Hi, I'm Danielle!

I develop strategies that promote impact and innovation in fast-paced, mission-driven organizations.

With 5+ years of experience in strategy, consulting, and brand/product management at Fortune 100 companies, large nonprofits, and social enterprises, I am now pursuing an MBA at the Carnegie Mellon Tepper School of Business with concentrations in marketing, strategy, and entrepreneurship.

Scroll down to learn more about how I am the unique combination of analytical and left-brained, and creative and right-brained. 

DATA-DRIVEN

how i think

how i act

how i grow

LOGICAL & SYSTEMS THINKER

My natural inclination is to use logic and data for sense-making, decision-making, and systems thinking. According to the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator assessment, I'm an INTJ (introverted, intuitive, thinking, and judging), which means I'm analytical, introspective, and have a quiet, yet confident leadership style. Fun fact: INTJ is also the rarest personality type for women. [1] 

COMMITTED TO SOCIAL INNOVATION

My education has installed the lifelong values of openness to growth, critical thinking, intellectual excellence, and social justice. This has contributed to my belief that companies that strategically align social responsibility with their business objectives are the most effective drivers of long-term, sustainable impact.

CREATIVE PROBLEM SOLVER

One of the benefits of being the middle child is that I learned diplomacy, resourcefulness, and creative problem-solving skills from a young age. Now I apply these skills daily when working with diverse, cross-functional teams to foster greater collaboration and creativity.    

TRANSLATE BETWEEN TECHNICAL & NON-TECHNICAL audiences

I serve as a translator between technical and non-technical audiences. As a strategist at the world's largest aerospace company, I shepherded 100 engineers across 7 company sites to develop innovative science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) challenges based on the innovative, highly technical work they did at the company—yet simple and understandable enough for K-12 students. 

LEVERAGE DATA FOR SOCIAL INNOVATION

I utilize data to develop strategies that align business objectives with long-term innovation and impact. Recently, I analyzed data on the transition of U.S. military and veterans into civilian careers. I then successfully pitched a pilot collaboration between my company and Sword & Plough, a veteran- and minority-owned social enterprise that employs veterans to upcycle military surplus fabric into stylish, durable bags and accessories.. 

CONNECT TALENT TO OPPOrtunitieS

I’m what Author and Professor Adam Grant calls a “Giver,” someone who makes “microloans of knowledge, skills, and connections to other people.” [3] In 2015, I launched “The Give”, a monthly list of social impact jobs and opportunities for changemakers. Since then, the subscriber base has grown to nearly 2,000 early- and mid-career professionals interested in applying their skills in socially responsible companies, nonprofits, and social enterprises. I'm also collaborating with a leading talent management and recruiting agency to cross-promote content among their pool of 40,000+ purpose-driven professionals.

I learned about the engineering design process – rapidly prototyping, testing, and continuously improving designs – through my work in the aerospace industry and with STEM education non-profits.

But I learned from the engineering design process how to be a more authentic, balanced leader. As someone who strives for excellence in all facets of my life, I can be prone to analysis paralysis. However, the engineering design process has helped me develop a growth rather than fixed mindset in pursuing new challenges and opportunities—from developing go-to-market strategies for innovative brands or learning a new analytical skill in my MBA program.