“If you want to learn about an industry, the best thing to do is jump into it in some way, shape, or form,” explains Donna Rolf, Investor of New Era ADR. Today, Donna shares her legal career leap to the real estate industry and her critical executive role at an alternative energy company. Reflecting upon her experiences, Donna recognizes that she is hard-wired for risk, adventure, and as a result, success.
Donna has never let fear stop her from trying new things. Starting her career as a litigator, she was able to use her skills and expertise to pivot into various other roles, including serving boards in the start-up space and investing. Always willing to search for exciting new opportunities, Donna has organically utilized her network to find work she loves.
No matter what we do in life, we shouldn’t be afraid to take a risk. Learn more about Donna’s professional journey, transitioning to different industries, and her advice to others wanting a change.
“If you want to learn about an industry, the best thing to do is jump into it in some way, shape, or form.” (4:48–4:54) | Donna)
“It’s just about managing people and building a good team. I think you can do anything if you can build a good team.” (10:27–10:36) | Donna)
“Be positive and continue to be on the lookout for new opportunities. There are a lot out there.” (16:54–17:02) | Donna) “Take that leap. Don’t be afraid of taking the risk of making a change.” (17:36–17:40) |Donna)
“I’m very grateful for all those folks who take the risk to come up with the technology and develop the ideas we need to move forward.” (21:41–21:51) | Donna)