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Donna Manring
Senior Consultant, Maun-Lemke:

Dishing Out Recipes for Success

In cooking, several various ingredients are required to make a successful dish. Although each component is unique, everything must mesh together to produce the desired result. The same goes for businesses and healthcare organizations. As professionals, we each offer unique strengths and skills, but if our talents aren’t beneficial to the organization, the “recipe” will ultimately fail.

Are You Following the Right Recipe?
Several organizations have tried to overcome obstacles with a cookie-cutter approach. They perhaps hire a consultant who has given the same exact speech or program to dozens, if not hundreds, of other organizations. But this is like tossing in a hunk of steak when you’re trying to make pumpkin pie. It just doesn’t work. Rather, organizations need a customized approach that identifies several specific possibilities and solutions. In the end, it’s this type of recipe that prevents a bad taste in your mouth.


Donna Manring offers more than twenty years of hands-on experience in almost every facet of healthcare, including acute care, long-term care, home health, assisted living, and retirement communities. She began her healthcare career in dietetics as a food service director in long-term care, where she managed a deficiency-free dietary department. She then moved to clinical nutrition in both long-term and acute care.

Ms. Manring is not only dedicated to educating and encouraging healthy behaviors among consumers and residents, but also to sustaining effective operations for healthcare organizations and professionals. Ms. Manring is currently a Dietetic Technician registered with the American Dietetic Association, where she also holds an elected position on the Professional Development Committee. Her work has been recognized in various publications, such as Balance Magazine, The ADA Times, The Michigan Restaurant Association and Wisconsin Restaurant Association. Donna is also a recipient of the “Dietetic Technician of the Year" award for the State of Wisconsin.

As an accomplished healthcare consultant and member of the National Speakers Association, Ms. Manring is a popular choice for keynotes, educational seminars, and business lectures. Her current clients include Coca-Cola Food & Beverage Company, the Women's Health Initiative, the International Fitness Conference, the American Dermatology Administration, the American Dietetic Association, the Wisconsin Office of Quality Assurance, and the Virginia Health Care Association just to name a few.

Ms. Manring offers cutting-edge solutions and insight for a variety of hot topics, including the following:
  • Customer Satisfaction
  • Recruitment and Retention
  • Nutrition
  • Enhanced Dining Programs
  • Sanitation Regulations and Guidelines
  • Health and Wellness
  • Survey Preparation and Management
  • Team Building
  • Operational Improvement
  • Culture Change
Regardless of the topic presented, Ms. Manring recognizes that every organization is unique. As such, she provides complete personalization, offering needs assessments and tracking for every engagement. Ms. Manring also performs a thorough review of company procedures and culture prior to the project start date, maximizing valuable time for every client.

A “Crock Pot” of Ideas

As a food service director and healthcare professional, Donna has walked in her client’s shoes. Through first-hand experience, she has faced the challenges and adversity inherent with healthcare. This has ultimately allowed her to develop the genuine sense of empathy required to deliver effective solutions.

Ms. Manring’s proven systems offer practical approaches presented in a positive, fun, and humorous way. Moreover, organizations that retain the services of Ms. Manring benefit from the expertise of a true facilitator. By facilitating every engagement, Ms. Manring provides essential information and expertise, while still allowing clients to learn by doing. After all, long-term results are much more likely to occur when an organization is equipped with the tools and resources to effectively operate after the consulting engagement has ended.

Ms. Manring’s deep industry knowledge also allows her to take complicated topics and issues and present them in a way that is easy to understand. Ms. Manring is able to connect with people in a variety of ways, including social networking sites, forums, and blogs. Her clients can ultimately receive accurate information in a convenient and highly accessible way. Ms. Manring also offers each client timely feedback progress reviews. This process not only engages team members, but also provides a sense of accomplishment and satisfaction as milestones are achieved.

Ms. Manring often refers to her approach as a “crock pot of ideas” because she offers her clients a variety of fruitful ideas and possibilities. One-size-fits-all approaches simply don’t work in most circumstances, and this is precisely why Donna presents a variety of solutions. By exploring multiple approaches, organizations can truly discover what will work best for them.

A Hefty Serving of Results
Although every client Donna Manring serves has unique needs and circumstances, one common factor remains—they all love her results. Simply put, Donna helps her clients reach (and often exceed) the results they seek. Whether it’s in the form of enhanced operations, increased education, and/or improved morale, Ms. Manring delivers positive, successful outcomes. Actual evaluation comments from Donna’s various engagements include the following:

“It was evident from the positive feedback that Donna was by far one of the best speakers at the conference! Her insight into human nature and ability to turn negatives into positive outcomes is a unique gift that she enthusiastically shares with others.”

“Donna applies systems and strategies for her clients, and is able to create results-oriented action plans.”

“Donna is exciting and energetic. She has excellent topic content. She is an outstanding speaker, and builds a good rapport with attendees.”

Ms. Manring ultimately provides clarity and guidance in an easy-to-understand and relatable way, which allows people to make informed, educated choices. In fact, an employee who attended one of Donna’s sessions reconsidered turning in her two-week notice. After listening to Donna’s message about turning negative situations into positive outcomes, she decided she had the ability to turn her situation around, and stayed with the organization.

When it comes to results, Ms. Manring makes big projects and massive goals attainable. By guiding organizations through the right steps and processes, Ms. Manring provides organizations with the tools and resources to achieve long-term success. With these small, calculated steps, healthcare teams can achieve big things.


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