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A Life of My Own

A Life of My Own

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By Donna Wilhelm

An inspiring personal memoir of self-discovery from leading philanthropist and arts advocate Donna Wilhelm.

Publication Date: November 12, 2019

Hardback: 9781941920916

eBook: 9781941920923


An evocative, immersive memoir that charts the personal evolution of an American philanthropic thought leader and arts advocate. A Life of My Own follows the author’s journey from girlhood to the woman she would become. Wilhelm reveals her unique upbringing, diverse work history, family challenges and journey of personal growth with unbridled honesty and narrative energy. When life on the outside seemed under control, her inner life was in turmoil. A search for self-realization explores lies and deception about her origins, and a quest for truth and understanding that ultimately shapes a woman with profound purpose and mission. Donna Wilhelm’s memoir will inspire future generations to take ownership of their own life choices and stories as they travel with her on a journey as universal as it is empowering.

Biographical Note

Donna Wilhelm is a philanthropist and arts advocate in Dallas, Texas. Following the 9/11 attacks, Wilhelm became one of 14 philanthropists to form The Pluralism Fund, dedicated to building the capacity of women and girls in Iran and Pakistan. She holds many board and advisory capacities with Dallas area non-profits, including KERA North Texas Public Broadcasting and the World Affairs Council. She graduated from The City University of New York with a degree in Art History and Studio Art and did post graduate work in jewelry design at New York’s Parsons School of Design.


“This is a memoir that bears remembering, as a testament to the possibilities implicit in those who never stop searching for a third, fourth or fifth way out of confining circumstances to a new life that’s useful, durable and, inevitably original.
     With luck, pluck and strenuous effort Donna Wilhelm has achieved both, and in A Life of My Own she traces the roads taken, and nod, but unexpected beginnings to her current state of grace that seems that seem far from certain even for a personality as set to soar as hers.” —Lee Cullum, host of CEO on KERA