Step Into Greatness



I teach and coach professionals how to leverage and grow their EQ so they can achieve excellence in their career and life.



I’m passionate about helping individuals grow their emotional intelligence to drive lasting change in both their careers and lives.

I’m currently a Senior Manager at Mavenlink, which is a cloud solution for professional services firms focused on the optimization of their resources. It integrates project management, collaboration and project accounting into one platform enabling visibility throughout the project lifecycle. My team supports prospective and existing clients in evaluating, implementing and adopting Mavenlink to drive predictable outcomes in their business. I’ve worked in the Software as a Service (SaaS) for nearly 20 years across Professional Services, Human Capital Management, Talent Acquisition and Health Care industries.  


I’ve enjoyed success, promotion after promotion and for a long time I felt as though something was holding me back. Something was preventing me from taking a monumental step or shift forward professionally and personally. 


My early childhood was unstable. I suffered a loss that left me feeling abandoned, ashamed and humiliated and I lived in an environment where the expression of difficult emotions was met with a lack of empathy. To cope, I shut down, hid and avoided my emotions. Living in a state of emotional unconsciousness, I created my own growth ceiling, endured a lot of suffering and lacked the ability to experience the joys of life. A colleague and now dear friend suggested therapy and shared the benefits he had personally gained through it. Eventually, I took his advice and got the courage to face my emotions and begin the journey to emotional awareness and intelligence. Many books, hours of therapy and years of professional and life lessons, I share my message to encourage others to be brave enough to face their emotions, easy-to-use tools and techniques that can be applied everyday so they can transform from emotional awareness into actionable emotional intelligence.




How to Use Emotions as Your Secret Sauce to Success

90% of what sets high performers apart from their peers is emotional intelligence (EI). Emotions left unaddressed or unrecognized impair our judgement and cognitive abilities. Research over the last 20 years confirms this and companies have developed training and programs to help professionals improve their EI. At the core of these is our emotions and our individual willingness or desire to address them will dictate the evolution of our EI. You could have all of the best training in the world however without self awareness and accountability, ones EI will always remain stagnant.


In this talk I’ll peel back the layers of EI and discuss how simple modifications to the way we think, speak and write can increase our EI and therefore lead to improved communication, productivity, confidence and focus.

Live Out Loud

How many of us are brave and facing our fears every day? Let’s be honest, a few of us. It’s scary and hard. I would also ask you, are you living out your dreams, fulfilling your passions and doing what you really want to? Living out your dreams and passions often means facing your biggest fears. I knew in my early 20’s that I wanted to be a speaker yet it took years of lessons in resilience, bravery, vulnerability, and curiosity to get to where I am now. It's been a journey. What’s holding you back? 


In this talk I’ll lay out a roadmap for finding your voice. I’ll teach you the steps and tools I used to get the courage to live out loud.

Purchasing Software Post Covid: Demonstrate Value to Buy

How often does one buy software over the course of their career? Once, twice, maybe three times. Now add to the mix that the COVID-19 pandemic has fundamentally shifted the way CEOs and CFOs invest in technology. Evaluating and purchasing software is daunting and without having experience it can be challenging to know where to start. It can also make or break your career. Many people fail to realize that they’re putting their reputation on the line to make a recommendation, ask for money and guarantee outcomes. Success is the only option, yet so many software purchases and implementations fail. 


In this talk I’ll take you through a step-by-step approach on how to evaluate software, navigate your organization to identify change management or friction points, and how to position and prepare yourself for success.




I offer approachable ways to develop and increase your EI. Once you’ve decided you’re ready to do the work, keep your efforts on your front burner and do it with help. It’s easy to go back to auto pilot. It takes repetition to change habits.


This is why coaching can be so helpful, serving as disruptors reminding you and helping you to change.


  • Accountability

  • Address Conflict

  • Practice inclusive language 

  • Create a culture of belonging

  • Empathy, mirroring and labeling 

  • Build a plan for software evaluations

  • Develop business case, ROI



Diana’s passion and knowledge of Emotional Intelligence (EI) is unparalleled. Her use of personal stories and connections help the listener to [reframe] their thoughts and embrace ALL emotions.

I would definitely listen to more of this topic or similar from Diana. She rocked it!! 

T. Johnson

Supervisory Logistics Management Specialist

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I had the pleasure of working with Diana as a speaker for The Complete Manager Makeover® – Transforming the Human in Human Resources® Inaugural Management Training Summit hosted by my firm. Her session on Emotional Intelligence was deep, thought provoking and transparent which is what we look for in our content, a connection to the Human element, Diana sure delivered!  She is a transparent leader and educator who I would recommend to any event planner.

Lisa Perez

Founder and CEO The Complete Manager Makeover & National Management Training Week

Diana takes us on a captivating journey and speaks with conviction on the topic of emotional intelligence. She offers practical and compelling advice in a fresh and professional manner, ebbing and flowing between scientific, creative, and sometimes personal point of views. Diana's own storytelling on her journey to emotional mastery keeps the attention of her viewers, and leaves us recognizing that our vulnerability is our strength, and harnessing the 'human' in business and in life is essential to our personal success.

Julia S. 

Senior Account Executive

Sharp, practical and deeply relatable. Diana will hit you between the eyes with the question: what are our emotions and what would happen if we really used them? Diana’s talk will leave you with a deeper appreciation of one of our greatest assets, our emotions. She established trust by being vulnerable to her audience and it was so refreshing. I felt smarter and more capable after digesting the concepts. It was fantastic and engaging. Diana is a diamond in the rough.

Ryan Christensen

Director, Latin America


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