Marketing Strategist and Digital Nomad based in Chicago, Illinois
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have you ever wondered what would happen...

if rock & roll and corporate America had a love child?

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hi, i'm dannie.

marketing expert • business strategist • author + educator • whip-smart whiskey drinker
tattoo hoarder
• airplane flyer • aggressive food segregator • hotel pen collector

Oh, and I also work at this little ol' place called Google.

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what’s in a name?

My business was founded in 2008 (and officially registered in 2009) as “LE Professional Consulting, LLC”. The “LE” was for my best friend and I’s middle initials, Lynn and Elizabeth, because they helped me with the original business framework.

After eight incredible years, I stepped out boldly and in 2016, I rebranded to my name. The business became known as “dannie” with the tagline “strategist. author. educator.” It was all well and good, but after a few times introducing myself at conferences where they asked you for your title and company name, it became increasingly awkward introducing myself as “dannie, founder at dannie".

Finally in 2019, after two years of being a side hustler again (due to my day job at Google), I decided it was time to have a company name again. The business became “DNE MKTG” - i.e. Dannie Marketing, but could also be read as “done” marketing or “one” marketing, implying that we’re the best and only choice. I’m excited to see how this next phase of business unfolds - thanks for joining me!

me as it pertains to you:

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I’m a Digital Nomad.

Travel is my obsession and history, my greatest inspiration, propels me forward from city to city.

What this means for you? I carry a worldly perspective and bring dimension and depth to the work we do together. Also, I might be in Budapest when we Skype, so don’t get mad if I’ve got goulash on my face. Wait. Uhhh. Rewind. I used to be a digital nomad. In September of 2017, I started a job at Google in sales and marketing. (Let's be real though. I'm still galavanting around the globe as much as humanly possible, mostly via speaking engagements!)

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i'm brave (usually).

I’ve been to more than a few countries, survived 4 near-misses with terrorist attacks, and refused to let fear or danger keep me from exploring our global community. I advocate for social justice and believe in collaboration over competition. My money's where my mouth is too - I served as the 2017 Rising Tide Society Creative Council Chair and I've collaborated with a host of mega-talented entrepreneurs.

What this means for you? I’ll nudge you to the edge and help you jump as we consider upleveling your strategy. I’ll lead you into foreign territory and show you the lay of the land when you find yourself floundering or fearful. I’ll guide you and show you that being brave is a choice you can make. Also, I’ve eaten live squid so you know I’ve got some serious lady-balls.

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I’m an industry leader in paradoxology.

I’m a rock in my values but my mind is open. I say what I mean and mean what I say but endeavor to be gentle. I can be hard and fierce but soft and in love - fuck with me and we’re not going to get along, but be you a kindred, I’ve got your back. For life. I have a burning love for #allthemoney but live very minimally.  

What this means for you? You’re dealing with a straight-shooting, kind-hearted, and extraordinarily savvy woman who gets shit done with stellar results. Also, I have 18 tattoos (and a brand new septum piercing), but that’s just for funsies. 


What’s not to love? An open-minded, whiskey-swilling, money-cultivator who collects passport stamps like some people collect dust bunnies? A creative creature with a business mind and expressive soul. You and me? We got this. You’re on a journey, I’m a seasoned adventurer - it’s a match made in heaven. Want some proof? Head on over here to see what other people got out of this adventure.

So… what’s next? You have a business you love. I have strategies that work. Take off your shoes, get comfy...welcome to my world. It's a place where business meets pleasure and unconventional alchemy yields magic beyond what you thought was possible. Let’s get you grown, monetize the shit outta that business you love, and make some waves in the world. 

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who has your back?

If you’ve read my book, One Honest Woman, then you know that I have a messy history of not being supported on this journey of entrepreneurship by my partners. In fact, more than once in my life, I have been in love with someone who saw my business and the fire in my heart for entrepreneurship as something that hindered my ability to be human. Talk about gut wrenching.

Those experiences taught me a few things, because here’s the thing - people can and will surprise you. The ones you expect the most of will disappoint you, and the ones you expect the least of will become treasured connections. Manage your expectations.

I say all of this to share that even after all of that, I managed to bounce back (after taking some time to heal) and finally found someone who knows that entrepreneurship doesn’t preclude humanity. In fact, even though he doesn’t understand it, he supports it and helps me nurture it every day. Find that someone.

If that someone for you isn’t necessarily a romantic partner, that’s okay too. Find some friends (entrepreneurs or otherwise) that get what you do. My forever ride-or-dies are babes like Jana Bishop + Rosemary Watson and fellas like Joey Vitale.

We give back

 

I’ve gotten to where I am today because of a community of incredible people supporting me - from the woman that adopted me and became my mom when I was 16 to friends that listen when I need a shoulder and everything in between. This business wouldn’t be possible without others’ support.

In that same vein, it’s important to me to give back to others. I do a select number of pro-bono marketing projects each year for organizations I believe in. This business also financially supports organizations that develop girls, including Girl Scouts and InHerShoes.

 
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