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Jean Gaede  |  Interlochen Center for the Arts Academy Faculty, Interlochen, Michigan

"This family went from tragedy to triumph and the story needs to be heard by everyone." 


Keynote or Conference

Organization or Group

University or Highschool



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Stuart R, M.D.

Art Creates Hope Benefit Concert, 2017


I was very moved by Diana's keynote address and the worthy goals of her company. The personal story of her son's situation and the family's response was really gripping." 

Compassionate Listening Workshop

Participants will experience the profound feeling of being listened to and really understood.

Resentment, fear, anger and unmet needs prevent us from feeling compassion. Instead, they create conflict, which makes effective communication impossible.

People who learn and practice Compassionate Listening have found greater authenticity in their communication, increased understanding, deepening connection, and conflict resolution.

This dynamic, hands-on workshop dramatically demonstrates how effective communication can be when we listen and respond with intention and compassion.

Diana will include real-life situations, demonstrate role-playing and engage in open discussion. 

Casa State Conference  | Michigan Workshop


Within one hour, I learned more about effective communication with Diana's knowledge than from anyone else. She is deeply knowledgeable, caring and an excellent coach."

Anti-Bullying Proven Solutions | Create Safety

Inspiring and informative talk - a must for parents, students, and schools or anyone caring for school-age children.

In this presentation, Diana shares the story of her son's years of being bullied and how it escalated into a tragic incident that caused the onset of a severe mental illness.  She teaches what she learned as a parent to help her child and family survive this tragedy and ultimately recover and regain balance. 

You will learn why children become bullies, how they attract their bystanders and the consequences of being bullied. A close look at cyber-bullying, suicide rates, and how to create a no-tolerance environment that promotes safety.

Two short videos will be shown, one from her son sharing his journey to recovery and inspires others to get help and support. The second video is a family friend and her observations about Diana's 11-year passage with her son and the strategies she learned and used to help him.

Rachel Wonderlich | Youth Coordinator

Iowa State University Extension Outreach Jefferson County, IA 

"The Anti-Bullying Presentation was very valuable for all participants. I felt the content was very applicable and easy to understand. It's a hard topic to discuss,

but one that is absolutely crucial.

 Diana did a wonderful job setting the tone for the topic and creating a safe atmosphere for all participants to fully engage."

Essentials of Mental Health | Know the Signs

The Essentials of Mental Health presentation is fundamental to understanding mental health disorders, warning signs and signals, and how to get help.

People facing these issues often face discrimination due to stigma and experience shame.  Mental health challenges can be experienced by anyone. In the workplace, attitudes toward mental health makes a big difference for all employees, but especially for those experiencing these types of challenges.

Diana will present how to tell the difference between what expected behaviors are and what might be the signs of mental illness and common mental health disorders.

She will share her story about her son’s 10-year journey to recover and how he continues to manage his mental health challenges and will also show a 5-minute video

Participant  |  Hawthorne Direct Corporation

"Highly recommended!

Diana's story and difficult journey as a parent gives a realistic view of mental health challenges,

and what to do. Her presentation was informative and moving."

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