As a minister's kid and due to an eventual broken home, I attended 22 schools before high school and lived in a wide variety of demographics growing up. Sleepovers with new friends put me at the dinner table of all different kinds of families, with different stresses, concerns, and challenges. It was a front row seat to life and I became a serious student of people!
I learned that there are many common denominators that run through us all, regardless of our station in life.
Having experienced a lifetime of significant tragedy and adversity, I am very versed in the concepts of tenacity, inner strength, and the wisdom that can only come from faith.
Skipping way ahead to around 2 years ago, God began stirring a calling in me for public service. I was looking forward to some easier roads to travel with my new women-centric business. So, at first, I was rather resistant to this inner calling. I mean, who wants their life on public display or opening yourself up to ridicule. But then, I realized, this isn't about "me". It's about being obedient to what God is asking and trusting Him.
Although I have been in the business and entrepreneurial world for two decades, I had never held a public office, so the political landscape was all new to me. As an entrepreneur and consultant, problem-solving is a huge skill set that is developed. I began to understand how it could be put to great use in public service.
"Random" invitations then began coming across my path. The first was from the National Association of Women Business Owners. Their Board asked me to serve as the political advocate for the organization. I said yes.
This position then led to an invitation to serve on Mayor David Briley's Minority Business Council, which I agreed to, as well. I was surprised at how much I enjoyed it. I really thought that was the end of it and that I had done my part to answer the call.
Then came a constant whisper in my heart....Senate, Senate, Senate. I was confused. Surely God wasn't asking me to run for Senate?!?
The instruction was crystal clear, as ludicrous as it sounded to me, so here I am...suiting up and showing up...running for State Senate. I have always loved this city, but even more so now as I see it in a whole new light.
I have a very personal connection to each of my campaign topics on my platform. Now that I am in the race, I see that I am uniquely qualified to facilitate productive conversations, listen actively, offer creative ideas, and find the common ground that leads to solid solutions.
I have always been an in-the-trenches, real-world kind of leader. I don't believe in leading from corner offices or ivory towers. I believe the ideas and solutions are found among the people of this city. There are so many amazing, creative, and innovative people doing tremendous things already.
As your next Senator, I look forward to getting to know you, connecting the dots, and working together towards practical and powerful solutions that align with our country's founding principals.
I hope to earn your vote in 2020!
Diane relocated from Atlanta and has lived in Nashville for 18 years. She intentionally chose Nashville as her home. Beginning her career in medical management and transitioning to a Business Consultant/Advisor, Diane has helped clients recover and/or build hundreds of businesses across multiple industries in her career.
Diane has personally built two of her own Consulting Firms, a Staffing Firm, and a syndicated National/International Television Show. She is the co-founder of Lady Like Leaders, offering specialized training and development to women in leadership or entrepreneurial roles.
Diane holds the 2019 Political Advocacy Chair for the Nashville Chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners, NAWBO. She sits on Nashville Mayor David Briley's Minority Business Advisory Council, representing women business owners of Nashville.
Diane is currently teaching entrepreneurial curriculum at the maximum security Tennessee Prison For Women, phase two of the B.E.S.T. program, giving incarcerated women entrepreneurial skills prior to their re-release into society.
Diane is very open about her faith and how that is central to her business success. She has a 29-year-old son named Rob and a 2-year-old Havanese named Cooper. Diane lives in Brentwood and enjoys visiting family, hiking near natural waterfalls, giggling with girlfriends poolside/beachside, writing songs with Nashville's finest songwriters, and lazy days curled up on the couch watching chick flicks.
"I believe that until your "why" becomes strong enough,
the work is futile." Diane Michel