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Energy and Passion

These are the two words that describe Diana the most in her surveys, and it’s what her clients feel and bring back to their companies, after she speaks and connects with them. Diana brings her clients and audiences in so that they feel like they belong, that they are included, that they can bring their entire selves to any environment, and that they can RISE above any circumstance. She is an example of how great leaders lead.

Diana is a highly sought after international keynote speaker, consultant and corporate coach.

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Meet Diana

Diana helps women leaders overcome challenges to become confident advocates for themselves – in their communities & workplaces. She also has helped organizations like the NBA D-League, the LPGA, Nike, Owens Corning, and Sandata inthe areas of Leadership Development and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI).

Now, Diana uses her Rise Advocates® movement, to help professional women gain the confidence to overcome their personal challenges, use their voice to advocate for themselves, and and for DEI in their workplaces through her Rise Advocates® Academy and her Rise with Diana consulting services and professional speaking to organizations. Diana also created the Head Full of Dreams mentoring program for young girls and is a Voicoever artist.

Diana is married with two adult kids, and has written two
books – Inspiration in My Shoes and This Yogi’s Journey.


Inspiration in My Shoes

Inspiration in My Shoes shares the monumental experience of a biracial young girl’s journey through abuse, racism, and heartache. It is a riveting read that proves no barrier is too high, no obstacle is too great, and that inspiration comes in many surprising forms., Diana overcomes unthinkable tragedy before molding her experience into an opportunity to connect with others.

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This Yogi’s Journey

Diana Patton’s journey is everyone’s journey – to live out their dreams, experience a life of peace and joy in a body that is mobile and strong, surrounded by those we love, serving others along the way. This Yogi’s Journey offers inspiration, wisdom, and life lessons through the lens of Diana Patton’s own extraordinary journey.

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Client Love

Working with Diana was a game-changer for our organization.

She brought her authentic self during our first in-person meeting and continued to do so in every session thereafter. This established a sense of trust and a foundation for the culture building work ahead. Diana challenged us to keep DEI top of mind, but she also provided the tools that have now set us up to make a greater societal impact through our Changing the Face of Golf movement.

Laura Diaz, Senior Director of Community and Inclusion at the LPGA

Diana is one of the best speakers I’ve ever seen.

She is so engaging and so dynamic. I’ve never seen anyone involve her audience and keep their attention in a more intimate way than she does. Her stories resonate. She is relatable. Her personal journey is part of the unique connection she makes with her audience. Diana is a wonderful asset to our Toledo community. The more people that have the opportunity to listen to her and to learn from her, the better any community would be.

Wade Kapszukiewicz, Mayor of the City of Toledo, Ohio

Diana did a phenomenal job keynoting our Go Red for Women Luncheon virtual event. She really connected with our audience by taking a personal approach – it seemed like Diana was talking one-on-one with you. I received so many calls and emails from attendees that said “they didn’t want the event to end.”. Diana pulls from her own personal experiences to inspire audiences, and provides participants with a few takeaways they can implement in their everyday lives

Elizabeth Lewis, Former Director of the American Heart Association’s, Social Programs

Diana was spectacular as usual – inspirational, motivational, and gave our students incredible keys to move on in their future. 

Main Keynote Speaker at the 39th Annual Toledo Excel conference 

David Young, Director of University of Toledo’s Toledo Excel

“Diana supported the staff and Community Health Workers with leadership development and diversity, equity and inclusion. Diana is an advocate, public speaker, she’s inspirational and deeply committed to community, and to creating equity, promoting diversity and helping all of us look at ourselves, accept who we are, and find ways to meet our goals while engaging and supporting others. I encourage you to sign-up for her events and Rise Advocates Academy.”

Jan Ruma, President and CEO of the CEO of the Pathways Community HUB Institute

We provided life skills to the best youth boys and girls in all of Canada through the first of its kind dual-performance: Basketball and life skills development camps for the Nike Men’s and Women’s All Canada Camp. I’d like to think that we had a profound impact on why basketball has grown exponentially in Canada over the past 20 years. The Toronto Raptors winning the 2019 Championship was a testament of the early groundwork you and I did to make basketball the country’s fastest growing sport. Hat’s off to you and your work Diana.

Kevin Carr, CEO and Founder of Pro2CEO, and former Vice President of Social Responsibility and Player Programs for the National Basketball Association and NBA Development League.