• Heart-Centered Executive Coaching, Business Coaching & Strategic Thinking

Heart-Centered Executive Coaching, 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 be a transformative leader, experience breakthrough strategic planning, start a new business, or plan for a career leap, I can help. I offer executive coaching, strategic planning & business coaching that will move you forward.

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


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My mission is to empower individuals and organizations to discover and fully express their purpose with great success.

I’ve been blessed to work with professionals, corporations, non-profits and entrepreneurs over the past 10 years and witness growth and transformation. Our relationship is collaborative and powerful.

My heart-centered approach to coaching allows me to remain present, curious, intuitive, compassionate, creative, and collaborative.  I am a deep listener, truth-teller and energized by what’s possible.  My intention is to help you grow, change, develop, and achieve your goals.

For breakthrough strategic planning we use creative problem-solving facilitation to generate new thinking and gain team cohesion that happens in a fun organic way.  The leadership team walks away energized with a tight and inspiring strategic plan driving everyone confidently in the same directionI understand the steps to take, the flow to dance with and the strategy that will lead to good outcomes.

My years of experience, education, and intuition serve as a solid foundation for results driven coaching and consulting. I began my career in Corporate America and held several executive roles over a span of 25 years.  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 a Breakthrough Coaching Enhanced Practitioner, a member of the International Coach Federation, and certified in the FourSight Thinking Profile.  Committed to strengthening my work through continuing education,  I have completed course work in Path Coaching, Living Intuitively, Creative Problem Solving, Experts Academy, and High-Performance Habits.

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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.

For nearly 5 years prior to working with Diane, I wanted to make a professional career change. I was unhappy, and it was impacting all areas of my life. I didn’t know where to start and truly didn’t believe a change was possible. Through our work, I was able to shift my thinking, get out of my comfort zone, and begin to apply changes to my daily life. Diane helped me overcome my fear of next steps, find a way forward and held me accountable to my vision and goals. I felt listened too, not judged, cared about, completely focused on my needs / agenda, supported, and able to share my perspective at a deeper level. We had thought provoking conversations that revealed some of my patterns, allowed me to see things differently and then find the right solutions. Diane completely embodies a “heart-centered” approach. Within 7 months of working together, I found my dream job! I am happy, my family is happy, and my professional career is thriving. I did not think making a major career shift and having a rewarding life was possible prior to working with Diane. I would recommend Diane 100% to anyone looking for a coach to support a life-long change.
Brian St. PeterSenior Manager, Learning & Development, AMAZON
"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
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

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Phone: 847.971.6829
Email: diane@dianetesta.net

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.