Meet Dana

I had this big aha moment...

What I did wasn't the point

It happened while I was flailing around trying to apply for a creative writing Ph.D. I had worked as a campus mentor, a Fulbright English teacher abroad, and was now getting a two year Master’s in English + Creative Nonfiction. But I just couldn’t get myself to take the next step: the Ph.D. Every time I opened an application, I couldn’t think straight.

Through the help of some bravery entrepreneurs, I figured something out:

My purpose had nothing to do with academia. It simply had been the closest thing I had ever seen to a full expression of my loves, passions, and skills. But that didn’t mean I had to go that road. I could choose something else and find another way forward.

I realized my story: to find and translate the story beneath the stories.

That’s it. That’s what I had been doing in all of my work in academia: finding to the true story at the heart of things, getting clear, and crafting great written communication. And that had infinite playgrounds for me to explore.

That’s where the Story Discovery comes in. I work with leaders and creatives to get the personal story clear before they start talking to their audiences. I help people to say who they are—out loud—in a way that makes sense to themselves and to the world.


How I Think

  1. First, that people are wildly unique.
  2. Second, that alignment between our insides and our outsides is critical to do the work. (Shout out to Stasia’s Style School for this lesson!).
  3. Third, that it often takes a bit of dialogue, a bit of witching, to translate our stories and experiences into true congruency.
  4. Finally: work vs life is a fabricated dichotomy. When we work on one, we work on the other. When we’re congruent in one, we are more congruent in the other.
My Heroes

Congruency Ninjas

By Parker Palmer

Let Your Life Speak

The Golden Circle that started it all and behind the 3rd most watched TED Talk of all time.

All of Seth Godin has been influential. But this one is motivating to get to your story and do the thing!

By Bill Burnett and Dave Evans

Dynamic and practical. Full of great ways to get outside of your own head and envision the possible.

An elegant, thoughtful text reflecting on the meaning of work. Comes with a poet’s eye and hand. Gorgeous, reflective sentences.

Where I've Been

My Life

I am currently based in Bellefonte, PA, a gorgeous old town near Penn State University. I live in a real-life Victorian Mansion that overlooks Purdue Ridge and is a short walk to a creek with the most perfect creek sound in the world.