Dynamic Leaders with Colin Cerniglia; Episode 51: From Small Town to Big-Time Softball with Dani Fey

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On today's episode of the Dynamic Leaders podcast, Colin is joined by Dani Fey. Dani plays for the Penn State Nittany Lions softball team. The rising junior is a Broadcast Journalism major and she came to Penn State after starring for Bangor High School. She helped her team to a Sweet 16 appearance in her junior season and the Final Four in her senior campaign where she was named first-team, All-State.

Topics include: Dani's Who Are You segment (2:07), her athletic journey leading to Penn State (3:16), where she built the work-ethic that helped her land in D-1 softball (7:31), her process for giving up other sports later in high school to specialize in softball (10:15), the transition from being All-State in high school to just another player in college (12:23), what the culture was like when she first arrived in the softball program (15:19), how she works to overcome failure on the field and in life (19:11), balancing her focus to be successful versus not missing out (22:30), why the community aspect of what you do is so vital (26:35), what goals she has for herself and the team over the course of her final two years at Penn State (29:45), what leadership means to her and how she wants to lead the softball program (34:13), advice for navigating the high school softball recruiting process (37:56), why Lauren Chamberlain is a role model and what confidence and independence mean to female athletes (41:44), how learning about analytics is impacting her softball career (48:23), they chat about the leadership pillar motivation (56:34), and who a Dynamic Leader is in her life (58:39).

Get in Touch with Dani:

  • Instagram: @danifey_6

  • Twitter: @danifey_6

Learn More About Penn State Softball:


  • Intro Music: The Boys of Summer - The Ataris (September 8, 2003)

  • "Who Are You" Segment: Who Are You - The Who (August 1978)

  • Outro Music: Take It Easy - Eagles (Live: July 27, 1980 - Santa Monica, CA)


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