Diane had a challenging upbringing, attending 22 schools before high school. The early part of her childhood required moving frequently due to her father being a new Pastor and planting churches across the southeast. In the second half of her childhood, her mother suddenly became a single mom and struggled to stabilize. She eventually did and made a home for the family in Atlanta.
"One thing my mom taught me is that there is dignity in getting back up, dusting yourself off, and working hard. She humbled herself and did what she had to do to survive. We went to bed hungry sometimes, but we never collected a welfare check. " - - Diane Canada
After years of adversity and through her faith in God, Diane discovered her hidden strengths in leadership and entrepreneurship. Beginning her career in medical management and transitioning to a Business Consultant, Diane has helped clients recover and/or build hundreds of businesses across multiple industries in her career.
Simultaneously, she was being developed by major Producers and Management for a professional music career as a Singer/Songwriter, making pilgrimages from Atlanta to Nashville for years, prior to moving here and becoming an integral part of the Nashville songwriting community.
She relocated from Atlanta and has lived in Nashville for nearly 20 years. Diane has personally built two of her own Consulting Firms, a Staffing Firm, and a syndicated National/International Television Show. The TV show centered around the professional songwriters of Nashville that she had come to know and love after years of working together. The show syndicated in the U.S. and the U.K. for 2 years and reached over 100 million households.
She is a Keynote Speaker and founder of Lady Like Leaders, offering specialized training symposiums to women in leadership or entrepreneurial roles. She recently authored her first book, Lady Up + Don't Quit.
She just co-launched the Tennessee Entrepreneur Initiative to help reduce the learning curve and failure rate of small business owners.
Diane has served in the Political Advocacy Chair for the Nashville Chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners. She has served on the Mayor's Minority Business Advisory Council, representing women business owners of Nashville.
Diane teaches 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 success. She is married to Brian, 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, boating, hiking near natural waterfalls, giggling with girlfriends poolside/beachside, writing songs with Nashville's finest songwriters, and occasional 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 Canada