about the speaker
Diane Laney Fitzpatrick is the author of the book Home Sweet Homes: How Bundt Cakes, Bubble Wrap, and My Accent Helped Me Survive Nine Moves (www.HomeSweetHomesBook.com), a collection of wit and wisdom based on lessons learned over a series of cross-country relocations over the past 30 years.
A native of Hubbard, Ohio, she graduated with a degree in journalism from Kent State University and began her career working as a reporter for newspapers in Northeast Ohio. She wrote for the Niles Daily Times, the Coshocton Tribune, the Morning Journal in Columbiana County, the Warren Tribune-Chronicle, and The Vindicator in Youngstown. She was editor of the Sun Press, the Sun Messenger and Sun Observer, community weekly newspapers in Cleveland.
Diane then redefined the meaning of “stay-at-home mom” through an odyssey that involved moving her family nearly 7,000 miles, to and from Ohio, Virginia, Illinois, New Jersey, Kentucky, Florida and California in support of her husband’s career (which included time in Akron). As she did so, she learned to laugh about the trials and tribulations of a nomadic lifestyle. While on the move, Diane has been a freelance writer for print and online publications and has written a popular humor blog, “Just Humor Me,” for the past seven years. Diane has appeared on The Today Show and been featured in the Wall Street Journal and Chicago Tribune. More importantly, one of her tweets was “favorited” by comedian David Spade.
Diane and her husband, Tim, have three grown children in Moscow, Russia, Washington, D.C., and South Florida. The couple moved to San Francisco last year, where she is still unpacking.
Deborah L. Wince-SmithPresident and CEO, Council on CompetitivenessJuly 20, 2017
Chief Calvin D. WilliamsChief of Police, City of ClevelandAugust 17, 2017
Matthew J. WilsonPresident, The University of AkronSeptember 21, 2017
Deborah DelisleChief Executive, Association for Supervision and Curriculum DevelopmentOctober 19, 2017
Melissa MerryweatherDirector, Green Consult-AsiaNovember 16, 2017