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Donna Marie Cozine

CEO/FounderConsult DMC

Rochester, NY

Member Since August 2022


Executive Leadership
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DO YOU FEEL OVERWHELMED BY YOUR RESPONSIBILITY? YOUR LEADERS: ❌ Are constantly stressed and regularly seek your guidance ❌ Are having trouble making important decisions ❌ Are on the brink of burning out If so, you need a system to create and maintain sustainable and scalable educational leadership pipelines, and that is exactly what I do. IN THE EDUCATIONAL LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT INDUSTRY: ❌ Your leaders are rarely given any meaningful leadership development opportunities ❌ When they do, it is usually a one-shot deal with no job-specific or role-specific follow-up. ❌ Your leaders are isolated and lack a system to address their daily leadership challenges. ❌ In the absence of that leadership system, they turn to you for all of their needs concerning guidance and support. ❌ 17% of principals do not serve the same school two years in a row ❌ 45% of superintendents don’t last more than three years ❌ In our most impoverished school districts, 71% of Superintendents don’t last more than three years! My name is Dr. Donna Marie Cozine and for the past 20 years, I have honed my leadership skills, as a Teacher, Assistant Principal, Director of Curriculum, Principal and as the CEO/Founder of the Renaissance Academy Charter School for the Arts. I know the importance of having a strong, highly effective team that will help organizations reach their goals. I have personally grown and matured the leadership pipeline in my organization and have helped many leaders do the same. I love taking that knowledge, and experience, and helping schools and districts to do the same. My team and I help you to develop a consistent system of talent development that will ensure that your organization of educational leadership is highly successful. How Can I Help You? I can help any superintendent go from overwhelmed to overjoyed and provide you with a system for creating and nurturing educational leaders on a more consistent and predictable basis. To book a FREE call with me go here; MY WORK HAS BEEN FEATURED IN/ON: The List TV, Principal Magazine, TechRound, Medium, Authority Magazine, an ASCD publication, Local ABC and CBS channels, WXXI, Rochester Business Journal, College Board Publications, multiple podcasts, and WDKX radio in Rochester.

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17 Ways Successful Business Owners and Leaders Can Mentor Young Talent

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Engage seasoned professionals can empower aspiring individuals and foster lasting impact through mentorship, internships, education and networking. To maintain success, it is not only essential for leaders to focus on the present but also to invest in the future by empowering the next generation. By sharing knowledge, providing guidance and offering opportunities, experienced professionals can play a vital role in helping young talent thrive. Below, 17 Newsweek Expert Forum members explore various ways in which successful business owners and leaders can reach out and give the next generation a leg up. By actively engaging with and supporting the next generation, business leaders can foster a culture of innovation, inclusivity and continuous growth while leaving a lasting positive impact on future generations of professionals.

16 Decisive Ways to Humanize Your Business's Brand

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To attract and keep customers coming back for years to come, businesses have to maintain their human essence. As the old adage goes, "People buy from people." In today’s technologically-driven business landscape, entrepreneurs now have a multitude of ways to engage with current and potential customers across the world.  While changes like automation can increase employee productivity, streamline operations and boost the number of interactions that lead to sales, many businesses focus so much on the efficiency aspect that they don’t recognize the potential of losing the human touch, which is what initially entices customers to purchase and keeps them coming back. As experts, the members of Newsweek Expert Forum have experience making their brand more appealing to customers. Below, 16 of them share concrete ways any business can humanize its product or service offerings and why these actions are essential to building long-term relationships with customers.

17 ‘Low-Hanging Fruit’ Methods to Improve Your Customer Experience

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An exceptional customer experience is the key to keeping current customers coming back as well as enticing potential customers to purchase. Many entrepreneurs tend to consider their products or services the most important part of their business. As a result, a significant amount of time, effort and money goes into developing what people may need or want.  However, the utility or desirability of an offering is only a small part of what actually entices customers to buy. Rather, a top-notch customer experience can be the differentiating factor that convinces current customers to keep purchasing and potential customers to give a business a chance. Luckily, making changes to a business’s customer experience can be a simple process. To help entrepreneurs ensure they are properly taking care of their customer base, 17 Newsweek Expert Forum members share “low-hanging fruit” ways for businesses to effectively improve their customer experience.

15 Ways to Encourage Respectful Debate in the Workplace

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Seeking out and actively encouraging employees to share their opinions is critical to making the right business calls. Businesses of all sizes are constantly making decisions that have a considerable impact on the entire organization. The gravity of these decisions as well as the chances of conversations sparking disagreement and sowing team division may cause some leaders to limit discussions to a select few. Fortunately, safeguards can be put in place to add employees at all levels into the conversation, effectively limiting conflict, keeping discussions respectful and allowing individuals to offer insight without fear of negative consequences. To help businesses create space for various perspectives and set boundaries, 15 Newsweek Expert Forum members share approaches leaders can leverage to encourage vigorous, yet respectful debate in their organizations.

13 Questions to Ask When Developing a New Business Product or Service

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Focusing on how a potential offering makes sense for the business as a whole can help guide efficient product development. Before any new product or service is rolled out on the market, entrepreneurs put a considerable amount of thought into the process. From considerations regarding the effective use of resources to discussions of whether the offering will resonate with the target audience, these are just a few of the factors that impact decision making. While entrepreneurs strive to proceed with care, some still make the fatal mistake of getting too far into the development process without having a clear understanding of where this offering fits into the bigger picture. To prevent businesses from wasting limited time, effort and money, 13 Newsweek Expert Forum members each share one question leaders should ask to determine whether a prospective product or service is in line with their company mission and goals. 

14 Effective Ways Leaders Can Better Manage Their Teams To Drive Growth

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To continuously drive business growth, leaders have to be more willing to lean on their employees and ask for help. At times, leadership can be a heavy burden. For some, being a strong leader means subscribing to the idea that a leadership role entails bearing the pressures of the position alone. And while this belief can and has led to gains, shouldering every aspect of a business on one’s own will only work to a limited degree of success. Instead, learning how to build, manage, delegate and lean on your team can positively impact the entire team and the business. To help, 14 Newsweek Expert Forum members offer strong leaders tips for successfully managing their staff to drive business growth.

Company details

Consult DMC

Company bio

The mission of Consult DMC Inc is to ensure organizations meet their priorities and goals by supporting Executive Leaders, Leadership Teams, and Organizational Boards to meet their organization’s strategic objectives.



Area of focus

Charter Schools

Company size

2 - 10