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 adversity, I have become extremely tenacious. I have also learned to stay close to God and ask for His wisdom and guidance in all my decisions.
About 3 years ago, God began stirring a calling in me for public service. At first, I was rather resistant to this inner calling, questioning whether or not I was hearing God right. I mean, who wants their life on public display. But then, I realized, this isn't about "me". It's about being obedient to what God is asking out of me and simply trusting Him.
As an entrepreneur and consultant, problem-solving is a huge skill set that has been well-developed in me. I began to understand how it could be put to great use in public service.
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 19 years. 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 has served in the Political Advocacy Chair for the Nashville Chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners, NAWBO. She serves on the Mayor'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 30-year-old son named Rob, a 3-year-old Havanese named Cooper, and a 3-year-old Bischon named Pumpkin. 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 unless your "why" is strong enough,
the work is unsustainable." Diane Michel