Sheriff's Department - Training
•Voices of Rural Minnesota Initiative, Brainerd -Facilitator
•Minnesota Libraries Futures Project, St. Cloud -Facilitator
•Minnesota Extension Youth Development/4-H, St. Cloud- Training
•Minnesota Pork Producers Board and Association, Mankato -Strategic Planning
•Minnesota Agricultural Interpretive Center/Farmamerica, Waseca - Strategic Planning
•Minnesota Tourism Center, St. Paul -Strategic Planning
•Center for Community Vitality, University of Minnesota, St. Paul -Strategic Planning
•Minnesota School Board Association, St. Peter- Training
•Community Economics Educators, St. Paul -Strategic Planning
•Ramsey County Human Services, St. Paul- Training
•Benedictine Health Services, Management Team, St. Paul- Training
•Minnesota Department of Transportation, St. Paul- Training
•Minnesota Agri-Growth Council, St. Paul-Strategic Planning


Donna Rae Scheffert Employment History

Management training and leadership development consulting, 2008-current

deepSEE consulting, Inc. Consulting Associate, Management training and leadership development 2005-current

Leadership Development Specialist and Extension Professor,

University of Minnesota

University of Minnesota Extension Donna Rae Scheffert has over twenty-eight years of experience in roles with administrative management, staff development and program development 1987-2009

Find out more about these three efforts:
Center for Community Vitality programs work in communities, offering research and education that address change. With information, support and in-depth community discussion, communities achieve the future they desire. What are your community's issues and goals? Can we help?

Horizons: Community Leadership for Poverty Reduction has the premise that when it comes to creating a thriving community, community members themselves are the key to success. The Horizons program taps the ability of communities to create hope and economic prosperity.

Center for Integrative Leadership aims to develop a better understanding of how collective action across sectors (business, government, nonprofits, media, academia) and geographic boundaries can solve some of the world’s most pressing and complex societal problems. It is a cooperative undertaking of the Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs and the Carlson School of Management.
Donna Rae Scheffert is a founding member of the Center for Integrative Leadership.

Selected Multi-State and National Teaching

Donna-Rae-Scheffert is a sought after speaker for local, state, and national events. Multi Cultural Forum on Workplace Diversity, College of St. Thomas, “The overlooked difference: class and socioeconomic levels. St. Paul, MN
Making Communities Work conference, University of Minnesota: “Community leadership in the face of change and challenge: case studies.” Minneapolis, MN
National Association of Community Development Extension Professionals conference: Our community assessing social capital: case studies.” Philadelphia, PA
National Association of Leadership Educators conference: U-Lead-Proven Results for Individuals, Organizations and Communities. St. Paul, MN

Southern Region Leadership Conference: Enhancing ethical leadership; working together when values and ethics differ. San Juan, Puerto Rico

National Community Leadership Retreat, co-sponsored with the Wilder Foundation, Blandin Foundation, & College of St. Thomas, three-day retreat

International Association of Facilitators Professional Conference, half-day workshop, Minneapolis, MN

Ethical Leadership Workshops (two or three days each) for Cooperative Extension Services in Indiana, Pennsylvania, Vermont, Illinois, Iowa, Indiana, Wisconsin

National Family Community Education Conference, 1-day workshop presentation, Wisconsin and Arkansas

Washington State University, 3-day workshop presenter, "Ethics and the Environment"

North Central Regional Center for Rural Development, co-author of workbook and 3-day workshop presenter for ten states on "Leadership: Sustaining Action on Organizational and Community Issues", Iowa, Nebraska

W.K. Kellogg Foundation, Family Community Leadership National Evaluation Committee, Ad Hoc Think Tank Member - Future Directions of Family Community Leadership

Donna-Rae-Scheffert Education

Donna Rae Scheffert is an expert in leadership education and development. Her educational background includes:

Adult Development and Education Ph.D. in progress (with a focus on Leadership Development and Education), Ph.D. coursework completed; College of Human Development and Education, University of Minnesota

Interdisciplinary Master of Science degree focused on Leadership Development with Political Science, Experiential Education and Counseling Core, Continuing Studies – University of Minnesota- Mankato

Donna-Rae-Scheffert Significant Honors and Distinctions

National Awards-National Association of Community Development Extension Professionals
o Excellence in Community Development Programming Team Award
o Excellence in Team Award
o Excellence in Materials Development Award

2002 Distinguished Extension Campus Faculty Award

“FUTURES” Award from Minnesota Rural Futures, 2005


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Donna Rae Scheffert 809 Mayflower Ct. Northfield, MN 55057 Let me assist you and your organization. Call me at 612.360.4484