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Meet Diana Rivera, MA, Ph.D. of C.E. Coaching and Facilitation

Today we’d like to introduce you to Diana Rivera, MA, Ph.D.

Diana, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today. My background as a performing artist and educator led me to do research on the psychology of creativity. I have always been interested in the internal world of artists, as much as I have been on the final work of art. There is a mystery to the process of creation, how we learn and how individuals/groups grow within themselves and in society that has inspired my professional career.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc. – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you? It has not always been a smooth road. When you say “yes” to an idea/a vision, you know it is time to invest all of oneself. There are sacrifices to the investment process. For me, I had to spend time, money and energy studying, writing, reflecting and refining. I had to be really focused and believe in my ideas even when others don’t get it.

So, let’s switch gears a bit and go into the C.E. Coaching and Facilitation story. Tell us more about the business. My business is Creative Empowerment Coaching and Facilitation. I am one-part coach to creative/artist professionals who want to take their creative ideas/visions/dreams and manifest them into reality. I help people set the framework, create a plan and follow it.

I am also a part facilitator on the creative process, which means I develop unique curriculum teaching creative process to people of various developmental groups and organizations. For example, one facilitation might be working with a group of children on activating their expressive voice through the performing arts; another day it could be doing a professional development workshop to educators/administrators/parents on enhancing learning and self-confidence through the creative process; another facilitation could be leading a group of artists on tapping into their intuition for the purpose of their personal and professional pursuits.

All in all, my skill set is expansive so I pull from all of my personal, professional and academic experiences to create things that suit various populations.

Has luck played a meaningful role in your life and business? I love this question. What is combined with luck is this sense of the unknown, serendipity and even magic. When I became clear within me that my interests/passions/ideas were leading me in this professional direction, all the right people came knocking at my door or else a door revealed itself, which allowed me to move forward. I have been lucky with the support of great mentors and family/friends.

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