40 Under Forty: Danielle J. Clark, 33


Career coach; former director of the Master of Organizational Leadership Program

Clark Career Coaching; Nichols College, Dudley

Lives: Tewksbury

Birthplace: Winchester

Colleges: Becker College, Nichols College, University of South Florida

Clark once had to focus on much more pressing matters than taking time engaging young professionals in the area or helping to raise money for heart or cancer care. As a teen, Clark found herself in a variety of trouble, landing on probation at age 13 and dropping out of school at 14. With a GED by age 17, though, Clark was back on track. She has master's degrees in organizational leadership and business administration and is slated to get a doctorate degree next year in business administration. While at Nichols, Clark taught as a visiting professor at her alma mater and became director of its organizational leadership program, where she started to redo its curriculum. Clark has walked to raise money for the American Heart Association and shaved her head to raise money to help fight cancer. She serves on the steering committee for an initiative by the Corridor Nine Chamber of Commerce to engage young professionals. As a career coach, she mentors professionals, recalling how she relied on the help of others to get to where she is today.

From 40 Under Forty judge Kate Sharry: “Danielle has defied every odd, overcome tremendous obstacles and has earned every ounce of this award. I am beyond proud of this woman.”

What will be the movie about your life be called? “The Broken Road that Led Me Straight to ME: Discovering my true potential as a result of adversity”

Who is responsible for your success? My husband does EVERYTHING for me, ensuring I'm ready to take on the world. Without him I'd be unbalanced, unfed & unclothed.
Read about the entire 2018 Class of 40 Under Forty
Michael Alden - Ascentria Care Alliance
Che Anderson - City of Worcester
Victor M. Archila - VMA Electric Inc.
Allison Beckler, DO - YOU, Inc.
Sam Bitar - Webster Five
Mark A. Borenstein - Seder & Chandler LLP
Kate D. Campanale - Massachusetts House of Representatives
Derek Canton - paerpay
Ryan Canuel - Petricore, Inc.
Jennifer Caron - Body Therapeutics
Danielle J. Clark - Clark Career Coaching
Heidi Cooper - Cooper’s Hilltop Farm
Matthew M. Copeland, P.E. - Copeland Building Envelope Consulting
Pat Davis - The DAVIS Cos.
Efua T. Dufu, MSW, LCSW - Ellite Event Planning
Grace Elton - Tower Hill Botanic Garden
Ursula Furi-Perry, J.D. - Becker College
Jared E. Gentilucci - Nitsch Engineering
David Gilchrist, MD, MBA - UMass Memorial Health Care
Alvara Gjylapi - Santander Bank
Erica Grinkis - The GazBar Sports Grill
Meredith Harris - Marlborough Economic Development Corp.
Erin Jansky - Worcester Housing Authority
Ben Jones - Boston Scientific Corp
Alexis Kelleher - Crust Bakeshop; North Main Provisions
Bert LaValley - Sustainable Comfort, Inc.; deadhorse hill & simjang restaurants
Jennifer Leger - Fidelity Bank
Brian Lemerise - Quiet Logistics, Inc.
Tom Lubelczyk - The Worcester Jazz Collective
Laura Marotta - Creative Hub Worcester
Ryan Matson - Small Business Insurance Agency
Michael P. McDonough, CPA - McDonough, McDonough & Corsini, LLP
Madeline Mendoza - NewVue Communities
Jessica Morris - MCPHS University
Nathan Oriol - Oakdale Rehabilitation & Skilled Nursing Center (Oriol Health Care)
Nicholas Pelletier - Pelletier Properties at Keller Williams North Central
Courtney E. Pelley - Edward M. Kennedy Community Health Center
Lilian Radke - Unic Pro Inc.
Blaine Schnare - Harrington HealthCare System
Bonnie J. Walker - Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Learn how the winners were picked on our judges' page.