President and Founder


Danielle Y. Hairston Green, Ph.D., CFCS-HDFS


Danielle Y. Hairston Green holds a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership from Prairie View A&M University, a Master’s Degree in Community Psychology & Social Change and a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Penn State University. Dr. Hairston Green is also nationally certified in Human Development and Family Studies. 

She is currently the Director for the Human Development and Relationships Institute with the University of Wisconsin Madison in the Division of Extension. Danielle has also worked as a graduate school professor, a  statewide extension specialist, project manager, adolescent health educator, and prevention specialist with various private and public sectors. Danielle’s most current research examines the frequency and level of distress associated with Microagression among students at a Historically Black University (HBCU) and the impact of food insecurity and homelessness among college students at an HBCU.  


Contact Dr. Hairston Green to speak at your upcoming event, conference or program. Here are a few of her signature talks:

Under 40 Grams

Research shows that healthy relationships between grandparents and grandchildren is associated with fewer symptoms of depression for both generations. The relationship is considered second in emotional importance only to the relationship between a parent and child (Pilemer, 2013). Studies also show that grandparents are becoming younger and younger, experiencing their first grandchild before the age of 40, which could be an added benefit because the two things that young grandparents and there grandchildren have in common is energy and social media. This talk will share five core reasons why grandparents matter more than ever and how social media/technology has a positive impact on those relationships. 

Laughter and Latte


Did you know that 10-15 minutes of laughter a day can burn up to 40 calories (Vanderbilt University) and that a sense of humor can protect against heart disease (University of Maryland)? Additionally, several academic studies suggest that regular coffee drinkers live longer than those who do not drink any (O’keefe, DiNicolantonio & Lavie). I was raised by a single mother who worked in a white male dominated career as a Pennsylvania state trooper. She was among a very few African American officers and the only African American Female in her academy training. She dealt with racism within the ranks and the community, domestic violence, substance abuse, and chronic diseases. Throughout her 25-year career and 59 years on this earth, two things were consistent with her ability to be resilient; her laughter, and her joy of storytelling, which included hours of porch time and hot coffee. This talk explores lessons learned through my mother’s storytelling and my journey to finding joy in my life and workplace through laughter and a cup of coffee while sharing five tips that could help others find joy purposefully. 

C5E: Soft Skill Development for Early Career Success

Colleges and Universities across the country are charged with preparing college students for leadership and career opportunities within various industries all over the world. Many institutions have failed to live up to that charge which, consequently, decreases a recent college graduates competitiveness for opportunities within their respective careers. This presentation will explore what current leaders perceive to be the value of specific soft skills among our recent graduates, their self perceived competence of those skills, and explore the platforms that were available to the industry leaders that assisted them with developing those skills which supported early career success in their careers. This talk will also discuss the conceptual framework C5E. 


"Your GRAMS presentation  was both meaningful and entertaining." Cathy, WI

"Your transparency and genuine love and career for us to be better and do better was very evident." Kamili, TX

"Thanks for bringing so much sunshine to our group. Your mention of the roots, bamboo trees, and growth process was right on target for all of us." Karen, WI


Tyrell Q. Hairston Green


Outreach Program Manager

Malicke D. Parham, MSOD


Parent Outreach Educator

Craig R. Hairston Green, Jr.


Domonique L. Green

Domonique Green

Graphic Design and Marketing Specialist


Michele A. Hairston


Hip Hop Historian and Youth Advocate