As the Coordinator of the Reciprocal Mentoring Lab, Danielle helps coordinate and manage the logistics of this new solution that focuses on cross-gender mentoring pairs to advance and retain women in leadership roles. With her Master’s in Industrial-Organizational Psychology, she applies a scientist-practitioner lens of creating research based practices in the workplace. With this lens, she has been a part of the research and development of the Reciprocal Mentoring Lab.

How does diversity and inclusion personally relate to you?

To me, diversity and inclusion (D&I) means that everyone has a voice and a “seat at the table”. My view of D&I has been formed through personal experiences as well as my education. Growing up, I was very athletic and enjoyed doing a lot of stereotypical “boy activities” (e.g., gaming, rock climbing, watersports, etc.) and experienced interesting dynamics when participating in those activities with others. Then, during my graduate schooling, I learned more about specific biases and barriers that minority groups face in the workplace and how it impacts their ability to be hired, how their performance is evaluated, and how they are treated on a day-to-day basis. Through these experiences, I have become aware of how I can personally make an impact in the area of D&I to ensure that everyone’s voice is heard.

What do you like to do in your free time?

In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, hiking, watching Netflix, and gaming. During the warmer seasons, I especially enjoy spending time outdoors and adventuring around the Pacific Northwest.