Danette Makaila realized the hardest part about success was making the decision to succeed. So, at age thirteen, Danette published her first book Success is A Decision™ - an interactive 365-day journey designed to help youth reach their dreams, one day at a time. Then, at age 15, Danette wrote her second book Success Takes Action™ - currently available as a homestudy course at Youth Success Academy™.
*Youth Success Academy is an online institution filled with products and programs that promote youth success; and includes the highly acclaimed Bookbag Entrepreneur Club™ - an amazing program for young entrepreneurs around the world.
Danette Makaila is a highly sought- after national “youth empowerment” speaker who loves sharing her story to awaken a young person’s dreams; planting seeds to motivate a young person’s actions; and spreading star dust to empower them to believe! Onstage and over the airwaves, Danette’s fun-loving style captivates the attention of both young and seasoned listeners. Her audiences describe her as “amazing“, “an inspiration“, “a great role model“, “exactly what other young people need to hear“.
Some of Danette's speaking highlights include, keynoting at Old Dominion University, Virginia State University, Norfolk State University, George Wythe High School, Operation Military Kids, Empower More Youth Conference, Glazer/Kennedy Super Conference-Youth Entrepreneurs, ESBN Youth Conference, Heart-2-Heart Mother/Daughter Retreat, “I Love Me” Lock-in, Delta Gems, Future Entrepreneurs Club.
After years of dressing her Barbie dolls, drawing lopsided pictures in her notebook and designing tiny masterpieces on her Harumika mannequins - Danette Makaila made her first fashion debut at age 14, when she won a Teen Fashion Design Challenge. After seeing her winning dress on the runway of Charlotte Fashion Week, Danette was inspired to create a full collection. At age 15, her designer hair bow’s graced the runway at New York Fashion Week. Then later in 2013, Danette expanded her hair bow collection to include matching shorts, which she launched at Cuties on the Runway – for kids and Curves on the Runway – for teens.
As Danette’s love for fashion continued to grow, she could not wait to bring bigger life to her childhood dreams. So at age 16, she transformed her design ideas and memories into PJ Style - her first complete clothing line for teen girls, which she showcased at Metro Style Fashion Show, New York Fashion Week, and Virginia Fashion Week.