Diane Dreher, PhD, ACC, CMC

Professional Writing, Academic, and Positive Psychology Coach

Diane Dreher Coaching & Consulting, LLC

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Consulting: My strengths-based consulting and keynotes have helped people in business and community groups flourish both personally and professionally.  Clients I've worked with include Allstate Insurance, California Agricultural Leadership, Holiday Inn International, Levi Strauss, the National Association of State Information Resource Officers, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Parent Coaching Institute, and the Women's Professional Tennis Association as well as local community groups, colleges, and retreat centers.

To inquire about future consulting and keynote possibilities,
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The Tao of Inner Peace: “a valiant attempt to apply Taoist wisdom to our high-pressure modern world.” 

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The Tao of Personal Leadership: “Reading her text is like taking a deep, cleansing breath. The examples and quotations from the Tao Te Ching are beautifully incorporated into the overall message. Leaders and aspiring leaders should read this book.”  

Publishers Weekly


The Tao of Womanhood: "Her soothing book will give the reader many good ideas and helpful hints about balancing her life. What sets this book apart from other self-help efforts is the combination of Eastern and Western ideas.” 

Library Journal


Inner Gardening: " If you want to feel the magic of gardening and discover a new path to your own garden within, read this beautiful book."

Gay Hendricks, author of Conscious Living


Your Personal Renaissance:  “In this brilliant book, Diane provides a spiritual compass for the journey to create a life that fits skin tight over your true self.”

Jerry Lynch, author of The Way of the Champion

I am a Certified MentorCoach (CMC) with the internationally recognized coach training community MentorCoach LLC.

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To find out if coaching is right for you click here  to schedule a free coaching call.

"If you only advance confidently in the direction of your dreams and endeavor to live the life you have imagined, you will meet with a success unexpected in common hours."

adapted from Henry David Thoreau, Walden

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"Diane is a dynamic author, teacher and fabulous coach. She brings her exuberance and adventurous, joyful spirit to everything she does!"

Mardeene Mitchell
Founder and CEO at Visionaries to Light, Inc.



"I credit Diane for helping me find my authentic voice. She is a consummate professional and a caring mentor who provides useful insights as was the case when I worked under her as a directed research assistant. I highly recommend Diane!"

Yvette Castro Farias

Corporate and Foundation Partnerships Strategist / Grants Consultant / Writer, Editor and Researcher


"I have known Diane Dreher in several of her positions.  Patience and humor are hallmarks of this consummate professional: from her I learned how to remain calms and how to use humor in tense situations; from her I learned the balance between discretion and full disclosure.  As a communicator, Diane is forthright and clear but always polite and respectful.  As an individual, Diane is well-rounded, highly intelligent, centered, and generous."

Simone Billings
Director of Core Writing, Department of English at Santa Clara University



"I have had the opportunity to study with Diane and do peer to peer coaching telephonically with each other. Diane has an incredible calming presence allowing one to feel totally safe and supported while talking with her. She is full of humor and life bringing great energy to any conversation. I have also take the opportunity to read and work through the exercises in her book Your Personal Renaissance which allowed me to gain even greater insight into how to lead a more fulfilling life."

Patricia Sheveland
Experienced Workers' Compensation Claims Leader; Individual and Business Transitions Coach



What people are saying about Diane’s coaching, mentoring, and leadership:

What people are saying about Diane’s books:

Hello and welcome to my website.  I've had the pleasure of working with hundreds of successful people in my coaching, consulting, and academic careers.  The one thing these people have in common is a sense of calling, a deep sense of joy and purpose in their lives.


I find my greatest sense of calling today as a life coach and author.  As an Associate Certified Coach (ACC) and Certified MentorCoach (CMC), I love helping people like you discover their own sense of calling, seeing them reach out to follow their dreams and use their strengths to live with greater joy, success, and vitality.


What about you?  Perhaps, like many of my clients, you're standing at a crossroads between your life now and the life you really want.


Would you like to:

  • Begin a new writing project or write that book you've been dreaming about?
  • Move to the next level in your academic life or faculty career?
  • Liberate yourself from limiting habits and beliefs to live a healthier, happier life?


As your coach, I can help you build a strong bridge from where you are now to where you'd like to be.


Using strategies from positive psychology that have helped thousands of people flourish, I'll help you discover your own personal strengths, set a goal you can believe in, chart a successful path to your goal, and overcome roadblocks to create the life you've been waiting for.​

I am proud to be an Associate Certified Coach (ACC) and member of the International Coach Federation (ICF) a leading global organization dedicated to advancing the coaching profession by setting high standards, providing independent certification and building a worldwide network of trained coaching professionals. 

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