Testimonials

What have people said after coaching with 45 Degrees?

Lou G,  Human Resources VP
In partnering with Diane, we were able to identify appropriate strategies to propel my life and career to the next level. Diane fostered an environment that allowed us to cut through all of the chaos and lack of balance in my life. In doing so, this led to self-propelling outcomes such as increased confidence, clarity on the true meaning of balance for me and a resolve and motivation to make positive, game changing decisions. Time very well spent on discovering the meaning of optimum performance and best self…in my personal and professional life. Choosing to partner with Diane & 45 Degrees was truly one of the best decisions and personal investments I’ve made to date!

Andrew M, Director of Finance/CFO
Diane is an excellent career coach and I would highly recommend her to others looking for career change assistance. Diane was particularly helpful to me in clarifying my core career interests and strengths. She is very insightful, well organized and committed to facilitating your objectives. It was a pleasure to work with her.

Timothy G, Manager Global Accounts
“Fred has been a mentor and coach for me going on 10 years now. His guidance has helped me through many challenging situations and his coaching has helped me challenge myself and elevate my career. He is a big reason I have found success and enjoyment in my career and I’ve witnessed him have a similar impact on many others.”

Katherine J, Sr. Marketing Manager, Americas
After a series of very effective career coaching sessions I hired Diane to conduct a one-day career development workshop with my marketing team. The response was unanimously positive! It gave my team members a chance to expand their thinking about their lives and careers and gave us tools to be more effective in our jobs and personal lives. I highly recommend this workshop to anyone who is leading a group of busy professionals.


“You have a great talent in helping people uncover key items that make a difference, and developing a strategy for accomplishment leading to success and fulfilment. I’m thankful for your keen insights and wisdom and would highly recommend you to anyone!” – Non-Profit Director, Chicago


Susan R, Executive Director NFP

I’m so thankful to the friend that recommended that initial conversation with Diane.  I had no idea the difference the right ‘coach’ could make! Diane has helped me reflect on where I have been and where I want to be and has helped guide me to a better place both personally and professionally.  She has an amazing ability to listen, pull out the most important pieces and then make suggestions that help you put them all in the right place.  I highly recommend her if you know you want to make a positive change toward living a more fulfilled life.

Rob S, Manager Intermodal Operations
True mentorship is all about being passionate about the success of others. Where Fred excels is knowing how to connect with people so that it is easy for them to accept his guidance. He has helped me to gain clarity and understanding for how I should handle some of my situations with the people that I report to, and been very good at giving a different perspective. Fred portrays himself with ultimate humility which gains the respect of other people. He provides candid feedback from multiple perspectives to give people the knowledge needed to make an effective, impactful decision.

Derek B, Internet Strategist and Marketer
Diane is a phenomenal coach and I can’t thank her enough! I utilized her business coaching initially which made amazing change for my business with an enhanced focus and purpose and drive to be more for my clients. Diane has an amazing gift of listening, motivating and then inspiring me to be more for myself and my family as well as for my business.  I can honestly say that if you are looking for an exceptional coach for either your business or life, Diane and 45 Degrees coaching is the right choice. 

Jackie S, Executive Sales
Diane has a perfect combination of a clear natural gift, as well as, the developed skills for guiding and coaching others with several aspects of their lives. Her coaching has been more helpful in my life than several other efforts combined. She is so positive and forward-focused. I carry the positivity I gain through my coaching with her throughout my week and am able to see the world, my career, and my relationship through a brighter lens. When I am asked what I am most grateful for in my life, Diane’s coaching is at the top of that list. Diane helped align my confidence, sense of purpose and career directives closer to my inner values for a more cohesive focus. I am motivated in ways not possible without her guidance.

Natalie R, Key Account Manager
Fred has coached me to find what makes happy in my career, he has helped develop my vision … not to mention the immense support he had provided to help me reach my goals. He continues to not only be a partner in my success. I cannot thank him enough.

Sandra P, Financial Advisor
Diane has a natural ability to help people see their own possibility.  She has been more than a coach for me; she’s been a thought partner. My time with Diane has helped me define the steps that I need to take to make big changes. I’m certain with Diane as part of my team I will see big results.  


“Coaching with you is different from talk therapy because you help me identify and focus my efforts, rather than just talk about my problem.” – Corporate Trainer, Sterling, VA


Brad W, President/CEO
“I want to express my deep gratitude for the expert coaching you gave me over the last several months. The changes I’ve made to my business and personal routines have produced exponential growth in new clients, income and attitude. In large part, my new success is due to the insights I gained from our work together and the support you gave me to take the steps needed for making change happen. Thank you for all that you do! I recommend your work to anyone who needs to make positive change in their life and business.”

John S, Manager Learning and Development
I have known Fred for 4 years, all of which he has served in varying degrees of mentorship and advisory roles. There are two main reasons that I now continue choosing to have Fred in my sphere of influence: 1) His willingness to be generous with time to help others be better than they were before, and 2) His perspective is always insightful based on his past experiences. I fully endorse Fred as a leader who values relationship as a means to results, who can tailor his message to the needs of the audience.

Matt H, Hotel Manager
Diane’s coaching skill was given to me as a gift at a difficult time in my career. I was skeptical not because of her expertise but that anyone could help me sort out the issues that I had bouncing around my head that were adversely affecting my job. From the very start, I could tell that she was not going to give me the answers, however she was guiding me and being the “voice on my shoulder” to play devil’s advocate to help provide me channels to make whatever changes I felt would reduce or remove the barriers that I was experiencing. It was a very organic process with homework that was very effective in providing me the clarity needed to rework my needs, expectations and demands of myself. This in turn lead me to the path necessary to bring my challenges into focus and eliminate them one at a time. She was critical to getting me to the stage of self fulfillment and career redirection that I have taken. I highly recommend her for any assistance that you may need whether that involves personal or career examination.”

Ronni O., Paralegal
“Professional coaching, personal coaching, and family parenting strategist…I have found Diane Overgard to be extremely talented and knowledgeable as a coach. She is an engaged listener and easily able to identify the heart of challenges and strategize a game plan with her clients. Diane explains that coaching is much different than going to a counselor. She works with velocity. You come away with a recap of your discussion and a list of goals. There is follow-up, and the techniques work. She makes it fun! I wholeheartedly recommend coaching with Diane individually, or in a small group setting.”
​“Thank you for today’s coaching call. Your voice tonality, the tempo and the reassurance is a wonderful talent you have . It was as if all my clutter walked into a closet and left me refreshed, valued and reassured of great things to come.” -Entrepreneur, Chicago​

Robert S, PMP
“Diane has a great talent in helping people uncover what makes them happy and how to find joy in their life. She does a wonderful job focusing in on key items that make a difference and leads you to develop a strategy for accomplishment leading to success and fulfilment. I’m thankful for Diane’s keen insights and wisdom and would highly recommend her to anyone!”

Rachel G., Business Owner
“Diane Overgard has been an incredible influence. I can truly attribute a large part of achieving my personal and professional goals to her coaching strategy and advice. Diane was able to help me establish my purpose and what truly made me happy. From there I was able to use her guidance, achieving where I am today – happy and well balanced in both my personal life and career.”