Diane Craig is the President and Founder of Corporate Class Inc. For over 30 years, she has been providing training to multi-national businesses, Fortune 500 companies and government agencies to optimize leadership performance and advancement potential across every organizational level. From C-Suite to new professionals, Diane’s coaching and mentoring equips prospective leaders to progress within their organization.
Recognized internationally for her Executive Presence Training System, Diane facilitates customized executive presence coaching, workshops and seminars to organizations around the world: from Europe to the Gulf Region and across the Americas – North, Central and South.
Private, confidential presentation coaching prepares international executives for high-profile global conferences, addressing large-scale audiences in English and the demands of media interviews. Sessions are conducted in Toronto with dedicated coaching specialists, including instruction to master the nuances of communicating in English.
Diane has witnessed firsthand the global corporate acknowledgement that executive presence coaching encourages talent retention. It enhances senior and emerging leaders’ capabilities and opportunities for advancement – and increases performance to stimulate development of the next generation of leaders.
She established her EP System to integrate personal competencies with organizational goals and accelerate advancement at every stage of corporate life. Its focus is to align academic and technical expertise with individual, professional potential.
“Today, the expressions ‘Executive Presence’ and ‘Leadership Presence’ are often used interchangeably. The foundation of our EP training is to align academic credentials, technical proficiency and professional expertise – to elevate ambitious leaders with authentic executive presence, and fine-tune their leadership skills.
By facilitating our goal to bring-out-the-best, we enable individuals to establish their own personal EP imprint. This emphasis on defining and refining personal strengths leads to the development of truly authentic presence.”
—Diane Craig, 2015
In 2011, Diane launched the Licensee Program, to qualify professional consultants and trainers as Executive Presence System Coaches. This train-the-trainers division offers programs for both corporate teams and independent consultants, including HR professionals and private coaches.
In addition to her internationally expanded calendar of corporate workshops and presentations, Diane facilitates EP training sessions at university business schools: Richard Ivey School of Business, McMaster University; Rotman School of Business, University of Toronto; Schulich School of Business, York University.
Diane also provides private Executive Presence coaching to many leaders in the public domain, including politicians.
Diane is a member of Women Presidents’ Organization. Since 2013, Diane has been a member of the Proctor Gallagher Institute’s panel of experts at Matrixx Events. She is a regular speaker at national business meetings including the HRPA conference, Canada’s largest convention for human resources professionals. Since 2007, Diane has been on Life Speak Inc.’s roster where she provides expertise to aspiring business professionals.
Her perspectives on Executive Presence are frequently sought after by media. She is often quoted in The Globe and Mail and National Post, and appears regularly on CBC and CTV.
Diane’s professional beginnings were haute couture training at Ottawa’s prestigious Richard Robinson Academy of Fashion Design. She continued her education at the Protocol School of Washington – and at UBC and the University of the Pacific (Oregon), where she received her certificates in Intercultural Studies.
Diane is dedicated to community service. In 2010, she completed the NFP Program for Corporate Directors: governance of not-for profit boards. This intensive program was jointly developed by University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management and the Institute of Corporate Directors. Its focus is key accountabilities and responsibilities for NFP leaders.
For 12 years, until December 2016, Diane served as a Board Member for the Trillium Gift of Life Network, the province of Ontario’s organization responsible for organ and tissue donation and transplantation. In 2006, she became a member of the Intriciti Board of Directors.
Frequently heralded for her inspirational role in leadership, Diane is the recipient of many awards including: Governor General of Canada Meritorious Service Medal; Canadian Living Magazine and Avon Canada’s Women of Inspiration Award; Toastmaster International’s Communication and Leadership Award. Diane may be contacted at email@example.com