Northstar Personal Coaching​

I am currently professor of English and associate director of Santa Clara University's Spirituality and Health Institute, where my research involves studies in hope, the sense of calling, leadership, mindfulness, and motivation. In my coaching, keynotes, workshops, writing, and teaching, my work combines the classical wisdom of East and West with research in positive psychology to help people create more joyous and meaningful lives.

About Diane


I am a positive psychology coach, researcher, and best-selling author. My books include The Tao of Inner PeaceThe Tao of Personal LeadershipThe Tao of WomanhoodInner Gardening:A Seasonal Path to Inner Peace, and Your Personal Renaissance: 12 Steps to Finding Your Life’sTrue Calling. My books have been translated into ten languages and featured in popular publications including USA Today, Entrepreneur, Redbook, CosmopolitanScience of Mind, and Working Woman, as well as on websites on leadership and personal growth.

Born in Louisville, Kentucky, I traveled extensively throughout my childhood. My father was an Air Force colonel, so we moved every year or two. While living in the Philippine Islands and Germany, I became fascinated with the convergence of Eastern and Western spirituality. I began a profound inner journey in my early twenties, beginning my meditation practice, doing graduate work in England at the University of Birmingham in Stratford-upon-Avon, and earning my Ph.D. in Renaissance literature at UCLA.


Since then, I've gotten credentials in holistic health and spiritual counseling as well as a Master's Degree in Counseling from Santa Clara University. I am a certified MentorCoach, completing requirements for certification with the International Coaching Federation. My passion is helping people connect with their creative potential, discover their vocations, and make a positive difference in the world.

I live in northern California with my husband, neuroscientist Dr. Robert Numan, our dachshund Ginny, and horse, Little Darlin'.

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