Danielle is an advocate for social change, and embraces challenging conversations around prejudice and inequality. Whether in front of a huge audience or a 1-1 chat over coffee, Danielle loves creating safer spaces for growth and education. When not working at PROJECT ROCKIT, you can find Danielle writing articles, riding her motorcycle, or covered in glitter on the dance-floor.

After graduating with a BA (Media & Communications) with a focus on Gender Studies, Danielle started work as a Graduate at National Australia Bank. She specialised in Business Improvement, and brings a zest for project planning and change management to every endeavour. Whilst at NAB she won best speaker in the Diversity Great Debate, gave a TED-style talk on breaking down barriers to conversations around topics such as feminism, and co-founded a gender-positive community with launch events in Sydney and Melbourne.

In 2014 Danielle moved to San Francisco, spending 1.5yrs discovering what makes the city such a hub of civil rights and social progress. She worked at artist-led walking tour company Wild SF Tours, leading LGBT+ rights historical walks of the Castro district - America’s first ‘gaybourhood’. When not giving tours, she worked closely with the founders to help grow and improve the company, and relished in the opportunity to understand a small business and the tourism industry. Whilst in San Francisco she also became a drag performer, using art to entertain, play with gender, and provide commentary on social issues.

Now back home in Melbourne, Dani is living out loud as her full self, and hopes to educate and inspire others on how to find their unique place in the world. Since returning, she has been featured in Archer Magazine’s THEY/THEIRS issue, Joy 94.9 and 3CR radio, and Midsumma Festival. 

DISLIKES: sloths (I know!), scary movies, being cold, sitting down for too long, rigid gender roles, having too many expectations

LIKES: selfies, salt and vinegar chips, nature documentaries, cats, lip-syncing, virtual reality, rainbows

Mel Darlington