Donna Obeid was born and raised along the shore of Lake St. Clair in Grosse Pointe, Michigan. She earned a B.A. in English Literature from the University of Michigan and both an M.F.A. in Creative Writing and M.A. in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages with honors from American University where she was awarded an adjunct fellowship. The two years she spent as a visiting scholar in northern Thailand mentoring emerging English language teachers inspired her first published short story, Once. She is a recipient of a Raymond Carver Short Story Award from CarveMagazine, a Seventeen fiction prize and a Stanford staff photography award. For more than fifteen years, Donna has designed, developed and facilitated customized learning programs. She currently serves as Associate Director of Programs and Marketing for Executive Education at the Stanford Graduate School of Business.