As President of the Diamond Success
Group, Ava is a sought-after speaker, consultant, facilitator,
and seminar leader. Her programs are filled with practical
information—people come away with the inspiration, motivation
and tools they need to succeed. Ava is a featured author in
Real World Management Strategies that Work, which features
twelve of the nation’s top authorities on management
and leadership. She is also the author of Great Quotes from
Feisty Women, a book of inspirational quotations with insight
and down-to-earth wisdom from Ava. She holds a Masters Degree
Ava speaks from over 20 years experience as a Fortune 100
manager, executive director of a not-for-profit agency, successful
entrepreneur, and organizational consultant. She distills
this experience into powerful lessons that inspire immediate
action and get results.
Ava’s unique style combines wisdom, humor, warmth, and
a passion for results. To drive home her points, she uses
stories and examples people relate to—she has an uncommon
ability to connect with her audiences. People describe her
as genuine, funny, thought provoking, passionate, down-to-earth,
and refreshing. They love her combination of practical information
and high-energy delivery. Ava inspires action!
First Gig – In her
When I was seven years old, I asked my dad to set up a card
table and chairs in the garage so I could have a little school
for the other kids in the neighborhood. I invited four younger
kids on my block to come over for my school the next day.
My mom helped me round up paper, pencils, crayons, and elbow
macaroni and string. I also brought out the pink plastic shoe
I’d learned to tie my shoes on.
By the next morning, I was leading those kids in drawing,
coloring, learning to tie their shoes, and making macaroni
necklaces. A career was born!
In the third grade, I volunteered to work with the class of
mentally disabled children in my school. By junior high, I
knew I wanted to be a teacher. My first career, for my first
4 years out of college, was as a high school English teacher.
I then moved into the corporate world, consult and train.
And, I founded a speaking, consulting and training firm in
It all started with a little seven year-old girl who somehow
knew what she loved to do and what her innate talent was.
I am committed to helping people achieve success—in
business and in life.