With my creativity, I can do all things! – Dasanj Aberdeen
Hi, I’m Dasanj! Welcome!
I created this site for those of you who have multiple interests and aspire to design a sustainable and fulfilling life, doing all the things you love!
Before college, I was conflicted with choosing to pursue business or art. I felt the societal pressure to choose “one thing,” even if I couldn’t imagine life without both business and art.
I gave in to that pressure and concentrated on business, thinking I would get back to art at some point. But as time went on, actively using my creative muscles was more and more in the past. I avoided addressing this until I couldn’t ignore it any longer.
I pivoted from a career in audit to consulting and realized there is no guide book for solving clients’ unique challenges. So I rolled up my sleeves and used my creativity, interdisciplinary experience and skills to my advantage. This is when everything changed and my value-add became clear.
I’m so glad I didn’t feel compelled to stick with the “one thing” I chose and followed my intrinsic needs, letting my interests and skills guide my course.
This made me more resilient, adaptable, agile and innovative, as I connect the dots between seemingly unrelated things and work at the intersection of different fields.
Why should this matter to you?
The modern economy is dynamic and fast – it is constantly changing. The greatest challenge for people and businesses is to quickly respond to market changes, embrace uncertainty, and do new things to achieve sustainable success.
This impacts everyone, including you. Everyone should be aware of this and know how to navigate it. I want to help with this and share what I learn. While doing so, I hope to accomplish two things:
- Inspire people with multiple interests and skills to integrate them into a sustainable and fulfilling lifestyle
- Generate awareness about the value of interdisciplinary education and approaches in today’s uncertain times
This is why I explore and promote the value of interdisciplinary education, approaches and pursuits in business and life. I want you to have the same tools and tactics I use so you can better navigate modern times and the future.
How do I put this into practice?
I learned how to best use my diverse interests and skills by taking risks (career pivots), through practice (consulting to Fortune 100 companies) and by applying my interdisciplinary education.
I am still learning and won’t claim to know everything. But I do know what I do really well. Here are 3 things:
Superpower #1 – Helping people generate new ideas, embrace creativity and think outside the box. I studied art, had exhibits for my drawings and paintings and won numerous awards. I use the right side of my brain to help people think up new products, services, and business models with creative problem-solving.
Superpower #2 – Helping people take action on their ideas and innovate. I’ve successfully led and directed complex projects from beginning to end for Fortune 100 companies in product management and project management roles. I collaborate with interdisciplinary teams to make ideas happen and deliver at scale.
Superpower #3 – Helping people communicate their vision, generate support around their ideas and gain influence. I’ve created compelling content for my blogs and other outlets, built online communities and designed strategic communication for Fortune 100 executives to successfully pitch new products and secure funding. I create content that inspires people to take action and engage.
Dasanj Aberdeen is a consultant, creator, mentor and champion of interdisciplinary education and pursuits.
With an eclectic mix of experience across functions and industries, Dasanj strives to bridge the gap between strategy, creativity, technology and innovation. She built her career around interdisciplinary education and practice, advising clients in transforming their organizations across areas of technology modernization and innovation, strategy, customer experience, and enterprise operations. As an agile product management leader, she advises on product strategy, design, delivery, management, and digital transformations. She guides clients on shaping the future of their business to accelerate digital transformation, customer experience, and value creation with new products, services and business models.
In an effort to extend her mentoring reach, Dasanj democratizes knowledge and promotes inclusivity with the use of technology. Her life-long goal is to lead at the intersection of multiple disciplines to generate innovative ideas and solutions that improve lives.
Dasanj is a Certified SAFe® 5 Agilist, Certified Scrum Product Owner® (CSPO) and Project Management Professional (PMP)®
Dasanj is a graduate of The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and Temple University with a concentration in Technology & Innovation Management, jointly delivered by the Fox School of Business and College of Engineering.
More About Me
I was born and grew up in Grenada.
I love art and Van Gogh is one of my favorite artists. I enjoy drawing and painting. See some of my artwork here.
I like photography as another form of creative expression. My faithful Canon camera travels with me just about anywhere I can take it. See some of my photography here.
I speak French and j’adore Paris! I began learning French in middle school and earned a Language Certificate in French in college.
I love traveling in general, especially immersing myself with the local people and culture.
One of my favorite trips with nature views was to Banff! Read about it here.
I love nature and Yosemite was another amazing adventure. It was an overwhelming and humbling reminder about how majestic nature is.
I enjoy unplanned experiences and adventures.
I’m a continuous learner and researcher.
I love a good quote and anything that brings inspiration and motivation.
When life gives me my own lessons, I try to capture and pass them along. Hopefully it is beneficial to others! Mentoring, coaching and content creation help me pass my lessons along. Learn more about my mentoring and coaching here.
As someone with multiple interests and who appreciates interdisciplinary approaches, it was a beautiful day when I found a graduate program that allowed me to pursue my interests in Strategy + Creativity + Innovation + Technology + Entrepreneurship all at once!