Founded by Donna Haghighat, Collabyrinth Collective partners with small businesses and nonprofits to

pollinate engagement and creative solutions

navigate issues  to enhance board or employee engagement

plan for the future with strategic and business planning

accelerate growth with inspiring communications and program building .


About Donna Haghighat, Principal


Prior to launching Collabyrinth Collective LLC, Donna served as Chief Engagement and Advocacy Officer at YWCA Hartford Region where she directed the Fundraising, Communications and Public Policy Efforts. Prior to that, Donna served as the Chief Development Officer at Hartford Public Library and the Founder and CEO of, an online shopping center that showcased products exclusively from women-led growth businesses.

Donna is an adjunct professor teaching Fundraising at University of Hartford. She serves as co-president of AAUW CT, committee chair of AAUW’s Connecticut Tech Savvy, and on the AAUW National College & University Relations Board. Haghighat is also a delegate to Vision 2020, a national gender equity organization whose goal is 50/50 shared leadership.  She was also selected as a SHESOURCE expert for The Women’s Media Center. Donna is a member of the board of directors of Playhouse on Park where she chairs the marketing committee.

Donna was invited by Arianna Huffington to be a contributor to Thrive Global and has been a blogger for The Huffington Post.

Donna has served as Executive Director of Aurora Women and Girls Foundation in Hartford, CT. She has also been a member of the Trinity College National Alumni Marketing Council.

Donna's Awards:

2012 University of Hartford's Barney School of Business International Business Plan Competition Grand Prize Winner

1999 Trinity Club of Hartford Person of the Year

1996 National Trinity College Alumni Association Award recipient.

Donna's Education:

She received her B.A. from Trinity College and her J.D. from the University of Connecticut School of Law. She took 5 courses towards a Masters in Communications at University of Hartford and currently studies Improv.

It all started when...

Donna decided to flex her entrepreneurial muscle again.  Having previously created her own startup, Shoptimize, a retail entity that exclusively sold products from women-led companies, Donna was called to venture out on her own again.

Does flexing an entrepreneurial muscle burn the same amount of calories as flexing a bicep? Donna was eager to find out.

Donna has taken what she has learned from the many sectors in which she has worked to offer innovative strategies and solutions for nonprofits and small businesses alike.  A natural connector, Donna has also assembled a diverse network of talent upon which she can call for partnership depending on the project.

Donna's Favorites

TV Show:

Full Frontal with Samantha Bee


Advancing women and girls


Fall- she gets a weird sense of satisfaction just by crunching leaves when she walks (just ask Hanna her dog).

Things to Do for Fun:

  1. Travel
  2. Read
  3. Hang out with Family and Friends
  4. Cook
  5. Hike
  6. Learn Something New