Dr. Diana Whitney is an inspirational speaker, provocative educator and pioneering thought leader in the growing field of Appreciative Inquiry and Positive Change. Through her work, her teaching, and her writing she has positively influenced the lives of millions of people around the world.
Dr. Whitney is an award-winning author. Recognized in 2004 by the International Organization Development Network (ODN) for her contribution to the field through writing she is the author or editor of fifteen books, as well as dozens of articles and chapters.
Diana is President of Corporation for Positive Change, an international consulting firm specializing in the application of Appreciative Inquiry – the revolutionary process she helped develop and spread – to resolve the most pressing challenges of our time. In fields ranging from health care to education; from peace-building to business; from community development to government, Diana coaches executives and their teams in support of organization culture transformation, strategic development and leadership capacity building. With over thirty years of experience, her clients include Merck, British Airways, Verizon, J&J, Calgary Health Region, University of Virginia Health System, Idaho Department of Education, and Sisters of Good Shepherd. The American Society for Training and Development (ASTD) recognized her Appreciative Inquiry work at GTE (Verizon) with their Best Culture Change of the year award.
Diana is a Founder of the Taos Institute, a center for dialogue among family therapists, educators and organization consultants. She is an ongoing advisor to the United Religions Initiative, a global interfaith organization dedicated to peace. She is a Distinguished Consulting Faculty at Saybrook Graduate School and Research Center where she teaches and advises PhD students. She is an expert faculty for the NCR Picker Patient Centered Care Institute.
Dr. Whitney received her Ph.D. from Temple University (1980) in the field of Organizational Communication. Her early research into the dissemination of educational innovations funded by the National Institute of Education created an agenda for the ongoing development of educational R&D laboratories throughout the United States. To read more about Dr. Whitney, visit her personal site.
Academy Articles by Diana Whitney:
- Spirituality as an Organizing Principle
- Partnership at Work