Alumni in 5
Danielle Harris '11
1. Tell us about your journey since graduation.
After graduating in 2011, I was hired as a social media marketing intern at the American Concrete Institute. I was there for 10 years and moved up the ranks doing everything from marketing film production, trade show marketing, branding work, and finally managing international marketing. I was key in opening an international branch of the company in Dubai, working with governmental officials to establish relationships, hiring local staff, and officially launching the office. In 2021, I decided to start my own marketing consulting company, DRHarris Consulting, where I help business owners create strategic marketing plans. I also help solopreneurs build their confidence as they market their businesses for the first time.
2. Share a favorite Grand Valley memory.
I have so many amazing memories from my time at Grand Valley. I was a resident assistant for several years, and I always loved throwing Halloween parties. But mostly, I cherish the memories I have hanging out with friends at Fresh Foods and eating Laker Bowls.
3. What's the best piece of advice you've ever received?
Keep in touch. It sounds so simple and basic, but I think we highly underestimate how powerful keeping in contact with different people you meet along your journey can be. Sometimes we think it has been too long. But keep in touch with people, you never know where that can lead you.
4. List three words you would use to describe your Grand
Foundational. Happy. Meaningful.
5. What difference would you like to make in the world?
I was talking to a woman not too long ago who said that her dream was to change the world. She said that now that she's older, she doesn't think that's possible anymore and "settles" for helping the children in her community. I had to stop her because the work that she does changes somebody's world. Changing one person's world CAN change the world. And that's what I want to continue doing. Reminding people of the impact they can have. That's why I like marketing. It is empowering people to speak up and talk about businesses they are passionate about. I work with people who want to help and impact others. My job is to help them find the confidence and the strategy to make it happen.
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