Inspiration In My Shoes
Inspiration in My Shoes shares the monumental experience of a biracial young girl’s journey through abuse, racism, and heartache. It is a riveting read that proves no barrier is too high, no obstacle is too great, and that inspiration comes in many surprising forms. Diana’s story is exemplary of both the struggles young women face and how those struggles can be transformed into triumphs.
With her mother’s encouragement, her faith in God, and a resilient spirit, Diana overcomes unthinkable tragedy before molding her experience into an opportunity to connect with others. Though Diana’s childhood was riddled with dysfunction, she’s decided to take her mess and make it her message.
About Diana Patton (Toledo, Ohio Author)
Diana Patton recently completed her personal book entitled Inspiration in my Shoes and is an Inspirational Speaker and Advocate for Humanity. She speaks to high school and college age young women, women’s groups that wish to encourage younger women, and young athletes. She also speaks on leadership topics to various organizations and nonprofits.
In December 2015, she completed her full-time work as the VP/COO/General Counsel for the Toledo Fair Housing Center but she continues to provide consulting services to the Center. Prior to assuming her role at the Toledo Fair Housing Center, she worked on staff at Cedar Creek Church and directed various ministry teams. Previous to her roles at Cedar Creek, she was an inspirational speaker, certified health coach and co-business owner of health-based company, FITatudes, LLC. She was trained and certified at the Institute of Integrative Nutrition (IIN) in Manhattan, New York. After graduating from IIN, Diana returned as a guest lecturer on various topics.
Prior to becoming a health coach and speaker, Diana held a number of law firm and high-level corporate positions, including global director-level positions at Fortune 500 companies. She worked in the areas of contract procurement, purchasing and negotiation, litigation assistance, supplier diversity, corporate training and strategic planning.
She earned her bachelor and law degree at the University of Toledo, where she also ran track. Diana is licensed to practice law in Ohio and is currently a member of the Toledo Bar Association and the Ohio State Bar Association. Diana has conducted corporate diversity training and has taught various business courses at Owens Community College in Toledo. She has written curricula, blogs and newsletters when she operated her FITatudes company, has spoken nationally on health and life coaching topics, and has contributed articles to the Toledo Free Press and the Sojourner’s Truth newspaper.
Diana currently serves on the Polly Fox Academy Board in Toledo Ohio. The Polly Fox is an alternate school for 7-12th grade pregnant and parenting girls. Diana enjoys spending time reading, writing, exercising/running, leading a woman’s life group/bible study, mentoring young women, serving in various capacities, hanging with friends and family, and staying very involved with her children’s athletic and scholastic endeavors.
Her greatest joy is to inspire others to live life to the full. She resides in Toledo, Ohio with her husband, David of 18 blessed years, and their two children.