Thriving Women Thriving World: An Invitation to Dialogue, Healing, and Inspired Action. As Harlene Anderson, PhD, Co-founder, Houston Galveston Institute and Taos Institute says, "As Mary Gergen notes in the foreword, Diana Whitney and her colleagues put forth a refreshing and challenging approach to gender issues: appreciation rather than aggression. They speak to the remarkable potential for new understandings and ways of living 'gender issues' that an appreciative perspective action offer - with enormous benefit for all."
Diana Whitney is a global social entrepreneur. She is founder and president of Corporation for Positive Change, a global consulting cooperative; a founder of the Taos Institute, an international think tank dedicated to relational processes in business, education, families and communities; and a founding advisor to the United Religions Initiative, a global network of 530 interfaith cooperation circles working for peace and social justice.
Dr. Whitney is a positively powerful keynote speaker, whose messages of hope, positive change, and the call for appreciative leadership offer practical guidance for new ways of working, living and being. Diana’s unique style of ‘interactive storytelling’ inspires audiences from 50 to 1500 at national and international conferences and leadership symposiums in Asia, Africa, Europe and North America. Diana’s presentations are rich tapestries of experience, research and innovative practices that transform leadership and enliven relationships.
Diana is a prolific, provocative and practical author. Her award winning books on Appreciative Leadership and Appreciative Inquiry, the revolutionary process she helped to develop, have been translated into over a dozen languages and are used as text books in business schools, universities and corporate learning centers around the world. The International Organization Development Network (ODN) honored Diana’s written contributions to the field with the Larry Porter Award.
Along with Kimberley Barker, Ph.D. Kim received her doctorate in Organization Development from Benedictine University. She also has her MBA and BSBA from Hawai’i Pacific University. She has taught at Eastern Michigan University, Management Department, since 2015. Kimberley is a Scholar-Practitioner who wants to assist you in ‘living your best life at work’! She has spent five years in Human Resources... and over 15 years in Hospital Administration. Kimberley serves as Vice President for the International Society for Organization Development and Change (ISODC). Her research interests include Global Organization Development, the Upside of Change, Cultural Competence and Dilemma Reconciliation, Conflict Resolution, Gender Equality and Inclusion, Business Communication, and Compassionate-Lean-Servant Leadership. Dr. Barker can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org and you can follow her at Kimberley Barker's YouTube page