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William Donius

William Donius

William Donius facilitates Ideation sessions based on the unique methodology described in his New York Times best-selling book, Thought Revolution. The book is about breaking through complacent, conventional thinking to think differently about the problems faced in life.

Bill spent 30 years in corporate America in a number of industries, including health care, television production, and banking. He rose through the ranks of corporate America to become chairman and CEO of Pulaski Bank in St Louis. During his tenure the bank grew eight-fold in size to $1.4 billion in assets. He serves on a number of boards including the St. Louis Art Museum, Maryville University, and Venture Cafe and served a two-year term on the U.S. Federal Reserve Board as a banker appointee.

Bill was a left brainer for most of his life. The left hemisphere is known as the place where linear, analytical, and logical thinking take place. Twenty years ago, however, he discovered how to tap into his right brain and it revolutionized his life. He gained important insights about his personal life and was also able to apply his new skills to his professional life. Curious if his approach could apply to others, he departed banking. He interviewed hundreds of test subjects to determine if they could apply his methodology to break through barriers and gain insights about both their personal and professional lives. The journey resulted in many of the stories that make up his best-selling book that dispels the mystique of creativity and intuition.

Currently, he facilitates sessions for organizations to help them break through conventional thinking to problem solve and innovate more effectively.


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