Danialle Karmanos Biography
Danialle Karmanos is an American philanthropist, humanitarian, activist, and social entrepreneur. In 2017, she founded The Cuddlers, a volunteer-based movement started at Children’s Hospital of Michigan to cuddle and comfort hospitalized infants and children.
Danialle Karmanos Age
Danialle Karmanos was born on May 10, 1973, in Garden City, Michigan United States. She is 46 years old as of 2019.
Danialle Karmanos Net wroth
Danialle Karmanos earns her income from her businesses and other related organizations. She also earns her income from work as a philanthropist, humanitarian, activist, and social entrepreneur. She also earns her income from the Awards industry. She has an estimated net worth $4 million dollars.
Danialle Karmanos Education
Danialle Karmanos attended Fairlane Christian High School in Dearborn Heights, Michigan before graduating from Dearborn High School. While attending Fairlane Christian, she was honored by the Daughters of the American Revolution and Who’s Who Among American High School Students for written essays.
She played soccer on an academic scholarship at Lee University in Cleveland, Tennessee. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism, graduating with honors, from Wayne State University in 1999.
Danialle Karmanos Husband
Danialle Karmanos married Peter Karmanos Jr in 2005. Her husband Peter is the minority owner and chief executive officer of the Carolina Hurricanes and Florida Everblades hockey franchises. He served as their principal owner from 1994 to 2018. He owned the Plymouth Whalers junior hockey club from its establishment in 1990 until 2015.
Danialle Karmanos Humanitarian, activist and social entrepreneur
Danialle Karmanos and her husband, Peter Karmanos Jr., established the Karmanos Center for Natural Birth at William Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, Michigan in 2015. The Karmanos Center for Natural Birth offers a supportive, home-like environment for expectant mothers looking for a safe, natural childbirth experience with leading training and research.
In 2005, Karmanos founded Danialle Karmanos Work It Out (DKWIO), which, in partnership with the Children’s Hospital of Michigan, uses a social-emotional learning-based approach to promote optimum health in mind, body, and spirit through a comprehensive nutritional and yoga-based approach that reduces anxiety, prevents childhood obesity, and increases self-esteem.
DKWIO can also boost academic performance and decrease bullying behaviors. Since its inception, DKWIO has worked with more than 10,000 children at a critical time of their development. She has been a mom’s columnist for Styleline Magazine and a guest blogger for Metromodemedia.com. She is the author of the hardcover book about her husband entitled, Pete Karmanos A Life in Progress.
She was elected to the Wayne State University Board of Governors and served from 2011 to 2013. She was named by Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm to serve on the Michigan Film Office Advisory Council in 2008. She serves on the board of trustees for the College for Creative Studies, Board of Directors for the Michigan Opera Theatre and board member and former Chair of the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit.
She is also a member of the Leadership Advisory Board of the A. Alfred Taubman Medical Research Institute at the University of Michigan and serves on the Board Development Committee of the Girl Scouts of Southeastern Michigan.
From 2002 to 2005, she produced and directed concept car reveals for North American International Auto Show. In 2006, she wrote, co-produced, and directed the award-winning “I Am Detroit” for Compuware Corporation. She was an auto show narrator for Acura from 1997 to 1999 and Chrysler Corporation from 1999 to 2002.
Danialle Karmanos Philanthropy
In addition to DKWIO and the Karmanos Center for Natural Childbirth, Karmanos and her husband have provided significant financial support to the Karmanos Cancer Institute in Detroit, Wayne State University’s journalism program, the College for Creative Studies, the Detroit Zoo, Alzheimer’s Association, Michigan Humane Society, Dutch Symphony Orchestra, Grace Centers of Hope, Girl Scouts of the USA and the Greek America Foundation.
Danialle Karmanos and Peter Karmanos Jr.
$1 Million Gift To College For Creative Studies in Detroit
One of America’s most philanthropic families has announced a $1 million gift to Detroit’s College for Creative Studies. Danialle and Peter Karmanos, Jr., philanthropists and metro Detroit community leaders are donating one million dollars to the College for Creative Studies (CCS) to support an endowment for its growing Fashion Accessories Design (FAD) program and aid in student scholarships.
Danialle and Peter are also chairing the 36th Detroit International Wine Auction to benefit CCS and their gift is a match to sponsorship dollars raised for the event. The couple has invested millions of dollars, along with their time and energy, supporting many causes specifically related to better health, better education and better living within the Detroit community particularly amongst young people.
They are also active in numerous Greek American community projects, including both serving as board members of the New York City-based Greek America Foundation, where they recently announced an endowed scholarship for students to study abroad in Greece. Danialle Karmanos, a CCS Trustee, and a philanthropist with an entrepreneurial spirit is the founder of the groundbreaking Danialle Karmanos Work It Out.
DKWIO uses a Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) approach, including yoga and education about healthy eating, and has helped over 10,000 children reduce anxiety, prevent obesity and increase self-esteem. She also founded the Karmanos Center for Natural Childbirth at Beaumont Hospital, a one-of-a-kind center that combines the comfort of natural home birth with the security of a medical setting.
Peter Karmanos, Jr. is the son of Greek immigrants and believes strongly in education as a tool for success. He is the founder of Detroit-based Compuware and served as CEO and executive chairman until his retirement in 2013. He is a visionary credited with sparking a downtown Detroit renaissance as the first CEO of a major corporation to move their headquarters downtown. Pete has been a major player in the comeback of Detroit as a world-class city.
His latest business venture is guiding and investing in businesses impacting metro Detroit’s economic landscape through his new enterprise, MadDog Technology as well as other investment vehicles. He also keeps his competitive juices flowing as the owner of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes. “Aki Choklat is a brilliant and creative innovator and CCS is lucky to have him,” said Danialle Karmanos.
“The Fashion Accessories Design department is an exciting new addition to CCS. Aki’s work is what inspired Pete and me to chair the Wine Auction this year and to engage our fashion-minded friends in the Greek American community, like John Varvatos and Tom Kartsotis, who are partly responsible for the auction’s success this year. We are proud to offer this gift and are excited to see it put to use.”
“Our Fashion Accessories Design program is breaking ground in terms of preparing students to work in the global fashion industry. This generous gift will help us recruit and support the most talented students from around the country and the world, and educate them to be the next generation of great designers,” said Professor Aki Choklat, Chair of Fashion Accessories Design at CCS.
“Detroit has a rich history of manufacturing and a brazen, creative spirit, and the Karmanos’ gift will help leverage that in new and exciting ways.” The Fashion Accessories Design program was developed in collaboration with Shinola and is the first and only of its kind in the Midwest.
The program educates students in the design and manufacture of products such as footwear, handbags, leather goods, and accessories hardware. It links strong creative development to the knowledge of manufacturing, trend forecasting, market research and merchandising for a comprehensive view of the industry. Fashion accessories design is a $51 billion business annually in the US alone.
Danialle Karmanos Awards and honors
In 2018, Karmanos received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from Hellenic American University. She has also received numerous awards for her community service, philanthropy, and contributions to the metropolitan Detroit community. She received the American Heart Association’s “Cor Vitae Award” for community service; The Matilda R. Wilson Award from Boys & Girls Clubs of Southeastern Michigan; the MBPA Women and Leadership’s
“Distinguished Leadership Award for Philanthropy;” and the Greater Wayne County Chapter of The Links’ “Innovator in Health and Wellness” award. In 2007, Karmanos was named to Crain’s Detroit Business’ “40 Under 40” list of young achievers in recognition of her career achievements. She has been featured in Hour Magazine’s Best-Dressed list.