Growing up in beautiful East Palo Alto, now known as Silicon Valley, Dianne was crowned, “Miss East Palo Alto” at the age of 18. She was raised by her mother, a single parent. When Dianne was 20 years old her mother died of stomach cancer. She was only 43 years old. It was Dianne’s love of reading that helped her endure the loss of her mother at such a young age; it also provided the impetus for her to become a writer.
Writing in her journal has been the healing salve for all of her troubles in life. One of her favorite quotes is one that she penned and is featured in her own book: “What you focus on will guide the direction your life will take, make sure your vision is aimed at your purpose.” This quote reminds her of her true purpose, which is to help women discover their passion, and to attain a high level of productivity through integrity, growth, wellness and principled success.
Dianne began her entertainment career by receiving a Teen Model of the Year award, and later holding titles including Miss Positivity - Miss Black America and Miss Kool-KDIA. After being dissatisfied with the progress she was making in Hollywood, she started her own company, Simply Samba Entertainment. She was able to secure major clientele, including the Nancy Reagan Foundation.
Dianne holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Antioch University and is the author of the newly published book: “Ladies Operating Very Effectively (“L.O.V.E.”): Finding the Power to Change Your World.” Her book focuses on motivating and inspiring women to develop effective habits and to live authentic lives. It also honors the extraordinary women who are doing amazing work in their communities and in the world. She is the creator and producer of the L.O.V.E. Awards. Dianne has coached and mentored hundreds of women through workshops and seminars in the areas of career, finance, health and wellness, and life skills training. Her pragmatic and energetic coaching style is both refreshing and effective. She is also a volunteer teacher and speaker for Operation HOPE, Inc.’s Banking On Our Future financial literacy educational program. Dianne plans to return to school to complete her doctorate in the near future. She is happily married to writer and director, Dino Shorté, and has three adult children and two grandchildren.
Author and Motivational Speaker