Diana is a highly sought-after speaker who engages audiences with her real-life stories and inspirational messages about self-identity, self-care, and living a life that matters. Her subjects include Finding Your Why, Implementing a Care Strategy, Seven Steps to Stay Woke, Emotional Intelligence, and more.


Inspiration In My Shoes shares Diana’s monumental journey through abuse, racism, and heartache. It is a riveting read that proves no barrier is too high and no obstacle is too great. Diana’s story exemplifies both the struggles people face and how to transform those struggles into triumphs.


Diana helps organizations, schools, and boards of directors become more compassionate, empathetic, and collaborative. Her evidence-based practices foster environments where team members listen to one another and, ultimately, enhance productivity, business outcomes, and educational success.

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To effectively teach students how to care about themselves and for others, educators must first practice personal self-care.

Diana Patton believes that each student’s physical, emotional, social, and character development needs are educational priorities. Through RISE, she shows educators at all levels how to create caring school environments.



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Diana Patton is a recognized national speaker, presenting talks to organizations and women’s groups on identity, improving self-image, and leading personal change. An attorney and former business executive, she consults with companies large and small on their diversity efforts and improving employee engagement.


What Audiences Are Saying

I have never been more moved than I was listening to Diana Patton share her story. She inspired me and my entire staff to focus on being the difference in the lives of children. Her presentation is a must-see for anyone who comes in contact with school-aged students. She will make you laugh, think, and even cry. Your organization will be a better place after hearing her speak, and she will leave you with how to impact the lives of children and make the world a better place.”

Francis Scruci, Superintendent
Bowling Green City Schools


 Diana spoke to a group of students who needed to be spoken to.  Her story was inspirational.  I can’t thank Diana enough for the energy she brought to the audience.  It is difficult to find someone who can appeal to a variety of ages, but Diana certainly did that—and did it well. 

Stephanie A. Williams, Principal,
Lima Central Catholic High School


Diana has come in and worked with several of my teams over the years, and she is truly one of the most inspirational people. She really knows how to jump right in with a team and find their needs, strengths, and what they need to develop. Diana has a passion that resonates when she speaks to teams and challenges them to be more than just a team—she challenges them to be leaders with each other and in the community.

Tandy Bradford, Coach and Assistant Athletic Director
St. Ursula Academy


Diana is definitely a dynamic presenter and has a way to catch—and keep—an audience’s attention. As a participant, the information covered made me ask myself some difficult questions and kept me thinking long after the presentation was over.

Jodi M. Kruse, AVP Training Manager
First Federal Bank


Diana is such a POWERHOUSE and PHENOMENAL WOMAN! She has a gift of knowledge to share with up-and-coming leaders! She is so appreciated!

Evelyn McKinney, Manager
United Way of Greater Toledo


Diana’s thoughtful approach to sensitive and unsettling subjects reveals a person who considers the weight of words and the gravity of trust.

Will Lucas, Curator


We were privileged and honored to have Diana Patton as our commencement speaker. I have attended nearly 20 graduations and never was there a reaction to the commencement speaker as on that day. Diana spoke on the relentless pursuit to “discover your why.” Not only was there a message for our students, but for all in attendance. Diana’s address provided navigation assistance for students, faculty, and guests.

Mitch Howard, Dean
Brown Mackie College