Diane Sledden Reed
Personal Mission Statement
Diane is energetic, warm, and passionate, and loves to help other people explore their creative potential. She enjoys using her humor and personal stories to engage others to share their stories and dreams. Diane has always had an artistic side and enjoys applying it to her work; she’s a futuristic dreamer with a “what if” mind-set and not afraid to try new ways of doing things.
Diane’s 28 year career in higher education started in TRIO Programs assisting adults of all ages with college admissions applications, financial aid advising, career counseling and academic advising. To this day it’s been one of her favorite jobs in her career - helping low-income and first generation college students with their dreams of obtaining a degree. Eventually this experience led her to 20 years in Career Services at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, and now coordinating the K-12 Virtual Academy for New Hanover County Schools.
Throughout her career, she’s advised students on majors and careers, taught freshmen in First Year Seminar (and still teaching), planned small and large group events, presented to students, faculty, parents and board of trustees, and ran major campus-wide programs. These experiences enhanced her skills in career coaching, strategic planning, marketing, and collaboration with others, all while able to apply her creative energy. She has always been a quick learner and is able to break apart projects or big ideas into smaller details.
Diane believes that it’s important to have hobbies and interests outside of work. For her, these include knitting (if you ever need a scarf, you know where to go), photography (DSReedphotography), and cooking. She lives with her husband, a 30+ year band teacher, two sons, one extra roommate, one dog, and now six cats. She wouldn’t have it any other way.
Education & Certifications
Master of Science, Counseling and College Student Personnel
Minnesota State University Mankato - Mankato, MN
Bachelor of Arts, History
Western Illinois University, Macomb, IL
Areas of Expertise (Diane's CV)
Career decision making / career coaching / assessments
Resume / cover letter / personal statement writing
Job search strategies and Interviewing
Personal branding (LinkedIn, social media)
CLIFTON STRENGTHSFINDER: COMMUNICATION | STRATEGIC | ADAPTABILITY | FUTURISTIC | ARRANGER
MYERS-BRIGGS TYPE INDICATOR: ENFP: EXTROVERT | INTUITIVE | FEELING | PERCEIVING