Danielle Green

Danielle Green

Danielle Green is a former college athlete and US Army veteran who while on duty in Iraq was injured by a rocket-propelled grenade causing her to lose her dominant left arm. Through storytelling, she inspires audiences to lead with tenacity, find purpose amidst adversity, and leave their mark on the world.


  • Motivation & Inspiration
  • Leadership
  • Veteran Affairs
  • Disability Awareness
  • Women’s Empowerment
  • Resilience
  • Storytelling


Danielle Green is a Chicago Southside native and former Notre Dame scholarship basketball player. Shortly after college, she enlisted in the U.S. Army and deployed to Iraq. In 2004, while patrolling on a 115-degree rooftop in Baghdad, Iraq, she was injured by a rocket-propelled grenade causing her to lose her dominant left arm. She was awarded the Purple Heart for wounds sustained in combat. She had to re-learn how to do almost everything, reinvent herself, and find a new purpose.

After eight months of occupational therapy, Danielle returned to Chicago to complete a master’s degree in counseling from Saint Xavier University. She embarked on a career with the Chicago Board of Education and continued with a career with the Department of Veterans Affairs. She has counseled warriors in mental health, aided in veterans’ transition to civilian life, and now travels the country to share her powerful story as a spokesperson with the Wounded Warrior Project in the hope that more veterans will reach out for the help they need.

Danielle was recognized for her service when she received the Pat Tillman Award for Service at the 2015 ESPY Awards. Danielle has also been the featured speaker on multiple occasions at the U.S. White House.



Life’s unexpected turns can shatter our plans and dreams, challenging our resilience in unforeseen ways. We have goals and dreams, but then unexpected events change those plans’ trajectory. Danielle Green believes that adversity is an opportunity to triumph, and the journey to the other side is how we build resilience.

Danielle’s life has been a testament to overcoming adversity. She emerged from the inner city of Chicago to play basketball at the University of Notre Dame. While serving in the Army, patrolling on a rooftop in Baghdad, Iraq, she faced a defining moment. A rocket-propelled grenade separated her dominant left arm, forcing her to relearn life as she knew it, and discover a new purpose. Through stories, Danielle Green shares invaluable life lessons and insights about grit, perseverance, and the ability to redefine oneself. Danielle’s journey inspires individuals to embrace resilience-building skills, empowering them to live life to its fullest, despite adversities.

  • Build resilience when faced with unexpected setbacks and challenges to achieve goals and personal growth,
  • Discover the benefits of optimism through self-awareness, self-reflection, and self-compassion; and
  • Explore cognitive thinking and emotions to build resilience, re-create identity and find purpose

Speaker Resources


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In-Person AV Needs (PDF)
Speaking Introduction (PDF)