Hosted by Donna Cardillo RN and Mike Ciavolino

Meet the Hosts

Donna Cardillo

Donna Cardillo, MA, RN, CSP, FAAN is The Inspiration Nurse. She travels the world helping individuals to be happy in their lives and careers and to reach their full potential. She does that as a keynote speaker, columnist, author, and cut-up. Donna is a lifelong Jersey Girl with attitude and chutzpah to share!

Her accomplished career combines over 25 years of clinical, managerial and business experience, not to mention her stint as a professional singer. Donna’s clinical experience includes emergency and psychiatric nursing. Donna holds a diploma in nursing, a BS in Health Care Management and an MA in Corporate and Public Communication. She is an Expert Blogger at, the original ‘Dear Donna’ columnist at, and former “Healthcare Careers Expert” at

Donna has twice been named Business Woman of the Year in New Jersey and has also received the coveted Athena Award, an international leadership award for women. Donna was designated a Diva in Nursing by the Institute for Nursing in NJ for outstanding achievements and excellence in practice. She has also been named one of 50 Best Women in Business by NJBIZ. Donna appears regularly on television and radio, is frequently quoted in newspapers and magazines and has published numerous articles. Donna has appeared on The Dr. Oz Show and the Today show and has been featured in the Los Angeles Times on several occasions.

Donna’s most recent book is Falling Together: How to Find Balance, Joy, and Meaningful Change When Your Life Seems to Be Falling Apart. She is also the author of Your First Year as a Nurse: Making the Transition from Total Novice to Successful Professional 2nd ed., The ULTIMATE Career Guide for Nurses: Practical Advice for Thriving at Every Stage of Your Career, 2nd ed., and A Day Book for Beginning Nurses.

Donna is a founding member and past president of the New Jersey chapters of both the National Speakers Association (NSA) and the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO). She holds the coveted Certified Speaking Professional (CSP) designation, the highest earned international recognition for professional speakers. This makes her one of only 10% of all speakers to hold this designation and one of only 25 nurses in the world with this credential. Donna is also a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing (FAAN).

Donna is a volunteer lecturer and facilitator for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. When she is at her home base in Sea Girt, NJ, she serves as a local spokesperson for family caregivers. She is also a certified meditation teacher, Reiki Master, and Forest Therapy Guide.

Mike Ciavolino

Mike Ciavolino is the CEO of Shore Creative Group with more than 30 years of healthcare recruitment branding and marketing experience on a local, regional and national level. Mike has boundless insights to deliver. He focuses his energies on helping clients develop employer brand strategies and marketing campaigns to better position themselves with today’s changing recruitment marketplace. Mike writes a weekly blog dedicated to healthcare recruitment solutions called:

Prior to opening Shore Creative Group, Mike spent his career working at several prestigious advertising agencies including the Bernard HODES Group, developing Employer Brands, recruitment strategies and campaigns for local, regional and national brands like Nabisco, Boston Scientific, Cahners Publishing, IBM and more.

After returning to his beloved New Jersey Shore, Mike opened Shore Creative Group in 2008 and the agency quickly developed a reputation for creative excellence and innovative solutions for recruitment clients.

Mike is President-Elect of the Jersey Shore Association of Human Resources and a board member of the New Jersey Association of Healthcare Recruiters. He has conducted symposiums for HR Leaders on topics like Employer Branding and has spoken at multiple Society of Human Resources conferences including the Garden State SHRM annual meeting and the National Association of Healthcare Recruiters annual conference.

Mike also started a non-profit Foundation dedicated to funding housing for autistic adults called Frankie’s House, and has served on the board of the New Jersey Shore Walk for Autism Speaks. He is past President of the Long Branch Rotary Club and a member of the Monmouth Ocean Development Council and the Eastern Monmouth Chamber of Commerce.

At Shore Creative Group, the agency focuses on delivering real-life results and bottom-line smiles for clients whether it’s a single assignment or building and implementing an integrated marketing campaign that can include advertising, branding, SEO, SEM, social email marketing, web design and video marketing.

The agency client roster includes financial institutions, healthcare employers physician practices, universities, law firms, and a wide range of local and regional businesses that rely on Shore Creative Group for expert branding and marketing.