Donna Porter

Director, Corporate Innovation

Director, Corporate Innovation
Innovation Academy University of Notre Dame 1400 E. Angela Blvd South Bend, IN 46617
South Bend, IN 46617

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Donna Porter facilitates our transformative learning experiences, partnering with legacy organizations that want to unleash talent, drive growth, create differentiation, and break through barriers that stifle creative problem-solving. As the director of corporate innovation education at Notre Dame’s IDEA Center, she leverages her 25+ years of working in organizational and leadership development to support clients holistically and develop human potential.

Donna spent 16 years at Whirlpool Corporation, where she supported strategic change management initiatives, leadership development programs, and global talent acquisition. Her experience spans human resources, corporate strategy, call center operations, sales, innovation, nonprofit board development, and talent development and learning. She is also a Leadership Solutions Facilitator with the Center for Creative Leadership.

Donna co-authored Creativity in Talent Development with Nancy Tennant, released in October 2021.


Donna earned a bachelor of science degree from Purdue University and a master of organizational development degree from Bowling Green State University. She holds multiple certifications, including Certified Professional Co-Active Coach from the Co-Active Training Institute and Associate Certified Coach from the International Coaching Federation. She is currently pursuing certification in Systemic Team Coaching from the European Mentoring Coaching Council.