Danielle Masanoff ’11 came to Whitman from Parkland, Florida, ready to conquer college. She triple majored in supply chain management; marketing management; and entrepreneurship and emerging enterprises at Whitman. She went on to obtain a master’s in project management at Drexel University. Today, Masanoff lives in Denver, where she works as a senior logistics analyst for Lockheed Martin. In this role, she identifies inefficiencies and implements continuous process improvements in all areas related to logistics and supply chain management. Additionally, she ensures on-time purchasing and final product deliveries to end customers.
Danielle was recently featured as a “Five Under Five” alumna in the Whitman magazine. This regular column shares five questions and answers with a Whitman alum who graduated from the School within the last five years.
Q. How did Whitman help prepare you to meet the responsibilities of your position?
Applying my supply chain and various business courses has enhanced my business and leadership skills. These skills have allowed me to easily determine process improvements in all areas of logistics. The changes I have implemented have saved the corporation millions of dollars.
Q. Were there courses or professors you have come to realize were especially beneficial?
Green Supply Chain; Imagination, Entrepreneurship & Creative Problem Solving; as well as Strategic and Entrepreneurial Management helped strengthen and apply my creativity within numerous business environments. The knowledge and skills learned from those courses make it easy for me to establish various operational improvements. Professors Alejandro Amezcua and Patrick Penfield challenged me to think outside the box and exposed me to hands-on business practices.
Q. Where would you like to be professionally in 10 years?
I want to continue to make positive changes in the environment, improve processes and make a difference not only in the company I work for but also in the lives of people I encounter. Ideally, I would like to start utilizing my marketing and creative sides in concert with my knowledge in logistics.
Q. If you weren’t working in your current profession, what other career might you pursue?
I’m an outdoor enthusiast and a traveler who has a strong passion for creative design. I would like to capture the unique areas I have visited through different mediums of design and imagery to allow others to experience the beauty of the world around them through different perspectives.
Q. What’s your advice for current Whitman students?
Show up and be attentive; you only have one chance…but remember to have fun. Take the classes with the best professors, no matter what time they are. Try a class you may not normally take outside your curriculum, such as painting or fencing. Join clubs and sports and do things beyond your comfort zone; you may surprise yourself.