Donna Cariello always goes above and beyond the normal call of duty. When she was asked to chair the Long Island Center Golf Outing in 2006, she did it with incredible dedication and it became the highest fund raising Golf Outing in our History ... If you are looking for a long term partner to take care of your fund raising needs - look no further than Donna Cariello and The Long Island Way."
President - Long Island Center for Business and Professional Woman
Of course, it was a great honor to be recognized and named a "2009 Cause Champion" by The Long Island Way. But I honestly did not anticipate the positive Impact this experience would have on my life and my business. What a tremendous Opportunity to highlight Sharing Advantage, our community based not-for-profit support program and bring much needed exposure and recognition for my alliance partner, The Arthritis Foundation for the important and excellent work that they do. By providing this rather unique forum, The Long Island Way is thinking outside the box and is helping facilitate the way business is conducted on Long Island. Nobody else is doing what this organization does!"
First Allied Home Morgage, LLC an Affilicate of Wells Fargo
Speed Networking- Secrets of Master Networker- Amazing energy in the room. Dean Mercado's from On-line Marketing Muscle is an expert in his field. I left this event with the do's and don'ts in networking. They deliver the BEST Speed Networking Event on Long Island"
Business Owner - Teresa's Family Cleaning
Donna has the highest integrity of any professional woman I know. She was very instrumental in helping me "think out of the box", she inspired me to expand my circle of influence, which in turn increased my business and connections"
Sales Director - Mary Kay Cosmetics
I was given the task of raising money for a non profit organization and was having a hard time coming up with a different out of the box idea. In walked Donna Cariello. Donna had a novel idea that resulted in a night of networking, support of the organization, PR for the businesses involved and most of all fun! Donna's enthusiasm and drive is unsurpassed!"
Vice President Cash Management - State Bank of Long Island
Donna Cariello is great at bringing people and resources together. She fearlessly taps into her extensive network of contacts to surface resources, build alliances and further growth for Long Island companies. Donna is a team builder with the kind of passion that drives projects forward.
President - Comvergence Marketing Group
Donna, Congratulations for a fabulous, first annual Breakfast of Champions. It was a wonderful morning filled with warmth, energy and optimism... just like you! Family & Children's Association is a proud participant and partner in Long Island Way. Many thanks for including us as a charter member in this noble effort. Marie & Angela
Marie Palagonia, CFRE
Vice President and Chief Developmnet Officer- Family and Children's Association
"Competition rests within us, not outside of us and while our mission drives what we are here to do, every non-profit is here to help the community," said Mr. Weitzner. "Part of the equation is establishing relationships and giving them the opportunity to bring them into the fold of your organization. Through partnerships with businesses and other non-profits, we are helping each other. This is where Donna and I seemed to see things eye to eye."
Mayor of Port Washinigton North
The breakfast of champions was a truly energizing and uplifting networking event. What an overwhelming turnout and response to an idea that started out as the brain child of one inspired woman and not so long ago!!! What became strikingly clear was the expanse of what's possible for each of us when we work together in service of something that is greater than ourselves. This is an idea whose time has come and I am so grateful to have been invited to attend.
Personal Success and Leadership Coach
Donna, The Long Island Way events are great and each surpasses the prior in education and teamwork.
Business Ower.- Allstate Insurance of Westbury
Thank you...Thank you...and another thank you to " A taste of Home" and "Regal Limousine" and especially to The Long Island Way for having such a terrific group of members. I used both of these organizations to "reward" my top performer and they did an outstanding job, actually over the top, to make this a special evening. When I need something the FIRST place I go to is The Long Island Way.....where the mission is for members to support other members. It worked for me beyond my expectations.
Sales Director - Mary Kay Cosmetics
Donna, It was such a delight meeting you at The Long Island Way's first Breakfast of Champions. What an incredible group of people, with such amazing energy—you should be very proud of what you've already accomplished , and you're just getting started!
Megan R. Wills
Director of Planned Giving: Metro NY-American Cancer Society Eastern Division
Donna is a dynamo: Passionate heart-soul-spirit-energy-smarts and biz acumen, a fabulous combination! The Long Island Way is a gift to non-profits and business communities in the Metropolitan area, especially Long Island. The networking has been fabulous; my company has already reaped positive results, and of course, there's the "from my heart" aspect of being a business advocate. LiWay has awesome beginnings and we expect it to keep snowballing!
Eileen Lichtenstein, MS.Ed.
