Speaking and Writing:  Diane enjoys offering presentations related to the themes of her books, Conversation–the Sacred Art: Practicing Presence in an Age of Distraction (SkyLight Paths , 2013) and Deepening Engagement: Essential Wisdom for Listening and Leading with Purpose, Meaning, and Joy (SkyLight Paths , 2015).

Teaching and Learning:  Diane holds a B.A. and M.A. in Communication Studies and a Ph.D. in Family Studies from the College of Education and Human Development at the University of Minnesota (Twin Cities). Since completing her doctorate, she has studied theology and trained in spiritual direction, retreat direction, and the practice of interfaith dialogue. Diane has taught at a number of schools including the  University of Minnesota and the College of Saint Benedict/Saint John’s University (MN).  She currently teaches at Saint Catherine University (MN).

Facilitating and Consulting:
  Diane facilitates retreats and workshops throughout the United States and Canada. She enjoys working with leaders and groups in a wide array of sectors from education, health-care, and philanthropy to non-profits, small businesses, and corporations in order to design learning experiences that address their specific needs. She has served as a consultant for the Religion Division at the Lilly Endowment, Inc, and has worked with program leadership at colleges, universities, theological schools and nonprofits to enhance organizational learning, evaluate impact, and improve programming.

Creating and Collaborating: Diane served as the creator and producer of Lives Explored as well as the founding director of Companions on a Journeyand the Journey Conversations Project.

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