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Diane M. Millis, PhD, invites people to explore their own stories as a way to discover meaning, purpose, and joy in their lives. She offers retreats, workshops, and presentations related to the themes of her books, Re-Creating a Life (SDI Press, 2019), Deepening Engagement (SkyLight Paths, 2015), and Conversation–The Sacred Art (SkyLight Paths, 2013) .

Bio:  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. 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, College of Saint Benedict/Saint John’s University, and Saint Catherine University (MN).  She currently teaches at United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities.

She is the founder of Companions on a Journey at the College of Saint Benedict, funded by the Lilly Endowment, Inc., and the Journey Conversations Project. She served as host and producer of Lives Explored for the Collegeville Institute. Diane has also served as a coach and consultant for the Lilly Endowment, Inc., working with leadership teams at colleges, universities, and theological schools throughout the United States.

Diane shares her life with her husband, Mark, and their young adult son, Ryan. She and Mark live in Minneapolis.

In addition to teaching, program development, and writing, she is a popular conference presenter and retreat facilitator for participants in a wide array of sectors—educational, non-profit, philanthropic, health care, and corporate. 

In the following video, Diane introduces participants into three gateways for meaningful communication:

 Diane works with leaders, teams, and participants in a wide array of sectors:

  • Accredited Financial, MN

  • Ascension Health, MO

  • Aquinas Institute of Theology, MO

  • Benedictine Center, Saint Paul's Monastery, MN

  • Carthage College, WI

  • Catholic Theological Union, IL

  • Century College, MN

  • Charis Ministries, IL

  • Collegium, A Colloquy on Faith and Intellectual Life

  • Collegeville Institute, MN

  • DKM&O Attorneys, IL

  • Drexel University, PA

  • Duke University, NC

  • Episcopal Church of Minnesota

  • Family Matters, IL

  • Fund for Theological Education, GA

  • General Mills, MN

  • Grinnell College, IA

  • Gustavus Adolphus College, MN

  • Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation, MN

  • House of Prayer, MN

  • Jesuit School of Theology, Santa Clara University, CA

  • Lilly Endowment, Inc., IN

  • Louisville Institute, KY

  • Luther College, IA

  • Macalester College, MN

  • McAfee School of Theology, Mercer University, GA

  • Minnesota Council of Churches

  • Center for Courage and Renewal, WA

  • Institute for Christian Spirituality, Seton Hall University, NJ

  • Saint Catherine University, MN

  • Spiritual Director's International, WA

  • Saint Paul Interfaith Network, MN

  • Tatamagouchee Retreat Centre, Nova Scotia, Canada

  • United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities, MN

  • Washington Theological Union, DC