Danielle Franklin is the Interim Executive Director of the East Bay for Women’s Initiative for Self Employment. She is also a former graduate (1996) of Women’s Initiative and Oakland native.  She had her skin & body care business for 11 years in downtown Oakland where she garnered a loyal clientele and managed a professional staff.

During that time, Danielle was recognized by San Francisco’s Mayor Willie Brown for Excellence in Entrepreneurship. Also, she was the honored candidate for Women’s Initiative  receiving  the United States Presidential Award for Microenterprise from the Clinton Administration and was featured as an expert in several national magazines.

In 2006, Danielle closed her business and went back to school, receiving her Bachelor’s of Science in Business Management from University of Phoenix while working at Kaiser Permanente. She then pursued and received her  Master’s of Science in Organizational Development from the University of San Francisco.  Danielle has worked over the past three years in business development with organizations such as Genentech, Stanford University and Kaiser Permanente. Danielle is a widow (it’s been 20 years) and has a daughter who recently graduated from San Francisco State and is pursuing Medical School in Cuba with the hopes of becoming a midwife.  Danielle loves hiking, cooking and enjoying life!

The Women’s Initiative for Self Employment is gearing up for their annual Woman Entrepreneur of the Year Awards Celebration. This event will raise much-needed funds to support the work of Women’s Initiative in the East Bay. Your attendance will make the dream of business ownership a reality for hundreds of high-potential, low-income women.