Donna Fenn

Donna Fenn is an internationally recognized author and journalist who has been writing about entrepreneurship and small business trends for more than 25 years.  She is the author of two books: Upstarts! How GenY Entrepreneurs are Rocking the World of Business (McGraw-Hill, 2009);  and Alpha Dogs: How Your Small Business Can Become a Leader of the Pack (Collins, 2005).  Her books have been translated into Chinese, Japanese, Hindi, Korean, and Vietnamese. She is a contributing editor at Inc. magazine, where she manages the creation of’s 30 Under 30 Coolest Young Entrepreneurs list, and a columnist at Open Forum, where she writes weekly about start-ups.  In 2001, she was a co-recipient of the Women’s Economic Round Table Entrepreneurship Prize, sponsored by the Kauffman Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership. In 2011 and 2012, she was named a top Small Business Influencer Champion by Small Business Trends and  From 1988 to 1992, she lived in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, where she was a correspondent for The Associated Press covering a variety of issues including business, culture, the economy, and The Gulf War. Her work has also appeared in The New York Times, Newsweek, The Washington Monthly, Working Woman, Working Mother, Family Money, CFO, Corporate Finance, Pink, Parents, Readers Digest, and New England Monthly. She lives in Pelham, NY with her husband and three dogs.  She is also the proud mom of two amazing GenYers.