August 20, 2018
Class of 2018

40 Under Forty: Danielle J. Clark, 33

Photo | Erika Sidor
Winners of the WBJ 2018 40 Under Forty award (from left): Danielle Clark, Ursula Furi-Perry, Sam Bitar, Brian Lemerise.

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.

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