About Diane

About Diane DiResta

Diane DiResta created Gravitas for Girls

Diane is a Knockout on the Presentation scene. She coaches executive women in New York City and across the United States and now brings public speaking skills to girls at a young age in order to build a strong foundation.


Her Style:

Diane’s nurturing style makes public speaking less threatening and encourages each student to have the confidence to step up and take risks. With Diane’s guidance, each girl cultivates her own voice and speaking style.


Her Background:

Diane worked in New York City schools for over 8 years and has worked with ages 4 to 84.  Her flexibility and wide range allows her to work effectively with diverse age groups. For 20 years, Diane has been the president of DiResta Communications, a consulting firm that works with business leaders and professionals to improve their speaking skills and leadership.


Diane has executive corporate experience as the former Assistant VP of Sales & Trading Training at Drexel Burnham Lambert. Prior to that she served as a training specialist at Salomon Brothers, and as a senior associate for The Executive Technique, a Madison Avenue communications firm, where she trained managers and executives of Fortune 500 companies in presentation skills.


Her Credentials:

  • Licensed Speech Pathologist
  • Masters Degree from Columbia University
  • Graduate of the Coach University

Her Expertise:

Diane’s expertise has made her a much-requested speaker at many national and international organizations. In 1993, she was invited by the Alliance for American and Russian Women, to speak to Russian women in Moscow and St. Petersburg about “Selling to the American Market.” In 2003, Diane spoke to 100 women leaders of NGOs in Tanzania, on the topics of media training and public speaking skills. Over the years, Diane has been an innovative player in the field of communications training. In 1991, she became one of the earliest trainers to use long-distance learning in delivering training seminars. She pioneered the first listening skills classes for NYU’s Continuing Education Department.


With her clinical background and business experience, Diane knows what it takes for young women to succeed in the workplace and to become young leaders. She teaches pragmatic skills that students can use immediately.


Her Range:

Diane’s eclectic style enables her to excel whether coaching an individual, speaking to hundreds from a stage, facilitating a meeting, conducting a seminar, media training athletes, or giving an online presentation. She has worked with a broad range of clients including accountants, athletes, lawyers, engineers, entertainment celebrities, exterminators, financial analysts, pharmacists, physicians, realtors, retailers, sales professionals, stockbrokers, and underwriters. Knowing that most U.S. audiences are multi-cultural, she weaves cultural communication into her presentation skills program.


Her Reputation:

You probably saw Diane on CNN or in her many live appearances. Her insight is sought-after by the media. She has been quoted in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The LA Times, Newsday, PR News, Business Week Online, Entrepreneur, Investor’s Business Daily, Sales & Marketing Management, and Selling Power.