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Diana  Patton

Diana Patton

Former Civil Rights Attorney & CEO/Founder of the Rise Advocates®️ Academy

Diana Patton

Former Civil Rights Attorney & CEO/Founder of the Rise Advocates®️ Academy


Full of energy, a passion for advocacy, confidence and courage, Diana R. Patton, Esq has helped hundreds of women leaders, and the organizations that they work for, to do their greatest work. Her engaging and impactful presentations focus on helping women leaders experience joy in learning the habits and tools to live their greatest work through disciplined daily behind the scenes practices, speaking up with P.A.S.S.I.O.N., grace and healing, handling complex and uncomfortable opportunities with a sound mind and body, and mentoring others to do the same.

Diana began advocating for herself at age of 14, when she stopped her father from trying to molest her. Witnessing the childhood trauma she and her five older sisters experienced, and her brother’s suicide, drove her to find solace in her faith, as a competitive runner, and then on to law school. She became a Civil Rights Attorney and Corporate Executive. After getting married, having two children, and years of coaching and therapy, she realized the need to live her greatest life was beyond her job title, “shadow boxing” her past traumas, and trying to get back what she thought she lost in her childhood.  

Diana is known as the Confidence Expert™.  Her Rise with Diana consultancy, Rise Advocates® Academy, All Rise Live Global Summit, and her Head Full of Dreams non-profit helps working women leaders, and young girls, to do their greatest work in their organizations, homes, schools, and in their community. Her memoir, Inspiration in My Shoes, and This Yogi’s Journey books, Rise with Diana podcast, and the countless media and podcast appearances, helps her followers connect with her personal story, in a way that makes them believe they can rise and do their greatest work.

Speaker Videos

Diana Patton - Speaking Testimonials

Diana Patton's book, Inspiration in My Shoes and her Rise Program at Lima Central Catholic

Diana Patton of Rise with Diana - Speaker Reel

Episode 11 - Personal Development is Professional Development

Overcoming Perfection

Speak Up with P.A.S.S.I.O.N.

Your words | Diana Patton | TEDxToledo

Healing and Grace

How to Retain Women Leaders and Depolarize Issues of Humanity in 2024 and Beyond - Diana Patton

Diana Patton wins Girl Scouts of Western Ohio - Women of Distinction for Healthy Living

How to improve your public speaking skills

"Get Your Voice Back After Losing It" - Diana Patton on ABC7 - Good Morning Washington

Understand how your childhood impacts your adult life, and what to do about it!

Speech Topics

Put Your P.A.S.S.I.O.N. into Action: Speak Up, Rise & Build A Bridge

Diana was introduced “as a Black friend,” by one of her white friends, at their son’s predominately white graduation party, and instantly remembers the passion and excitement leaving her body. She couldn’t believe it. She knew she needed to speak to her friend about it, but that wasn’t the right time. That experience triggered her, and almost made her permanently dismiss her friend. Instead, she knew she needed to Pause first. Assess the situation. Get some Space, and then Speak to her friend about it. Diana chose to PASS on immediately blurting out her first response, PASS on canceling her friend, and PASS on making assumptions or taking things personal. After she spoke to her friend, she gained Insight about why her friend said what she said, Diana and her friend became more Open about the situation, and they both gained N(k)knowledge about how to handle the relationship moving forward - to find common ground and build a bridge. 

Now, Diana teaches P.A.S.S.I.O.N. to her audiences, to help women leaders, and people within organizations to Speak Up, with P.A.S.S.I.O.N, Rise, and Build Bridges.

Your Greatest Work Awaits: Safely Remove Your Identity Gap

It’s popular to say things like “bring your authentic self to work,” or “this is a place where you belong,” or “we want you feel at home, at work.” But, those are mere words, if people don’t feel a sense of safety at work. People have been “masked up” and pretending for far too long - being one person, behind the scenes, and another, in front of others. In this case, you are not getting the greatest work from your employees.

In this presentation, Diana teaches participants how to know when people don’t feel psychologically safe to share, what causes an identity gap, steps leaders and employees can take to close their own personal identity gap, and even that of their entire work culture, and habits to encourage employees to adopt to do their greatest work… at work.

Well-Being & Confidence Begins with the Revival of Self

When people say they struggle with imposter syndrome or the fear of missing out (FOMO), that’s typically a red flag that people lack a good sense of self. They struggle with the “disease to please”, judgment jail, apathetic lockdown, and quiet vengeance - which leads to frustration, heightened stress, depression, anxiety, and unhealthy habits. This is why people at work are unable to deeply relate to others … After all, if you don’t have a good relationship with yourself, how can you have a good relationship with others? 

In this presentation, Diana outlines the necessary steps for people to have their own personal “revival of self” … which starts by creating their own personal well-being promise plan. By sticking to this plan, participants are sure to increase their well-being, and their confidence. Diana even offers a continuous improvement opportunity package for participants to see their way to well-being and confidence, well after the presentation.

Speak In Public with Ease, Like You're Speaking to A Close Friend

Diana is often asked “How did you learn to speak on stage like that? You look like you are having fun up there. It seems like you are speaking directly to me!”  Her immediate response is typically “I am the 6th child of seven, I have five older sisters, I learned it all then.”  Which is partly true. 
But she doesn’t make light of it because public speaking is one of the most common fears in the world. It can be a daunting task to stand in front of a room full of people and deliver a speech. In fact, according to a study, 40% of the population suffers from public speaking anxiety, or glossophobia, which is considered a social anxiety disorder, and 75% of the population has a fear of public speaking.

In this presentation, Diana teaches her leaders, and women leaders how to speak to others, like they are speaking to a friend. How to internally redirect their thoughts to create a sense of calm and peace while speaking. She also teaches them how to engage with their audience to create impact, and results.