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Diana Damyanova

Diana Damyanova

Introduce yourself to our audience. Tell us who you are and what you are currently focused on.

Hello Ladies! I am a former quant, turned strategy and management consultant with experience in variety of industries, most recently financial services. After 10 years in corporate, I took the leap and left that world to start my own Growth and Performance coaching practice where I help people be Satisfied Achievers!

Tell us about your favorite Ellevate Network memory or success story. Why are you a member?

My favorite Ellevate memory is the Mobilize Women conference in 2020 - the level of connection and the passion with which speakers showed up was a breath of fresh air and an inspiration in an otherwise dreadful year.

How would you define your professional mission?

My coaching practice mission is to help unfulfilled overachievers find a fulfilling careers, without having to go through a burnout, sacrifice their personal and family life, and hurt their mental and emotional health.

We’d love to hear more about your career path. What led you to where you are today?

I started my career at a mutual fund in Boston as a quant right before the start of the 2008 financial crisis. Despite the environment I had a great experience. A few years later I realized that my role was becoming too niche. To address my curiosity, I moved to external consulting by way of business school. Consulting definitely addressed my appetite to learn about different industries and functions - so much so that I got to a burnout in three years. Finally, I moved to an internal consulting role at a Bank, which offered the best of both worlds - diversity of consulting at a consistent environment. My last transition was prompted by the pandemic - having some physical distance from work offered me enough space to explore what I really love - developing people. While my role at the time had a talent development element it didn't compare to the potential of running my own coaching practice so I took a leap and left the corporate world.

What is the most rewarding part of your job?

The most rewarding part of my work is that moment when a client realizes how she's been getting in her own way and the incredible possibility that lies on the other side - that moment when she makes the choice to take action and thus set on the path to her North Star.

What legacy do you hope to leave through your work?

Social norms, years of conditioning at work, and our own fears have glamorized busyness and overachievement at any cost. Companies are not incentivized to change the narrative, unless the leader team chooses to empower a culture that puts people first vs. product / service. The legacy I hope to create is for everyone to be able to choose to be a satisfied achiever, regardless of their environment.

Who are your role models?

I have been inspired by so many of my colleagues, friends, managers, and leaders. The ones that have left the biggest mark are those who always put people first. The role models from a thought leadership perspective that I admire moat include Brene Brown, Sallie Krawcheck, Amy Cuddy, Susan Campbell, among many others.

What would you say your personal superpower is?

My personal superpower for better or worse is my authenticity - it has helped me find my voice and develop deep, trusted relationships with my teams, colleagues, and clients.

What does success look like to you?

My definition of success is ever evolving. Until recently success was defined by the elements on my resume - schools, companies, titles, projects, etc. Today, success is living my values, feeling fulfilled, and having an impact.

What is the best career advice you ever received?

The best career advice I have gotten is that nothing is permanent and change is good. From the Great Recession of 2008 to the pandemic of 2020 and many, many restructurings in between this advice has been invaluable. The one consistent element of my career has been that change is difficult and it always comes with an even bigger opportunity.


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