Summit Spotlight:Dani Protivinsky

Doctor of Epidemiology, Consultant, Educator, Maker of the Magic

We are so excited that Dani is joining us at the 2021 Women of Influence Summit on Friday, September 17 to share the importance of consistency, especially when you are in the messy middle. To help you get to know Dani better check out her answers to our interview questions below:

What does a typical day look like for you?
Most days include working in my full-time role in Public Health as well as an educator at St. Cloud State University. I also work with many companies across the state of Minnesota in areas of worksite wellness and provide other consulting services like presentations, workforce analysis, and Health Promotion as a health consultant.

What is your favorite part of your job?
Every day is different, and I love that about my work. I get great variety and to work in a variety of sectors like the community, education, work industries and more. I also get to connect with wonderful individuals from all walks of life.

How do you spend your free time?
I enjoy spending my free time with close friends and family, our wonderful puppies Molly & Jillian, traveling, and learning new things that promote continued growth.

What’s on your summer reading list?
A few books on my summer reading list include but are not limited to:

  • The Infinite Game : Simon Sinek
  • Life Scale : Brian Solis
  • The Power of Mental Discipline : Ian Tuhovsky

How has Next Monday been of value to you and/or your career?
Next Monday has brought value to my life in so many ways. Participating in personal coaching or large group network programs are the perfect journey for self-discovery and growth. Being connected with a coach can provide understanding, perspective, and can help you uncover your true self and purpose. Through Next Monday, there is so much impact from the power of connection that women of this group bring together collectively. You are missing out, if you are not a part of this wonderful organization.  

What are you looking forward to at the Women of Influence Summit in September?
I am looking forward to seeing friends, colleagues, and this community of women come together to share stories and transformations that have changed lives. There is so much wisdom locked up in the stories that we often never tell. I am also looking forward to sharing my own journey on the stage with this wonderful group that paints the picture of overcoming, sacrifice, and determination as well as daily decisions that can help create the magic of change.

What are you hoping to share with fellow attendees at the Women of Influence Summit?
I hope to provide inspiration to those that may find themselves in the messy middle or one of life’s transitions and share my fearless approach to help create magic.

I hope to remind them to reflect on what they have also worked to overcome and how powerful that is.

What would you name the autobiography of your life?
The Rise to Success through Resiliency

What would you most like to tell yourself at age 18?
Remember to celebrate the wins.
Enjoy each chapter- your best life is just beyond your fear.

Where is the best place you’ve traveled to and why?
Bermuda : Best beaches and perfect place or a relaxing re-set

What is your favorite meal?
Waffles topped with fruit or chocolate strawberry crepes

How do you keep a healthy work-life balance?
Prioritize and allow yourself time to mentally check out to reduce burnout. Try to not over schedule and be sure to not spend too much time building a life rather than living it.

What’s the best gift you’ve ever received?
A baby girl, arriving early November.


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