Name: Diana Faison
Leadership Charlotte (LC) Class: XII
Title/Company: Partner, Flynn Heath Holt Leadership
Hometown: Jacksonville Beach, Florida
Education: BS Appalachian State University, M.Ed. UNC Chapel Hill
Current personal or leadership goals: Recommit to better work life balance.
If you could describe your Leadership Charlotte experience in three words or phrases what would they be?
Humbling, Inspiring and Exhausting
What advice that you would you give to current Leadership Charlotte participants?
Work hard to stay connected to each other. It has been a LONG time since I graduated. For many years many of us communicated and reconnected routinely. We were all in various places personally and professionally so naturally time and circumstances moved many of literally and figuratively. I had my first child not long after the conclusion of the first program and she is a grown woman today! Professionally, I am in a completely different place as well. I can only imagine what has happened in the lives of my classmates and I would love to see them again. Special bonds can easily be rekindled!
If you could relive any program day, what would it be and why?
The “police ride along” experience is one I will never forget. I wonder if you still do this part of the program today? The officers had a busy night which included a drug bust. They wore many hats that night including, law enforcer; but also, counselor and advocate. It was a scary but eye-opening experience. I have a tremendous amount of respect for the men and women who put their lives on the line for our community each day.
Favorite nonprofit or community organization in Charlotte and why:
Heart Math Tutoring. Two Reasons: They have a unique mission. We often think of reading as such an important underdeveloped skill in our children, but math is equally important. The need was going unmet! Second reason is their Executive Director, Emily Elliot! Amazing young leader! She is going places and so is Heart Math!
Greatest personal accomplishment and why:
My two daughters are accomplished young women. They are my pride and joy! But also, I have co-authored a book, “The Influence Effect…A New Path to Power for Women Leaders.” Women’s leadership development has been my life’s work. I hope this work begins to pass the baton to the next generation of great women leaders!