“My deepest desire is to encourage young woman.”
Donna Otto has lived in Scottsdale for 40 years. Born and raised in Chicago, Donna and her husband David moved to Scottsdale in 1977. “Juxtaposed to Chicago, Scottsdale gave us the opportunity and space to do all that we wanted to do; it has land, space, property, community, and it was small……at the time.”
Donna is owner and founder of the Modern Homemakers Ministry. Founded in 1986, Homemakers began after 7 young woman from Donna’s church pleaded with her to mentor them as wives, mother’s and homemakers. For an entire year, Donna said no to their request. She believed herself to be 100% unqualified to help other mothers. “I was completely unorganized. I didn’t understand what priorities were. Everything in my life was out of order all the time. Nothing got done, and I was a wreck – bills unpaid, RSVP’s not done, piles of clutter everywhere, and if I was expecting company it would take me 2 weeks to get my home in order.”
Eventually after wise words of advice from Elisabeth Elliot (Donna’s mentor), Donna reflected on how many older woman had spoken words of encouragement to her throughout her life, and out of reciprocity, she finally obliged. Donna had found her calling. What started as 7 women in her home soon grew to 250 women meeting weekly at a large church. She began traveling twice a month to speak to groups of 300-500 woman throughout the country about what it means to be a woman, wife, mother and homemaker, and was then offered her first book deal. On organization of all things!!!
“I find woman learn mainly through my mistakes, not what I do right. To teach on organization, for example, I share how I failed. I had to research, investigate and create what worked for me. And then had to PRACTICE! It worked!” “I became known around the community and country as being an organizer, the very thing that I used to struggle with the most.” In 2009 after 23 years of speaking weekly and 8 books written, Donna decided to focus on smaller groups and events closer to home. She has a heart for the young woman of Scottsdale, so it is important for her to stay involved in the community. In order to reach woman outside of the city, Donna began her own podcast which she continues with today. On November 4 she is speaking at her Home for Christmas event where you can discover tips on eliminating the stress of the holidays, how to simplify, budget, decorate, shop, and more. What an exciting and amazing opportunity to hear Donna’s perspective first hand. For more information go to www.modernhomemakers.org
Andrea has been a Scottsdale native for 20 years. Originally from Kamloops, British Columbia Canada Andrea developed a love for the outdoors and creative arts at a young age. After graduating high school Andrea immediately began work in the fashion industry traveling all over Asia. She then studied Fine Arts in College where her love for photography emerged. Andrea has traveled all over the world and one of her favorite things to document is her friends and families authentic experiences through photography. Running her own photography business allowed her to keep her creative juices flowing while raising her family. Andrea and her husband Shane have 4 children.