Founder and Board Chair
Danialle Karmanos is a philanthropist and community activist committed to driving positive change in Detroit. She is the founder of Danialle Karmanos’ Work It Out (DKWIO), a 501(c)(3) organization that fights childhood obesity by providing kids with tools needed to make healthy choices.
Danialle began her career at 19 as a sports intern at WDIV-TV. Within a few years, she was writing and producing daily newscasts and feature presentations for the international Chrysler Employee Network. She went on to become one of the Detroit area’s most sought-after freelance writers and the executive producer of numerous live events and video programs for several Fortune 500 clients.
In 2005, Danialle created DKWIO and she continues to build and manage the initiative. DKWIO uses a unique, yoga-based approach that boosts self-esteem through nutrition education and physical exercise. She created the curriculum to provide children with the added measure of confidence and optimism needed to exist and thrive amid the challenges of an urban environment. In 2012, DKWIO and the Detroit Medical Center’s Children’s Hospital of Michigan announced a partnership to expand Danialle’s highly successful program to schools throughout metropolitan Detroit.
As an award-winning writer, producer and director, Danialle was tapped by Governor Jennifer Granholm in 2008 to serve on the newly chartered Michigan Film Office Advisory Council. She also was elected to the Wayne State University Board of Governors in 2010, serves on the Board for the College of Creative Studies (CCS), and is a founding member and board member of the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD).
Danialle has received numerous awards for her community service, philanthropy and contributions to the metropolitan Detroit community. She has received the American Heart Association’s “Cor Vitae Award” for community service, the MBPA Women and Leadership’s “Distinguished Leadership Award for Philanthropy,” the Greater Wayne County Chapter of The Links, Inc. “Innovator in Health and Wellness” award, and was named to Crain’s Detroit Business “40 Under 40” list of young achievers in 2007 in recognition of her many achievements.
Danialle graduated from Wayne State University with honors in 1999 with a degree in journalism. She remains an avid athlete and has become a skilled amateur photographer. With the release of her book Pete Karmanos – A Life in Progress, she is now an author, as well as a lifestyle columnist for Styline Magazine. Danialle lives in the metropolitan Detroit area with her husband, Pete Karmanos, Jr., and their four sons Socrates, Leonidas, Spiros and Aristides.