Danea Horn went into college thinking she would be a philosophy major to build on some of her most treasured conversations with her father. However, she came out of college with a B.S. degree in Mathematics and Economics from the University of Redlands. She enjoyed a successful career in corporate finance, where she served in associate and management roles, received multiple promotions and was voted Employee of the Year by Corman Leigh Communities.
While managing her corporate career, Danea was also managing chronic kidney disease and chronic restrictive lung disease. Both are side effects of VATER Association, a rare birth disorder that affects six systems in the body. Danea underwent ten surgeries before the age of two. Her diagnosis was described by Doctor Hardy Hendren of Boston Children's Hospital as one of "nature's worst malformations." From that dicey beginning, Danea has had to continually redefine what “being positive” means. In her view, it has very little to do with “just looking on the bright side of life.” It’s much more about acknowledging the truth, taking action and letting your experiences become catalysts for growth.
Danea took the lessons learned during her years in Corporate Finance and her health challenges and performed a career 180 to become a speaker, author and certified life coach. She is trained through the Baraka Institute, an International Coach Federation accredited program. Her educational background also includes graduate coursework in public health education.
Danea created the popular website Creative Affirmations, a comprehensive resource for developing an authentic positive attitude and achieving goals. She has been featured in or written articles for: Goodness Magazine, RenaLife Magazine, CrazySexyLife.com, GirlsOnTheGrid.com, BizyMoms.com, MontysCorner.com and PortlandonFire.com.
Her presentation clients include The Portland Trail Blazers, The Tiffany and Company Unit of Mary Kay Inc., The Association for Accountants and Financial Professionals, and The Entrepreneurs’ Organization. Danea recently contributed a chapter to the book: If Only...Life Lessons Learned through the Baraka Institute.
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