Diana Oehrli is a life coach, writer, and executive director of a non-profit foundation serving Newport, RI, USA. A former newspaper manager, editor, award-winning reporter/columnist, and Swiss resident, she now lives in Rhode Island, USA. Fluent in English, French and German, she is familiar with multiple cross-cultural lifestyles. As a coach, she partners with high performing individuals, helping them connect with their meaning and purpose.
As a journalist, editor, and New England Press Association award-winning columnist, her articles have appeared in local newspapers in the USA, Switzerland and on the internet, including: Newport This Week, GstaadLife, Anzeiger von Saanen, and Expatica. One of her blogs, Life in the Swiss Alps shares the discovery of her Swiss roots.
Past professional experience includes serving as a strategic planning team member at a mortgage bank in Munich as well as completing training at the German state bank, working and learning at offices in Zurich and Munich. She served as logistics manager for a software company in Gstaad as well as a senatorial aide and election campaign worker/voter registrar in Washington DC and Providence, RI.
Diana graduated with a B.A. in German Literature and European History from Barnard College at Columbia University, New York, NY with a certificate in International Business German from the German American Chamber of Commerce, Inc.
After her years in publishing, she switched careers to life coaching, becoming a Core Essentials graduate from CoachU (coachinc.com). She is a student in Corporate Coach U’s Advanced Corporate Coaching program.
She is an IRI Certified Recovery Specialist and completed the ARISE® Comprehensive Care Intervention program.
Addictions—especially sex and love addiction, alcohol abuse, and codependency—are current areas of interest. (See her work at the Gruben Charitable Foundation) She attends yearly conferences on addiction including iCAAD (International Conference on Addiction and Related Disorders) and CCSAD (Cape Cod Symposium on Addictive Disorders) and is a member of the AICTP (Association for the Integration of Coaching and Therapy) in the UK.
What get's me going?
I love connecting with people.
Being both Swiss and American, I have been exposed to various cultures and backgrounds and feel comfortable nearly everywhere. I believe that every human being is good at his or her core. As a coach, I love to discover what gets my clients fired up as well as to help them identify and blast away any coping mechanisms that are holding them back.
I've changed careers, managed employees, gone through divorce, gone into 12-step recovery, raised kids on my own, and moved to new countries. I knows what it's like to experience loss, and then to look back in awe at my life feeling stronger than ever before. I want this for my clients.
I am a student of Shotokan karate, have played the piano since the age of six and hiked the Swiss Alps. Coming from a family of avid pilots, I hold a single engine license. Meditation, reading and writing are daily priorities. I believe in continuous education, self reflection and development.