William (Bill) Donius
Former Chairman & CEO - Pulaski Bank
William A. Donius teaches his creative method of problem solving to a wide range of corporations and employees. Donius spent the past seven years conducting research with hundreds of test subjects to determine if his methodology for unlocking innovation, intuition and creativity could be applied to corporate America. The research findings were conclusive and led to a book. The result is his New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller, Thought Revolution. His recent TEDx Talk, “Unlocking the Brain’s Hidden App” explains a new approach to brainstorming.
Donius spent thirty years in corporate America in a number of industries, including health care, television production, and retail food and lastly banking. Nearly twenty of Donius’ thirty years were engaged in the corporate world. Donius rose through the ranks of corporate America to become Chairman and CEO of Pulaski Bank in St Louis. He led the bank through a successful initial public offering in 1998. During his tenure the bank grew eight-fold in size to $1.4 billion in assets. It was ranked one of the top performing small banks in the country by SNL, voted Best Place to work in St. Louis in 2007 by the St. Louis Business Journal, and received a Torch Award in 2008 from the Better Business Bureau for excellence in ethics and customer service.
Sixteen years ago, he discovered how to tap into his right brain. It revolutionized his life. He gained important insights about his personal life and was also able to apply it to his professional life. Curious if the methodology he learned could apply to others, seven years ago Donius departed banking and interviewed hundreds of test subjects to determine if they could apply his methodology to help them break through barriers and obstacles to gain insights about both their personal and professional lives. The journey resulted in many of the stories that make up the book and is the methodology he deploys in Ideation sessions to assist his Fortune 500 clients.