Our facilitators provide short "bursts of information on the topic" and then ask powerful questions for participants to engage with each other through lively discussion.

We believe that leaders will naturally sharpen each other when given great content and the right environment to wrestle with leadership challenges around their tables.


Did you enjoy a workshop? For a proven strategy and systematic approach to leadership development, ask us about our Group Coaching Experience. 


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“Our administrative team participated in a Strengths workshop facilitated for us by Diane O’Connor. The biggest 'take-aways' from the experience have been for our leadership team to know both our individual and group strengths, and how we can work together to meet the needs of those who look to our team for leadership.


"Diane's presentation inspires you to focus on investing more of your time in your areas of strength.  I believe that by having our leadership team work in roles that support their strengths, Nekoosa Public Schools is moving forward and accomplishing more for the learners in our community.”


Terry Whitmore, Superintendent

Nekoosa Public Schools



“If your goal is to build a strong functioning team, then understanding every team member’s strength is crucial to that achievement.  As such, the StrengthsFinder 2.0 facilitation can assist in this development.

"Diane O’Connor was able to fully engage all participants from a variety of backgrounds who are in diverse positions within our organization.  Ultimately, this assisted us in assuring that everyone is functioning as fully engaged team members.

"What I like about the StrengthsFinder facilitation is that it should be done at all levels of an organization.  It is just as beneficial to the highest level owner/manager as it is to the entry level employee.”


Tim Zacher, VP

Express Recycling Services

Wisconsin Rapids, WI

“Leader to Leader™ has been one of the most beneficial ministries we have offered in the past 10 years. This leadership development experience is still bearing fruit in our church today, as a tool to not only develop leaders but to also help them discover where their gifts and talents lie! I would highly recommend it as an opportunity to help any pastor develop his or her staff in the area of leadership and vision casting.”


Pastor Chuck Schumacher

Senior Pastor, High Mill Church

N. Canton, Ohio

“I want to take time to thank you and Julie for facilitating the Leader to Leader™ training here at Mount Olive Lutheran Church.  The impact on our leadership team here was immeasurable.  The resource material and the group sessions were always insightful, relevant, and pertinent to the subject matter.  As a team we learned a lot about each other, our strengths, our values, and our abilities.  Through the knowledge gained, we will no doubt become better and stronger leaders, which in turn will help us move the church and congregation forward to a successful future.”


Terry J Halligan

Director of Operations

Mount Olive Lutheran Church, Weston, WI 

"Every team can benefit from having a facilitator like Diane who communicates with passion on the topic of team-building and strengths. She was able to weave her own story in a way that inspired us to write our own narrative as we learn more about ourselves and our colleagues and grow together into a stronger team!"

Clint Rogers

Principal, Antigo High School

Antigo, WI

Our Leader to Leader™ Facilitators are independent contractors who have been through Leader to Leader certification training and agree with our framework, principles, and strategies for leadership development, as well our statement of faith. Each facilitator also has their own areas of expertise.

Contact us if you are interested in more information, or to schedule a workshop.

Julie served on the lead team at Christian Life Fellowship in Port Edwards, Wisconsin for 29 years.  She collaborated with Diane to develop the group coaching format and content for Leader to Leader Group Coaching. She loves organizing, and enjoys teaching, training, and facilitating a variety of leadership workshops. Julie is ordained through the Assemblies of God and is a certified coach through AG coaching. She now serves as our chief trainer and leads our team of facilitators. 


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Dr. Richelle Hoekstra-Anderson is a clinical and coaching psychologist who is called to work with people who are at a crossroads in life - whether in their career, relationships, health or self-growth. Besides coaching & counseling, Richelle loves facilitating interactive workshops and sharing her personal story. She brings warmth, enthusiasm and energy to every situation.

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Diane is a Designer, Catalyst, and Coach, and the creator of our Leader to Leader Framework, principles and strategies. She loves coaching high-end leaders and helping them create a culture of leadership development in their organizations. She loves facilitating "Visual Coaching" and Strategy Sessions with individual leaders in her Coaching Room, and also enjoys group coaching, team-building, and strategy sessions with teams. She is a certified John Maxwell Team Coach and Trainer, and earned her Masters Degree in Ministry Leadership through Rockbridge Seminary. She collaborates with other leaders in her community to bring about positive change. 


Contact Diane at:

715-421-3163 or 715-570-0908







Bob is passionate about coaching people to understand sound principles of money management and gain control of their financial future. Besides coaching individuals and couples, he also enjoys facilitating interactive sessions for business and non profit organizations. He is a successful business owner, practicing dentistry and serving as president for Riverhill Dental Associates in Wisconsin Rapids for 40 years. He decided to pursue his passion for financial wellness and started O’Connor Coaching LLC with Diane in 2008, after training with Dave Ramsey. He currently serves as a board member for Coach Connections, a national mastermind group for financial coaches.

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Amy is passionate about encouraging individuals to develop their personal and professional leadership skills.  She enjoys helping organizations identify and grow in areas such as personal strengths and values, team building, shared visions, healthy communication, conflict resolution, and employee engagement. Amy implements a coach approach as she helps people take a step forward from where they are to where they want to be. Key words that describe her personal strengths include: empathy, strategic, responsibility, developer and arranger. Amy has over 20 years of professional work experience and has held a variety of business leadership positions in the areas of Vice President, Marketing, Communications, Human Resources, and Customer Service.  Over the past several years, she’s dedicated her time to various instructing and training opportunities made available through Northcentral Technical College in the areas of business, marketing and leadership. Contact Amy at:



John is currently a Financial Representative for Thrivent Financial and is passionate about helping people plan for the future and develop a sound financial strategy for retirement. After a successful 28-year career as an instructor for Mid-State Technical College, he is excited to shift his focus as he continues to impact our community. He enjoys presenting to groups in business, education, church, and non-profit sectors, as well as coaching individuals and couples. John has volunteered in the church and community in a variety of ways over the years, and enjoys hunting, fishing, and working with his hands. He and Richelle have two grown daughters, Hilary and Bethany.

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Sally is currently the executive director of the Arts Council of South Wood County. Her career has spanned nearly four decades in the public sector, with experience in marketing, event management, administration, purchasing, and facilitating. Learner is Sally’s #1 strength, and because of this, she has embraced not only her own inner “learner” but also enjoys sharing what she’s learned with others in hopes of developing great leaders in the workplace and in our community. Volunteering makes Sally’s eyes light up; and she has the opportunity to do so through membership in Sunrise Rotary and Women United, as well as through Leader to Leader, the Teen Leadership Program, and her church. She has served on the teams that brought Leadercast and Global Leadership Summit to Central Wisconsin.

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