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Danae Johnson Associate
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Danae is a dedicated Certified Executive Coach (CEC), engaging facilitator and culture transformation catalyst with over 20 years of experience in human resource leadership and business management. She is the owner of Thinking Partners, and an associate of Berlin Eaton.

Levering her management and leadership expertise, executive coaching experience, a degree in Communications and her proven track record as a Certified Human Resource Professional (CHRP), Danae partners with leaders and organizations to build greater leadership capacity, create strategic change, and improve performance and business results in the profit and non-profit sectors.

Q and A with Danae Johnson

Q.  What did you “want to be” when you grew up? 

A marine biologist. I’ve always been fascinated with the ocean and the world within. From  six months old, I've spent time each year in a rustic area of the Sunshine Coast looking under rocks, fishing, digging for clams and curiously observing all types of sea life to learn, understand and protect this amazing part of our world. As a teenager, I had the opportunity to do a work experience project at the Vancouver Aquarium which was also amazing. 

Eventually I realized I was less of a biologist and more of a humanist and continue to relentlessly turn over rocks with clients to reveal new possibilities, beliefs and patterns impacting leadership presence and organizational culture. 

Q.  When you bump into someone from high school, how do you explain what you do in your work?

I work with leaders to create positive change, greater fulfillment, and vibrant organizational culture for their teams. If they look at me slightly confused, then I say that I have a background in human resources, and work as a consultant with progressive organizations. 

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Q and A with Danae Johnson

Q.  What did you “want to be” when you grew up? 

A marine biologist. I’ve always been fascinated with the ocean and the world within. From six months old, I’ve spent time each year in a rustic area of the Sunshine Coast looking under rocks, fishing, digging for clams and curiously observing all types of sea life to learn, understand and protect this amazing part of our world. As a teenager, I had the opportunity to do a work experience project at the Vancouver Aquarium which was also amazing. 

Eventually I realized I was less of a biologist and more of a humanist and continue to relentlessly turn over rocks with clients to reveal new possibilities, beliefs and patterns impacting leadership presence and organizational culture. 

Q.  When you bump into someone from high school, how do you explain what you do in your work?

I work with leaders to create positive change, greater fulfillment, and vibrant organizational culture for their teams. If they look at me slightly confused, then I say that I have a background in human resources, and work as a consultant with progressive organizations. 

Q.  What does Berlineaton’s vision of “a world of courageous endeavours” mean to you?

The world is increasingly complex and chaotic and therefore change and growth is not for the faint of heart. Leadership – personally and professionally – takes an immense amount of courage. Berlineaton creates an invitation to this in all that they do. 

Q.  What is the scariest thing you’ve ever done?

I left an amazing job as a vice president with a company I’d been with for over 11 years to start my own business. Best thing I've done but also the hardest. I feel very lucky to be doing the kind of work that I do with the amazing people I get to work with every day as a result. 

Q.  What does it mean to “be bold” in a workplace?

To be truly authentic as yourself. To challenge your beliefs and those of others, as well as the status quo and strive for something greater. 

Q.  Running, yoga, karate or something entirely different?

Anything outside - hiking, snowshoeing, paddle boarding, cycling.

Q.  What is your favourite quote?

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”
-Marianne Williamson (often associated with Nelson Mandela who memorably used this in his Inauguration speech in 1994)

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