President and Founder - Balance and Power
I have been a member of other networking groups with mixed results. The Long Island Way has been different from day one. The Long Island Way offers me the "something else" that I was looking for. It has offered me an opportunity as a small business owner to build relationships and help to make a difference for important causes, right here in my backyard. I look forward to supporting the growth of this organization and to making connections that go beyond passing business cards. Thank you Donna for both the concept and the reality.
Toys of Hope is very proud to be a founding nonprofit member of the Long Island Way. Susan MacDonald and Marie Cantone are our advocates from the LIWay and have since become wonderful members of our Board of Directors. In the short time they have been on the Board they have worked very hard to increase our visibility on Long Island and have secured the prestigious PR firm, The Business Development Group, with CEO Lucy Rosen to be a part of our team.
Founder-Toys of Hope
"Donna Cariello's Long Island Way Delivers! Donna promised to send people to my Extraordinary Self Sampler Program, our intro to the full Extraordinary Self Program. Not only did her people come to the Sampler - a number of them signed up for the full Extraordinary Self Program. And now they are referring others. As Donna says: That's how it works" Join the Long Island Way to boost your business while doing good. It's a WIN/WIN strategy.
Master Business Development Coach/Executive Coach
Donna Cariello is like a Pied Piper of Business and community leaders who are committed to making a difference while they are doing business. What distinguishes the Long Island Way from other networking groups is that everyone who comes to the meetings is of a mindset of contribution and giving back to the community and those in need. Instead of asking how can we do business, Long Island Way members ask first, "How can I help You?" and what occurs are miraculous connections and collaborations that bring greater success to what we do. It is truly an amazing group to be a part of.
Membership Development Director-National Association of Mothers' Centers (NAMC)
Donna Cariello with The Long Island Way has a heart of gold! I was absolutely blown away by her generosity when she gave my nonprofit company, The Love Group, the opportunity to raise funding at Raymour & Flanigan's annual holiday event. She loved our mission to empower young girls and genuinely wanted to help us be able to do just that. I could see how much joy it brought to her bringing people together for a good cause, supporting and loving one another. We are so grateful to have someone like Donna helping nonprofits survive and thrive to serve our communities. Thank you Donna, we will forever appreciate the work you do!
Founder & CEO - The Love Group
The classes begin by participants discovering their personal communication style, through awareness exercises and small group discussion. As facilitator and teacher, Donna gently guides each person to embrace their unique style and then craft their presentation to prospective clients through mock networking events, where the student gains invaluable insight and experience by both presenting and witnessing other’s example. This process culminates in the participants’ ability to present themselves with confidence, but also to work towards building greater community and connection between businesses and nonprofits.
Owner - Firestone Productions Unlimited
The Certified Community Ambassador Program was a positive vehicle that reinforced the need for staff and management to jointly work together to promote and market our organization."
Executive Director, Hempstead Boys & Girls Club
"Donna provided a new spin on fund development which reinvigorated her class, allowing them to see opportunities rather than obstacles." She always stays ahead of the curve and readily shares new information with her clients to help them move forward. Donna is a natural giver who continues to be a magnet for positive change!
President of Quantum Business Group, Inc.
Don't just read Donna's book. It's actually a blueprint for you to attract people into your life just the way Donna did. I'm proud of her accomplishments and even more excited about how this book has the potential to change your lifestyle for a lifetime.
President, Small Business Camp
This book is a compilation of inspiring stories that demonstrate how being empathetic to the needs of others through volunteerism can enrich your life. I strongly recommend this book to those looking to improve their life and the lives of others.
Licensed Clinical Social Worker
I want to thank Donna for all she does. She too has made a difference on Long Island. Hope is good...be positive and good things will happen!
Evecutive Director of Rise Life Services
This book is full of rich and riveting true stories. Transformation is evident in each, reminding us that human greatness is all around us and within us. Once you read this book, you're likely to find yourself feeling more alive and willing to do something to be more actively engaged in your community.
Dr. Gina Marino
Center for the Alignment of Body, Mind and Spirit
Donna is a SPARKPLUG when it comes to creative marketing events and collaborations. I have been both the recipient and participant at many great events—from book launches which feature and benefit charities and small businesses along with the author, to collaborations at venues ranging from Raymour and Flanigan to local restaurants. Donna has a great sense for connecting the right people whose missions align, and creating events that attract raving fans. From The Long Island Way to the Long Island Writers Club, from inception through executuion, Donna makes great things happen.
President and Publisher, Red Penquin Books