Creator | Dot Connector | Innovator | Historian | Sustainability & Zero-Waste Consultant | Podcast Host
Hi! My name is Danelle.
(Pronounced: Day-nelle Nickname: Dae or Day )
I am a Liberal Artist , a Sustainability Excellence Associate (SEA) , and a TRUE Advisor. I started as an interior designer, passionate about sustainability and making a positive impact in the world. Along the way, I became a multidisciplinary creative, historian, and problem solver whose sectors of expertise are: built-environments/real estate, consumer packaged goods (CPGs), education, experiential design, healthcare/medicine, social impact, STEM/M, and sustainability.
I am the founder of By Mnemosyne, a design and humanities consultancy working towards sustainability and business transformation. I've 20+ years experience working for, and with, leading companies and brands. Over my career, I've developed a strong skillset that includes art/creative direction, business development, communication design, content and experience production, data analysis, research, and teaching/mentoring. Parallel to being a multidisciplinary, I moonlighted as a birth doula (trained and certified by DONA International) from 2007-2012. In 2022, I was accepted into the U.S. LinkedIn Creator Accelerator Program - Technology & Innovation cohort.
I earned a Master of Liberal Arts degree (2016), with a concentration in the history of science, technology and medicine, from the Harvard Extension School (HES); a professional certificate in Religious Studies and Education (2015) through a partnership with the Harvard Divinity School (HDS) and HES; and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree (2004), from the interior design program at the Fashion Institute of Technology.
In addition to being an associate member of the New York Academy of Medicine, I am a member of the International Society of Sustainability Professionals, the Organizations of American Historians, the New York Academy of Sciences, and the Geena Davis Institute on Gender and Media.
I have served as a mentor for various youth programs via The Global STEM Alliance, was a teaching assistant through the Religious Literacy Project via Harvard University's MOOC, and sit on The Music & Health Clinic Steering Committee for The Louis Armstrong Center for Music & Medicine.
STUDIOS/ COMPANIES WORK(ED) FOR...
(In Alphabetical Order)
AR New York—(6m Freelance)
Bloomberg L.P.—(9m Freelance)
Production (Marketing) Designer
By Mnemosyne—(9yrs Ind. Practice ~ Current)
Founder & Liberal Artist
Crown Acquisitions—(1yr Full-time)
Exec. Assistant & Creative Manager
Dalzell Productions—(3yrs Seasonal Freelance)
Production Coordinator / Tribeca Film Festival Special Events
Douglas Elliman—(6m Freelance)
Edelman—( 2yrs Full-time & 2yrs Freelance)
Jack Morton Worldwide—(3.5yrs Permalance)
New Business & Presentation Designer
Marketing & Education Designer
The Knot—(3m Freelance)
Lucky Duck Productions—(2m Internship)
Production & Production Design Intern
MA Architects—(2yrs Permalance)
Interior Designer & Arch. Assistant
Mama Glow—(2yrs Freelance)
May Lindstrom Skin—(9yrs Freelance)
Web & Digital Communication Designer
MTV Networks—(3m Internship)
Special Events Art Intern
Power Pilates—(9m Permalance)
Rolling Stone Magazine—(3m Internship)
The Seventh Art—(9m Full-time)
Art & Innovation Director
Sterling Brands—(1yr Full-time)
Creative Manager & Presentation Designer-Design Intelligence Division
Verte—(7yrs Independent Practice)
Birth Doula, Lifestyle Consultant & Designer
W. P. Carey—(3 yrs - Full-time)
Creative Director - July 2020 - February 2022
Digital Designer - May 2019 - July 2020
The New York Academy of Sciences
The New York Academy of Medicine
Student Member - 2014-2016
Associate Member - 2017-Current
The Music & Health Clinic Steering Committee for The Louis Armstrong Center for Music & Medicine; 2017—(Co-chair) Wonderful World: Friends of Music Therapy’s Gala
Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media
International Society of Sustainability Professionals
Organization of American Historians
2018 & 2016—(Teaching Assistant) Religious Literacy: Traditions and Scriptures, taught via Harvard X on edX.org, Cambridge, MA (ONLINE) SPRING ’16 & SPRING ’18
2017—(STEM Mentor) Billion Oysters Project, Summer Learning Youth Camp (Grades 5-6), presented by the Billion Oysters Project, Good Shepherd Services, and the NYC Department of Educations
2017—(STEM Mentor) Various programs presented by the Global STEM Alliance
2012-2016—Master of Liberal Arts (ALM), History of Science, Technology and Medicine, Harvard Extension School
2012-2015—Religious Studies and Education Certificate, Harvard Divinity School and Harvard Extension School
2000-2004—Bachelor of Fine Arts, Interior Design, with a Sustainability Concentration, Fashion Institute of Technology
Certified by Green Business Certification Inc.
Sustainability Excellence Associate (SEA)
Developed and certified by the International Society of Sustainability Professionals and issued by Green Business Certification Inc.
2010 July—2013 July
(Certified Birth Doula) CD (DONA)
Certified by DONA International
2022—(Presenter) "Systems thinking within the realms of the humanities: Human-centered discourse as a pathway towards sustainable development," presented at the 1st Macerata Festival of Humanities: Sustainable Humanities—
The Humanities, the Social Sciences and Sustainability. Challenges and Perspectives, at the University of Macerata, Italy.
2018—(Learning Facilitator) Marvel’s Black Panther STEM DAY, presented by Marvel and BazanED, in partnership with The New York Academy of Sciences, NY Power Authority, Microsoft, Ghetto Film School, and BioBus
2017—(Panelist) Global Symposium 2017 New York: Focus on STEM in the Media, presented by The Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media and Google
2014—(Presenter) “Pioneers of Medical Education and the Spice Trade: Leiden University as a Catalyst for the Dutch Golden Age,” presented at the 4th Annual History of Medicine Night-Part 2; hosted by The New York Academy of Medicine
2012—(Presenter) “Psychological Colonization of the Mind,” presented for a class held at Lesley University
2009—(Panelist) On being a birth doula, presented by The Pregnant New Yorker
EXHIBITS & STORYTELLING
2015—(Artist & Curator) Sepideh: Reaching for the Stars installation and exhibit for the 10-year anniversary of Chicken & Egg Pictures, presented by Chicken & Egg Pictures, The Art Directors Club, and Shutterstock
2015—(Designer, Historian, & Storyteller) True Mirror: A history of mirrors, mythology, STEM, and the arts; Presented at the first annual festival of arts and ideas, hosted by the Onassis Cultural Center NY and the Onassis Foundation.
2016—Minerva’s Army and the Battle for Green Gold: Leiden University as a Catalyst for the Seventeenth Century Spice Trade. Master's thesis, Harvard Extension School. https://dash.harvard.edu/handle/1/33797284
2013 —Coverage of, “The Whispering Mind: The Enduring Conundrum of Consciousness” Panel, held at the 6th Annual World Science Festival in NYC. www.worldsciencefestival.com/2013/06/a_debate_on_consciousness/
2009—2006: Articles samples written for Eco-chick
2010-2012—Advocacy Committee Member, Choices in Childbirth
2005-2008—Volunteer Producer and Fundraiser, V-Day
2007—2012 (Birth Doula via DONA International)
2011—Completion of a 35-Hour Course of Study in Core Competencies for Community Health Workers, sponsored by the NYC Health and Hospitals Corporation and Columbia University
2011—ICEA Professional Childbirth Educator Workshop
2011—Completion of various sex and sexuality educational and community outreach training workshops through Planned Parenthood of NYC
2003—(Care provider) Live-in care provider for woman with Alzheimer’s