Daneen Durr

Daneen Durr

Senior Technical Project Manager


AT&T

Milestones

Milestones

My road in life took a while to figure out.
Opted not to pursue a PhD in mathematics, but explore the corporate world.
Spent way too many years as a Chief of Staff (with no upward movement in sight).
Accepted a skills pivot assignment in the technical project management arena. I was scared to death!
Decided to be open to change and embrace new learnings. I absolutely love my new position.
Keep following my journey
Education

Education

highschool
High School
Osceola High School
undergrad
Bachelor
Mathematics, General
Tuskegee University
graduate
Graduate
Computational and Applied Mathematics
Clark Atlanta University
doctorate
Doctorate
Business Administration and Management, General
Kennesaw State University
certification
Certification/License
Business Administration and Management, General
Kennesaw State University
certification
Certification/License
Six Sigma
Kennesaw State University
Career

Career

Senior Technical Project Manager

I project manage the installation of backup networks for use by First Responders and public safety personnel.

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Non-Profit Organizations
Non-Profit Organizations
Technology
Technology
Helping People
Helping People

Day to Day

A typical day for me involves checking my calendar for any meetings and conferences; skimming email for any urgent requests; preparing for all upcoming conference calls I own; following up with vendors, clients and peers on outstanding issues; and documenting progress of all open projects.

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

Volunteering as a committee chairperson for an outside organization; keeping abreast of the latest technologies by reading tech magazines; planning an event from start to finish.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for college students

Always try to secure a summer internship with the company and/or organization that does work which interests you -- not just one that pays well. This is your time to explore. Make sure that the career choice leaves you feeling excited and interested in what's next and that it provides a sense of purpose.

Recommended Education

My career is not related to what I studied. I'd recommend this path instead:

undergrad
Bachelor
Information Technology Project Management
Hurdles

Hurdles

The Noise I Shed

From Teachers:

"You should be an education major; black girls don't major in pure mathematics. I've never had 'one of you' in my class. You should really consider dropping this course. Why would you want to attend an HBCU (Historically Black Colleges and Universities)? "

Be true to yourself. Know you and know your potential self-worth. Hear the discouragement, understand why it hurts and repair the wound. You will never be able to move past the injury until you acknowledge and repair it.