National Association of Professional Women Inducts Danielle Swanson, Writer, Into its VIP Professional Woman of the Year Circle

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Danielle Swanson is selected for her outstanding leadership and commitment within her profession

I began having seizures when I was 9 years old, and have seen how it has affected not only myself, but the people around me as well.

The National Association of Professional Women (NAPW) honors Danielle Swanson as a 2017-2018 inductee into its VIP Woman of the Year Circle. She is recognized with this prestigious distinction for leadership in entrepreneurship. NAPW is the nation’s leading networking organization exclusively for professional women, boasting more than 850,000 members, a thriving eChapter and over 200 operating Local Chapters.

“I’m pleased to welcome Danielle into this exceptional group of professional women,” said NAPW President Star Jones. “Her knowledge and experience in her industry are valuable assets to her company and community.”

After teaching yoga and mindfulness for about five years and then embarking on a second career in retail and studying for a degree to teach English as a second language, Danielle Swanson is now starting an ambitious project: writing a book. It will be based on her experiences living with epilepsy.

“I began having seizures when I was 9 years old, and have seen how it has affected not only myself, but the people around me as well,” she said. “There are not many stories about what that’s like for any of the above groups.”

Ms. Swanson will incorporate what she has learned from teaching yoga and mindfulness into her book, and how those techniques have helped her deal with and manage her illness, particularly the seizures. While writing, she is combining the many skills she has honed in her various careers, including coaching and guiding, marketing and creativity, with her ability to provide hope, raise awareness and “share meaningful stories in an engaging (but not-too-serious) way.”

“I find that getting to know people, making connections with complete strangers and hopefully making them smile or laugh (when appropriate) is very rewarding in all the work that I have done,” said Ms. Swanson. “But perhaps most of all, the most rewarding thing for me is how much I learn and grow from these experiences.”

Ms. Swanson hopes her book will help start a much-needed conversation about epilepsy. She plans to complete and publish it by the summer of 2018 and “have it become a New York Times best seller.” Other future plans include “becoming a Certified Energy Healer, traveling to at least two countries that I’ve never visited before and winning first place in a ballroom dancing competition.”

“From facing challenging situations to challenging people, and even from the more pleasant experiences, I choose to use those opportunities to become a better person myself, and that is the most rewarding for me,” adds Ms. Swanson.

Bachelor of Arts, New York University, Italian Language, Culture & Society, Studio Art

About NAPW
NAPW’s mission is to provide an exclusive, highly advanced networking forum to successful women executives, professionals and entrepreneurs where they can aspire, connect and achieve. Through innovative resources, unique tools and progressive benefits, professional women interact, exchange ideas, advance their knowledge and empower each other.

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