Early in her professional career, Danielle Bagdzinski started down the path of public relations at large marketing firms, only to discover greater fulfillment with work that involved a local and personal connection. She shifted career paths and joined the Girl Scout family, first as public relations manager and then as distinguished events and fundraising manager for the Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore. During her time with the organization, Bagdzinski earned the council’s President’s Award in 2015 and its staff Above and Beyond award the year prior.
“Danielle was a great asset to Girl Scouts when she was an employee her,” said nominator Terri Peterson, Girl Scouts’ assistant finance director.” She puts her all into everything she is involved in.”
Bagdzinski is currently marketing coordinator for Cowan, Gunteski & Co., P.A. “As a one-woman marketing team, Danielle goes above and beyond to not only expand the firm’s marketing strategies, but also to increase her own knowledge base,” said nominator and co-worker Deborah Mathis, executive director, CG Healthcare Solutions. “She never backs down from a challenge and is consistently looking for ways to improve both herself and the firm. Her work ethic, dedication and heart shine through to everyone she meets.”
With a bachelor’s degree from the University of Minnesota and a master’s degree from Seton Hall University, Bagdzinski also understands the importance of giving back to the community. She coordinates events for the United Way, most notably the 2017 Day of Action. In that role, she recruited several members of her firm to beautify the outside of The Hope Center, a local non-profit. She is also a member of the Monmouth-Ocean Development Council and sat on the Girl Scouts 2017 Golf Classic Committee.
Outside of work and volunteering, Bagdzinski teaches Ballroom and Latin dance at a Toms River dance studio and is preparing to run a half marathon.