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Danielle Y. Hairston-Green,  Ph.D.,CFCS-HDFS

President & Founder

Dr. Danielle Y. Hairston Green holds a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership from Prairie View A&M University, a Master’s degree in Community Psychology & Social Change, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Penn State University. 

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Dr. Hairston Green’s action research includes “Perceptions of Mentors and Mentoring Relationships Among Minority Doctoral Students,” “Examining Microaggression at a Historically Black University,” and “The Impact of food insecurity and Homelessness Among College Students at an HBCU.” Her most recent co-authored published work is “Cultured Pearls: An investigation of culturally responsive pedagogical practices used by white teachers in urban settings”  and currently working on a second co-author document that focuses on Fatherhood.She has also designed C5E, the conceptual framework that suggest that early career success among recent graduates is predicted by non cognitive skill development and their intention to adopt new attitudes and beliefs.  ​ She served as the VP of an elected school board in Central Pennsylvania and the school board representative for the Capital Area Intermediate Unit. She also served as an Adolescent Health Educator and Prevention Specialist for 15 years at various nonprofit organizations, successfully implemented two leadership development training initiatives for teens serving more than 8000 teens, and a graduate school professor of Human Sciences. Additionally, she spent several years as a mobile therapist and therapeutic support staff with two well respected wrap around service organizations. Currently, she is the Institute Director for Human Development and Relationships with the University of Wisconsin-Madison Division of Extension and the founder of Embracing ARMS, Inc., which is a nonprofit organization with a vision to engage students and empower parents to take charge of their health, education, and safety within the community in which they live. Dr. Hairston Green is sought after to speak and facilitate workshops on state, local, national, and international platforms educating attendees on youth advocacy, parent empowerment, cultural diversity, change & conflict management, leadership development, and the power of storytelling.  Dr. Hairston Green’s leadership philosophy encompasses the ideal that leadership is about collaboration and teamwork within which team members can benefit one another’s strengths to counter individual weaknesses. She believes that the most outstanding leaders know their limitations and are adept at leveraging their strengths and the strengths of other to support the advancement of any organization.  As a leader and community advocate, she is committed to driving change that centers communities and results in equitable societies starting with a commitment to equity and inclusion for everyone. She is the mother of three adult children and four grandchildren.

Speaking Topics






This talk will share five core reasons why grandparents matter more than ever and how social media/technology has a positive impact on those relationships. 

Being a great leader is considered one of the most challenging roles to achieve. An essential attribute that could strengthen your leadership is confidence! Many leaders spend an entire working day second-guessing themselves and worrying about what others think of them, which could be unhealthy for your professional growth, have a major impact on your confidence, and the culture of your organization. Want to know where you are going and how to get there? What your reason is for the things you do? Would you like to show up in a way you are proud of and operate from a place of strength? This keynote approaches the topic with the idea that everyone has leadership abilities and developing them confidently will positively impact your colleagues and subordinates now and, in the future..

This presentation will explore what current leaders perceive as the value of specific soft skills among our recent graduates, their self-perceived competence of those skills, and barriers that may prevent emerging leaders from realizing early career success. This talk will also discuss the conceptual framework C5E©. 

This presentation explores the organizational culture and how the construct plays out in the workplace. It will also explore employee behavioral components and ten ways organizational culture directly influences the behaviors of employees within an organization.

With technology, flexible work, and ever-changing workplaces, setting healthy boundaries at work is more difficult than ever before. This talk will explore ten ways to establish and keep healthy boundaries at work and at home. 

"Your GRAMS presentation  was both meaningful and entertaining."



"Your transparency and genuine love and career for us to be better and do better was very evident." 



"Thanks for bringing so much sunshine to our group. Your mention of the roots, bamboo trees, and growth process was right on target for all of us."



"You could hear a pin drop when Danielle was speaking."

JOY Conference


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Parent Outreach Educator

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Craig R. Hairston-Green, Jr.

Fiscal Manager

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Domonique Green, BFA

Graphic Design & Marketing Specialist

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Michelle A. Hairston

Hip-Hop Historian & Youth Outreach Coordinator

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Associate Director

Youth Development and Outreach


Alenah Green

Social Media Coordinator

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