Danielle Penabad Fulfree

Danielle Penabad FulfreeAs a first-generation American, Danielle has always believed in the phrase, “to whom much is given, much is expected.” Her father fled a dictatorship in Havana as a teenager, and her mother and grandparents immigrated from Buenos Aires to the U.S. for better economic and educational opportunities. From a young age, Danielle’s parents instilled in her the importance of giving back, which sparked her passion for public service.

Danielle began her career in the public sector working for the state office of her United States Senator. With a degree in Government and Public Policy from Dartmouth College, she wanted the opportunity to help improve her community both at the local and national levels. Through her work in communications and community outreach, Danielle interacted with hundreds of constituents across the state and helped the office bring to life national policies so they resonated in both the community and in households.

After earning her Masters in Public Administration, Danielle shifted her focus to the nonprofit sector. Most recently, she served as the director of member services for the Nonprofit Coordinating Committee of New York, where she managed communications with the organization’s 1,500 nonprofit, corporate and individual members. Danielle’s work concentrated on helping organizations run more effectively and efficiently, thereby improving their ability to achieve their missions and communicate their impact.

In her current role of engagement manager, Danielle supports Thaler and Jay in their consulting, speaking and coaching activities. She manages operations and logistics and digs into details, so that clients can focus on their impact and vision. Danielle is an active volunteer in her community and serves on the board of directors of the Jubilee Center, an organization dedicated to helping underserved children and families in Hoboken, New Jersey. She also has the brand new title of proud mom.

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Upcoming Events & Appearances

November 7, 2019
Nationswell Summit, NYC

October 4 & 5, 2019
Beyond Understanding: Listening for Emergence, Communications Network, Austin

October 3, 2019
Breakthrough & Story Your Future!, preconference workshop, Montana Nonprofit Association

September 24, 2019
Why Story Matters to Your Leadership, Guide Dogs for the Blind

September 23, 2019
The Ethics of Working with Story, Northern California Grantmakers

September 17-19, 2019
"Stories That Move Mountains: Shared Narrative is a Northstar for Change", Waggl Harvest: Voices at Work Leader Retreat, St. Helena, CA

Early September, 2019Documentary filming, Utah

August 19, 2019
Private Client, Princeton, NJ

June 25-27, 2019
WBENC National Conference, Houston

May 7, 2019
CTAM Communications Strategies Course

April 11, 2019
Storytelling and Social Change, Institute for Research on Women, Rutgers the State University of NJ

April 9, 2019
Presence & Engagement program, Anomaly, NYC

March 20, 2019
Starion Bank, North Dakota

March 19, 2019
North Dakota Council on the Arts

February 21, 2019
Public Engagement for Academics: The Use and Abuse of Story, Institute for Research on Women, Rutgers the State University of NJ

December 7, 2018
United Nations Population Fund, NYC

October 30, 2018
Listen Better, Hear More, free Waggl webinar

October 24 & 25, 2018
Behavioral Summit, NYC

October 18-21, 2018
National Harm Reduction Conference panelist, New Orleans

September 25-27, 2018
Participatory Narrative Program, San Diego

September 12 & 13, 2018
Building Narrative Power for Racial & Health Equity convening, NYC

June 21 & 22, 2018
Inspirefest keynote, Dublin

June 11, 2018
Biodiversity Funders Group, Kona, HI

June 7, 2018
Your Solution Story Matters, closing keynote, North Dakota Association of Nonprofit Organizations

April 12, 2018
Persuasive Speaking & Storytelling, Institute for Research on Women, Rutgers the State University of NJ

March 22-25, 2018
Palliative Care Advanced Narrative Medicine Workshop, Columbia Presbyterian Hospital, NYC

Testimonials

Testimonials
  • "WOW is the first thing that comes to mind. WOW, what a session that was. It was thought-provoking, it was imminently applicable and it was fun, great job." – James Heffernan, The Jedi Group Consultoria, Brazil

  • "Thanks for helping me become a vivid story sharer. Before I worked with you, I'm afraid I was a rambling geek with a Powerpoint presentation. Now, each time I deliver a keynote, I generate two or three more engagements from audience members. Big, big change thanks to you." – Dave Maney, Founder & Publisher, Economaney

  • “When I was calling around to check Thaler's references, one of her clients told me that she was thinking about asking Thaler to be her child's Godmother. After working with Thaler I realized that the client wasn't joking. It is rare to find a consultant like Thaler, with the right mix of expertise, intuition, centeredness, ethics and passion. As a client, I found Thaler innovative and delivering above and beyond expectations. As a participant, I discovered my storysharing abilities exceeding what I thought was evolutionarily possible.” – Damon Azali-Rojas, Director of Field Programs, Jemmott Rollins Group

  • "As a result of the group training and individual coaching that we receive from Thaler and Jay, Wellspring staff are presenting their work in ways that show more confidence and organization, while letting the passion for our work shine through." – John and Myles Taylor, Wellspring Advisors

  • "I've seen another well-known presenter on story, and he made me curious. But what I walked away from your program with was immediately implementable ways to capture and use story in my work, and to benefit my organization." – Dawn Harbatkin, MD, Executive Director, Lyon-Martin Health Services

  • “Thaler, your program was phenomenal! I was very impressed with the content, your delivery and the practical ideas we can immediately incorporate into our professional lives. You kept the program moving and everyone engaged. Your passion with your work was evident throughout. I heard from another attendee, 'this was the best session I have ever attended at Women Presidents' Organization conferences!' You truly made an impact!" – Paulette Turner, President, Integrated Leadership Concepts

  • "Thanks a million for stretching my thoughts and how I approach today and tomorrow." – Gary Cassard, Vice President & General Manager, Bright House Networks

  • "I'm a storyteller by trade, in a company that lives by story, with a truly amazing story to tell. So, in some ways, we're already there. That said, I was inspired by Thaler's deconstruction of narrative, and pointers for listening and engaging." – Steve Cooper, Director of Product Marketing, Lytro

  • "Jay is the coolest. I love the way he presents. Thaler is smart as a whip. I can't wait to hear what comes out of her mouth next. Together, they are able to break down the components of engagement in a way that we were previously unable to diagnose, let alone approach.” – Vice President, Global Education & Customer Experience, major cosmetics brand

  • "I found several things from your workshop directly applicable to my recent presentation to my board, and all grants were approved, so it was a big success. Our board chair even applauded after my presentation – a first! Thank you so much for your wisdom and guidance." – Denise Joines, Program Officer, Wilburforce Foundation

  • “We couldn’t be more pleased with the results. Thaler Pekar & Partners really 'get it' when it comes to helping move organizations forward in creative and positive directions. They possess a rare combination of flexibility and professionalism." -- John Seager, President, Population Connection

  • "Thaler is a communications genius with an insanely great ability to see 'through' a problem or challenge and create a story-based communications strategy to tackle the issue. She is fun to work with and obviously bright but not ego driven. It has been a privilege to work with her each time we have hired her. What I love most about her is that much of what she does is value-driven." – George Heindrichs, Former President and CEO, Intrado