WHO I AM

 

Diane Woods is Senior Coach for Integral Leadership who teaches coaching programs nationwide. She provides skillful coaching to people in all walks of life, supporting people in being excellent performers and feeling personally fulfilled. Over the past 25 years, she has consulted to Boards of Directors, government agencies, executive management teams of global corporations, and non-profits. Her clients include The Gap, Inc., Los Alamos National Laboratories, United Church of Christ, Building Futures With Women and Children, Charles Schwab & Company, Hewlett-Packard, Sun Microsystems, The Society of Women Engineers (SWE), and the California State Automobile Association.

Prior to starting her coaching practice, Diane served as Vice President of Global Strategies and Organization Development and as Leader of Global Values and Leadership at Levi Strauss's Corporate Office in San Francisco. As Adjunct Professor at the California Institute of Integral Studies, she taught in the Organization Development Masters Program for several years; she now teaches at SFSU-Extended Learning in San Francisco. Diane also co-convenes Majestic Light, a women’s circle focused on health and well being. Diane co-facilitates workshops on Things Racial with Stacy Cusulos, M. Div. and Barbara Waugh, Ph.D.

Diane has a BS in Psychology from Kalamazoo College and a Masters in Organization Development from American University. She is a certified Integral Coach® through New Ventures West and a Master Certified Coach through the International Coach Federation.

 

"And...a bit more about me..."

"If we stand tall, it is because we stand on the shoulders of many ancestors."
— Yoruban Proverb

I’d rather be having a conversation with you, over tea, rather than writing about my journey. My first real conversation was with my counselor at Roosevelt High School; I say real conversation because it was the first time I felt heard and seen and appreciated. Ms. Jerri McGill was/is my role model for being of service to another and understanding what it means to truly listen to another person. My desire to serve and teach and listen was ignited by this wonderful women and that desire burns within me still.

After high school, I attended Kalamazoo College on an academic scholarship earning a degree in Psychology and a greater understanding of African American history through the work of the Black Student Organization where I served as president. After graduation, I moved to Newark, New Jersey to help elect Newark’s first Black Mayor and spent the next ten years devoting my time, talent, and energies to the Black Movement.

Later, I was the first woman working in a generating station for Public Service electric and Gas Company; 14 years later, I left as the Director of Human Resources. In 1992 I joined Levi Strauss and Company, holding positions of Global Vice President of Organization Development and Leader of the Values Department.

Today, I am a Master Certified Integral Coach; I am an instructor of coaches, a retired business executive, a former adjunct professor at Golden Gate University, JFK University, and the California Institute of Integral Studies. I am shaping a life with my partner of 20 years; we are both “professional spectators” enjoying movies, theater, live concerts, and travel.

I am lifted up by my work in the Spiritual Ridwan School of Diamond Heart; I am still being shaped by the 10 powerful Black Women of the Shona Circle that I co-convened nine years ago. Today I am filled with gratitude and love for all who have supported my development, my ongoing unfoldment, my walk along the path of personal power and personal service. I consider it an honor and a privilege to work with others, to walk along beside them, supporting them as a coach, or as an instructor, or as a convener. I know that my talents, my “expertise” comes through me from other sources. I will close as I began,

"If we stand tall, it is because we stand on the shoulders of many ancestors."
— Yoruban Proverb