In 2019, DJ founded The Sabbatical Project to define, explore, and research sabbaticals. His book, based on hundreds of interviews with sabbatical-takers from across the world, will launch in 2023: be notified of its launch here.
His work on sabbaticals has appeared in TIME magazine, Fast Company, the Wall Street Journal, CNBC, Quartz, Built-In, Charter and at TEDx in Silicon Valley. He is a frequent contributing author and guest on podcasts on entrepreneurship, work-life balance, and innovation, including NPR, LinkedIn’s Hello Monday and for the Harvard Business School. DiDonna has designed sabbatical policies for dozens of organizations, from nonprofits to Fortune 50 companies, both in the United States and around the world.
Prior to his work on sabbaticals, DJ attended Harvard Business School, and cofounded a global credit-scoring company, EFL Global (Entrepreneurial Finance Lab), based in Lima, Peru. DiDonna led a hard-charging life as a social impact entrepreneur, flying over a million miles and living in Africa and Asia while his company enabled over $2 billion in loans to under-banked entrepreneurs in a dozen countries before being acquired in 2018.
DJ is the protagonist in two Harvard Business School cases, and has lectured at Harvard Business School, the Yale SOM, University of Virginia’s Darden School, the MIT Media Lab, Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business, University of Johannesburg, the African Leadership University, the Middlebury Institute, and Harvard’s Innovation Lab.
DiDonna is an active advisor to founders, a speaker and an investor in early stage startups. DJ has served as an Entrepreneur In Residence, judge, and mentor at Harvard and Notre Dame, as well as for Endeavor Global. He has presented at the United Nations, the World Bank, and won recognition from the G-20, the Wall Street Journal, and MIT for his company EFL Global. DiDonna was featured in the New York Times, the Economist, the Financial Times, NPR (WGBH), and Bloomberg for EFL.
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