Donna R. Thompson is the publishing director and owner of Woodpecker Press, LLC (est. 2008), a publishing company dedicated to helping business owners self-publish. To that end, she publishes the Big Bold Business® Book Series, which features short, easy-to-read chapters of business insight and advice written by business owners. WP also provides editorial services to publishers and public relations services for authors, entrepreneurs, and small businesses.
Her passions are publishing and public relations. Donna loves helping her clients understand publishing and the benefits of adding that “published author” credential to their list of achievements. Her business background together with her extensive career in publishing allow her to bring her unique combination of insight to every project.
Donna’s publishing career spans more than 35 years, including ten years (1993–2003) with the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, where she was a managing editor in the Technical Publishing Department, eight years with Industry Publications, Inc. (1978–1985), where she was associate editor of two trade magazines, and two years in the early 1970s with the American Electroplaters Society, where she was assistant editor of a trade magazine. She also owned drtEnterprises, LLC, for 18 years (1985–1993, 2003–2013), a freelance editorial services and PR firm that was merged into Woodpecker Press in 2014.
Donna has been a member of the Independent Book Publishers Association since 2009. She is a long-time member of the New Jersey Association of Women Business Owners (NJAWBO) (since 2005) and served on the MetroEast Chapter Board of Trustees for seven years (2005–2012). She has also been a member of the Association of Women in Communications (2008–2013) and has served as a trustee on the Rutgers-Newark Small Business Development Center Advisory Board (2006–2008).
She received the NJAWBO Teal Heart Award in 2007, was named NJAWBO Essex Businesswoman of the Year in 2009, and earned the NJAWBO MetroEast Trailblazer Award in 2014. She’s a 1976 graduate of Caldwell College with a B.S. in business administration.
Donna has also been active in her community. She was elected to the Cedar Grove Board of Education in 1999, serving as vice president (2000–2001) and president (2001–2003). She cofounded the Cedar Grove Education Foundation, Inc., in 2003 and served as its president from 2005 to 2008. She is currently a member of the Board of Trustees of Sempre Avanti, Inc.