Hi, I'm Danielle!

I develop strategies that promote social innovation in complex, global companies.

With nearly five years of experience in strategy and project management in the non-profit, social enterprise, and for-profit sectors, I'm ready to accelerate my career growth and leadership development through the MIT Sloan program. 

This site is intended to paint a more comprehensive picture of who I am: the unique combination of analytical and left-brained, and creative and right-brained. Keeps scrolling to learn more!

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. Interestingly, it is also the rarest personality type for women. [1] 

COMMITTED TO SOCIAL INNOVATION

Over 16 years of Catholic and Jesuit education instilled in me 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 social and environmental impact.

CREATIVE PROBLEM SOLVER

One of the benefits of being the middle child in a big family 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, global teams to foster greater collaboration and creativity.    

TRANSLATE BETWEEN diverse audiences

I serve as a translator between technical and non-technical audiences—a useful skill for the Sloan community since nearly half of incoming students have technical backgrounds. [2] As a corporate citizenship strategist at an aerospace company, I’ve worked with over 100 engineers across 7 company sites to develop innovative science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) design challenges for K-12 students as part of our company’s Centennial Celebrations. 

LEVERAGE DATA FOR SOCIAL INNOVATION

I utilize data to drive corporate citizenship strategies that align business objectives with community engagement. 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 early 2015, I launched “The Give”, a monthly list of social impact jobs and opportunities for changemakers. Since then, the subscriber base has grown to over 600 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 in my career. 

For nearly five years, I've demonstrated consistently high performance and growth in my career. Each "step" in the chart below reflects a successively higher level of responsibility, expertise, and expectations required of a more advanced role—from entry-level analyst to mid-career strategist and project manager.