096: Creating an Inclusive Business Culture, Danei Cesario, SOM & Founder of WALLEN + daub (part 2)

Welcome to part two of our conversation with Danei Cesario, architect and project manager at SOM and founder of WALLEN + daub.

Danei is the 333rd black female architect in American history. Hailing from Manchester, England, she became enamored at an early age with New York City’s intricacies + architectural prestige. She is an internationally licensed architect, project manager, + public speaker. Equipped with exceptional communication and organizational skills, she thrives in both team-oriented and self-directed environments, diligently managing design from parti to post-occupancy. She is currently an Associate at SOM, leading dynamic mixed-use development, healthcare + wellness projects.

Danei served as Chair of AIA New York’s Diversity & Inclusion Committee for over five years. Currently, she serves on the AIA New York State Board, representing nearly 10,000 members across 13 chapters. She is a contributor/ambassador to organizations such as the United Nations, the Beverly Willis Architecture Foundation, Parlour, Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust and nycobaNOMA Executive Board. As a core member of these groups, Danei is dedicated to fostering Mentorship, Sponsorship and Leadership among the diverse design community as they navigate their careers within architecture and beyond. She founded WALLEN + daub to expand on these principles.

In this episode you will learn:
– How businesses can create a working environment that includes and welcomes
– What to do when you feel like quitting and how being a ‘career cinderella’ can craft a fulfilling long lasting career
– The career benefits of working in larger practices


Discovery Call with Rion

WALLEN + daub

Skidmore Owings and Merrill




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