About Diane Ridley Roberts
Diane Ridley Roberts is a nationally published writer, seminar leader, media personality and successful entrepreneur. Diane was quoted by national best-selling author Iyanla Vanzant in her book, Acts of Faith. Her editorials have been featured in national publication such as Essence and Upscale.
Diane is also an award-winning businesswoman serving as President and Co-founder of Global Evaluation & Applied Research Solutions (GEARS) Inc., a consulting firm thatcrop gears no backgrn provides program evaluation, organizational development and conference planning services primarily to federal government agencies. Beginning as a home-based business, under Diane’s leadership GEARS has grown to a company of more than 50 employees in multiple locations. Diane credits the principles in this blog to her ability to successfully create and lead GEARS and is passionate about sharing these lessons with others—and future business leaders in particular.
Diane is a leader in the small business community. Recognizing the gaps in support services for small business government contractors, Diane designed and implemented the GEARS Small Business Leadership Development Conference. This annual conference has grown from 25 participants to more than 300 anticipated participants in the March 2014 conference.
Since 1995, Diane has conducted more than 100 presentations at a variety of events including conferences, seminars, training sessions sponsored by government, academic institutions and for profit companies. She also self-published her first book, Empowering You, Because You Deserve Success! In 2012, the U.S. Small Business Administration invited Diane to participate in the panel presentation called, “Success Strategies for Running a Successful Small Business Government Contracting Firm.” She also delivered the keynote addresses for the GEARS Small Business Leadership Development conference in 2011 and for administrative professionals, Celebration of Success, in 2009 and 2010.
My belief is that we are all created to do something very special. To accomplish your special contribution, one must first accept the notion of acknowledging and embracing one’s dream. This act can become increasingly daunting as we age and experience let down after let down. I am here to encourage you to hold tight. Hold on to that dream of your purpose for being on the planet. It might be to become a parent, or to work for a certain company, or to go back to school. I implore you to embrace it so securely that it impacts how you see yourself reacting in every thought, decision, and situation. – Diane Ridley Roberts