"The problem with most education consultants
is that they've only ever worked in education."
Donna Budica is Founder / CEO of dBu Edu.
With a degree in Finance from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA in Media Marketing from USC's Marshall School of Business, Donna has over a decade of experience in high-end education consulting, academic advising, and college admissions, focusing on helping students excel academically, personally, and professionally. Her expertise has also led to advisory & consulting roles for other global education entities.
In parallel with her leadership in education, Donna has cultivated a career in media/entertainment and a prolific global network. She has worked at Creative Artists Agency (CAA) in Motion Picture Lit & Talent, Atom Factory with A-list music artists, and as a strategy & influencer marketing consultant for Fortune 500 & numerous brands including Visa, Bacardi, Samsung, Spotify, Google, & Airbnb.
Understanding the power of education within the context of industry & entrepreneurship has led Donna to recognize the ubiquitous importance of developing EQ & IQ from an early age — something traditional school curriculum & programs lack. Identifying business leadership & organizational best practices at the intersection of business, culture, & social impact, she founded dBuEdu to provide comprehensive programs & experience-based methods that prepare the next generation of leaders. By learning how to bridge the gap that often exists between traditional academic excellence & practical, applicable life-long skills, students develop tools that support academic, personal, & career success, both during & after school.
Donna grew up in Philadelphia & has served as member & co-Chair for several advocacy and philanthropic organizations including non-profits supporting the global fight against Sickle Cell Disease. She also participates in the LA chapters of Visionary Women, Looking Beyond, WhartonWomen, & is a board member of several international mentor organizations supporting women in business.