Diane Menendez


Dr. Diane Menendez has been a leadership coach and Talent Development consultant for 30+ years.  She recently retired from Catholic Health Initiatives as National Director, Talent Development (2010-15). At CHI she was responsible for system-wide Coaching and Mentoring initiatives and supported succession strategy and implementation. She worked with CHI leaders to support the Talent Development of high potentials. She was on the Core Team of CHIs Transformative Leadership Development Program, lending her expertise to the planning, curriculum development, facilitation and coaching of the program’s physician leader, nurse leader and hospital administrator cohorts. She brings a bias for integrative and evidence based practices to her coaching and facilitation.

Prior to joining CHI in 2010, she held leadership and officer roles in Succession Management, Organizational Development and Leadership Development roles at AT&T, Macy’s and Convergys and also ran her own consulting and executive coaching firm (Leadership Mastery Coaching) for 18+ years.

Diane has been a Master Certified Coach since 1998.  Her book, Becoming a Professional Life Coach, was co-authored with Patrick Williams in 2007; a second edition was published in Spring, 2015.  She has written a number of articles on coaching, most recently “Coaching on the Run,” (with Pat Patton), published June 2013 in Nurse Leader and also wrote the chapter “Coaching the Clinical Dyad for Partnership Success” in Dyad Leadership in Healthcare (Wolters Kluwer, 2015) which details the strategies and processes she uses when coaching dyad leadership partners in healthcare.

Through her personal experiences, Diane has developed a realistic and compassionate approach to consulting with and coaching the more than 350 leaders she has worked with in a variety of industries worldwide. She is also a trained professional mediator. She has done extensive post-doctoral work at the Gestalt Institute of Cleveland, the Newfield Network, Harvard’s Institute for Professional Coaching, Team Coaching International, etc. She has a strong background in psychological assessments and uses these tools to intensify awareness, assess role fit, and foster development for individuals and teams.