Donna Hylton is a technology professional and community leader with over 30 years of experience. Donna began her technology career in college while working as a Data Center Coordinator in New York City. She has worked as an end-user database specialist, programmer, systems team leader, and information systems manager before making the transition to academia. In 1997 Donna started teaching at Middlesex Community College as an adjunct professor and was hired full-time in 2000. Today she serves as a professor and Program Coordinator of the Computer Information Technology Systems and Management Information Systems degree programs at the college.

Donna has a deep desire to inspire people from all strata of life to be the best they can be. She also applies this energy to the many community-based activities with which she is engaged. In 2002, she created “Adventures in Learning” an afternoon program of JOY Camp, a free enrichment camp for kids. This educational camp (which she continues to direct) uses creativity and innovation to get children excited about academics.

​In 2017 Donna took a sabbatical leave from Middlesex Community College to attack the problem of the under-representation of women, girls, and people of color in STEM. Out of this community endeavor, Donna founded the STEAM Train non-profit organization that works to move generations of under resourced and underrepresented populations to STEM. Today, Donna serves as STEAM Train’s president and she is joined by a Board of Directors who are STEM professionals. This diverse group provides thought-leadership to the organization…

Our conversation focused on:

  • What brought her to the path she’s on?
  • JOY Camp – Adventures in Learning
  • Computer Information Technology Systems
  • Chairman, President, CEO of Steam Train Inc.
  • Motherhood, raising kids
  • Challenges women face – helpful strategies
  • What teachings can we pass on to the younger generation, especially girls
  • Humanitarian Mission Trips – Most memorable trip
  • “Inspiring people from all strata of life”
  • Striving to do it all with excellence and humility.


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