About Me

My name is Dane. I help brands create better products and activate audiences through powerful, authentic storytelling.

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About Dane O’Leary

“I am a storyteller and problem solver, passionate about leveraging emerging technologies to create powerful customer experiences.”

My journey has taken me through roles — e.g. Digital Content Designer, Senior Brand Strategist, Associate Creative Director, and Principal UX Designer — at dynamic companies, allowing me to combine my skills in creative ideation and UX design with my mastery of brand development and product marketing.

I am a storyteller and problem solver, passionate about leveraging emerging technologies like generative AI (genAI) to revolutionize, streamline, and drive results.

My academic background extends from graphic design and psychology through journalism and anthropology, lending richness to my storytelling and creative direction.

When I’m not in the design studio, I’m studying physics and project management; following entertainment and gaming news; or participating in professional development workshops as an active member of the AIGA and the Association of Illustrators.

Clifton Strengths

Developed by Gallup, the CliftonStrengths assessment identifies a person’s unique strengths from 34 talent ‘themes’ divided between four categories, or “domains”: Executing, Influencing, Relationship Building, and Strategic Thinking.

  • Individualization
    Theme 1

    People exceptionally talented in the Individualization theme are intrigued by the unique qualities of each person. They have a gift for figuring out how different people can work together productively.

    Relationship Building

  • Learner
    Theme 2

    People exceptionally talented in the Learner theme have a great desire to learn and want to continuously improve. The process of learning, rather than the outcome, excites them.

    Strategic Thinking

  • Analytical
    Theme 3

    People exceptionally talented in the Analytical theme search for reasons and causes. They have the ability to think about all of the factors that might affect a situation.

    Strategic Thinking

  • Intellection
    Theme 4

    People exceptionally talented in the Intellection theme are characterized by their intellectual activity. They are introspective and appreciate intellectual discussions.

    Strategic Thinking

  • Maximizer
    Theme 5

    People exceptionally talented in the Maximizer theme focus on strengths as a way to stimulate personal and group excellence. They seek to transform something strong into something superb.

    Influencing

Enneagram Personality Test

Within the Enneagram framework, nine distinct personality types offer a unique lens through which individuals perceive the world and act upon their motivations.

Type 1
"The Perfectionist"

Idealistic and conscientious, and rooted in a strong sense of right and wrong, Type One prioritizes doing things “right” with discipline and determination, forfeiting instant gratification in favor of greater gains down the road. They excel at optimization and streamlining, but they may have difficulty with relaxation and accepting imperfections.

Strengths

Organized, efficient, hardworking, encourages the growth of others, values fairness, morally driven, independent

Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI)

The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) classifies every individual according to four dichotomies:

  • Extraversion versus introversion
  • Sensing versus intuition
  • Thinking versus feeling
  • Judging versus perceiving
INTJ-A
"The Architect"

According to data, INTJs are “one of the rarest — and one of the most capable — personality types,” characterized as applying both creativity and rationality to everything they do.

Architects pride themselves on their curiosity and intellectual individuality. They’ve also got a knack for knowing when someone is being disingenuous.

However, Architects are prone to getting impatient with those who need (or prefer to take) more time.

Gemini... in the Workplace?

The dual-natured Gemini is versatile and adaptable, inherently curious with a thirst for learning. Likely to pick up on connections that others miss, Gemini brings innovative, outside-the-box thinking into the workplace.

Sociable in nature, Gemini builds rapport easily, which makes them great collaborators as well as highly effective at industry events.

Gemini injects creativity into every project, staying flexible without losing focus. This makes Gemini ideal for roles that require multi-tasking, negotiation, and managing simultaneous projects.