• Heart-Centered Leadership & Business Coaching | Strategic Thinking

  • Heart-Centered Leadership & Business Coaching | Strategic Thinking

Heart-Centered Leadership & Business Coaching | Strategic Thinking

Helping leaders and entrepreneurs to step into their lives in a more connected, intentional way to implement a bigger vision.


Whether you want to start a new business, launch a book, find your ideal job, better navigate the corporate world, be a better leader or experience breakthrough strategic planning, I can help. I offer leadership coaching, business consulting, marketing strategy and strategic planning services.

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We will discover, clarify and align with what you want to achieve.


An energizing and innovative experience…


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My mission is to empower people and organizations to live their purpose and move forward with clarity, courage and belief.

For the past 10 years, I’ve been blessed to work with professionals, corporations and non profits, witness their stories and be a part of amazing transformations. The work is structured, collaborative and powerful. I understand the steps to take, the flow to dance with and the strategy that will lead to good outcomes.

I like to take conventional ways of doing things and add some spice.  This means that strategic planning for an organization becomes a breakthrough experience for teams by filtering it through a creative problem-solving process.  A team that uses the right tools produces the biggest impact ideas, is energized and committed to the organization’s purpose and desired future state.  The leadership team walks away with innovative ideas and a simple roadmap including a clear plan of action relevant at all levels of the organization.

I began my career in Corporate America and held several executive roles over a span of 25 years.  I learned a ton, made significant contributions and loved many of the people and projects I led. My happiest successes ranged from coaching / mentoring employees to spearheading large revenue generating projects, strategic planning, marketing strategy and implementing training programs.

My years of experience, education, and intuition serve as a solid foundation for results driven coaching and consulting. I have an M.A. in Sociology from DePaul University, and am a graduate of Northwestern University, Kellogg School of Management’s Executive Development Program.  I am committed to strengthening my work through continuing education and have completed course work in Path Coaching, Living Intuitively, Creative Problem Solving, Experts Academy, and High Performance Habits.  I am a member of the International Coach Federation and certified in the FourSight Thinking Profile.

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My clients have found their dream jobs, published best selling books, started meaningful nonprofits and created thriving businesses. Click here to see more client testimonials.

I can honestly say, without Diane’s coaching, my business would still be in the idea stage. I had it in me, but struggled with where to start. Diane really listened and embraced what I wanted to create. It felt safe to explore ideas and collaborate on solutions with her. Our regular meetings and partnership gave me direction, homework, and accountability. I got things done! This momentum gave me the confidence to keep moving forward. In the process, she helped me to clarify my thoughts, get them on paper and then pitch my business concept to others. In a short period of time from concept to opening, I’m now the proud owner of a city destination for fine wines, gourmet food, gift baskets and community gatherings. It’s everything I hoped for and more!
Liz AhearnOwner and Operator, Picnic Wine & Provisions
"Diane is an experienced, authentic coach who quickly uncovers strengths and areas of exploration to help clients grow and flourish. She combines her unique talents of empathy, insight, pragmatism and action orientation with her extensive experience in the business world, to ensure her clients not only achieve the results they seek, but also feel great about the process. Anyone who has the opportunity to spend time with Diane is very fortunate!"
Sherri Stewart, MBAPartner, LEXT Leadership and Talent Excellence Consulting
"The skilled facilitation of Russ and Diane, has truly transformed strategic planning for our agency. We've applied their tools and talents for the overall 2019 Agency Strategic Plan, and the cascading 2019 plan for a key department (Technology). Versus a more traditional planning process used in past years, our sessions are much more energizing, ideas are better and more plentiful, and team buy-in and cohesion are happening organically. Most importantly, the tight, inspiring 2019 plan is driving our team confidently in the same direction, the plan is being met or exceeded, and momentum is accelerating."
Stacie BoneyPresident, Hanson Dodge

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Phone: 847.971.6829
Email: info@dianetesta.net

Free Discovery Session

I offer a complimentary 30 minute meeting to discuss your goals and see how we might work together. Give me a call or send me an email.

Flexible Schedule

I understand how busy life can be so I’m happy to work together to fit within your schedule. We can meet by phone, Zoom or in person at my office in Evanston, Illinois.

Fully Confidential

Your privacy is very important to me. Depending on the nature of our work, a confidentiality agreement can be signed at the outset. No information is shared without your approval.