Donna is a renowned wellness/travel expert who has traveled to 50 states, 51 countries and 6 continents helping people to live purposeful, powerful and productive lives. She is travel blogger known as The Fly Babe and has a travel club.
Donna is the only council member who served under President Bush and now President Obama on the President’s Council for Fitness, Sports and Nutrition. She is an ambassador for First Lady Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move Initiative”, National Women’s Health Week and is a speaker and wellness blogger for the Office of Women’s Health.
Donna has made appearances on WFAA, Fox, CNN, MSNBC, BET and other major networks. She was the producer and host of the Donna Richardson’s Mind, Body & Spirit Show on TV One Network and Sweating in the Spirit Show on the Word Network. Donna was the former co-host for ESPN Fitness Pro’s Show, fitness expert with NBC Weekend Today Show and is the producer and host of Travel Crashers.
Donna is the Best Selling Author of Witness to Fitness and creator of Body Gospel. Donna has starred in over 25 award-winning videos including the best-selling Buns of Steel series, which has sold millions.
Donna has lectured at schools, community centers, churches and corporations around the globe. She has been a featured speaker for God’s Leading Ladies, Sisters in the Spirit, Pantene Total You, and Eliminating Childhood Obesity. Donna climbed the tallest free standing mountain in the world, Kilimanjaro, and led the first team of African American women who ran 200 miles in the Hood to Coast Relay.
Donna was inducted into the Fitness Hall of Fame and was named by Essence Magazine “One of Twenty Five of the Most Inspiring Women in America.” She received the Mental and Physical Health Award from Essence Magazine and the National Congressional Black Caucus. She was awarded the “Family Leadership Legacy Award” by the Jack & Jill of America Foundation.
Donna broke the Guinness Book of World Records for the world’s largest line dance with over 50,000 participants. She was selected by Fitness Magazine as one of the top movers and shakers. She received the Centennial Health Award from Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and the Presidential Award from Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. She was honored with the Christian Literary Trailblazer Award and the All-Star Gospel Celebration Slam Dunk Award.
Donna was on the advisory board for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. She served on the Women’s Sports Foundation, the Tom Joyner Foundation and is an advisor for the Boys and Girls Club of America. Donna was a board member of the LPGA Foundation and a former spokesperson for the PGA of America.
Donna has taught for several years in South Africa at the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for girls. She is the founder of Grow Green Get Fit, a nutritional, physical and environmental curriculum for school aged children taught at YMCA’s across the country.