Call Diana Cutaia an expert, and she may insist she has just learned from her experiences in life.
The fact is both claims would be valid. Cutaia, the owner and founder of Coaching Peace Consulting, is a sought-after diversity consultant these days to schools, organizations, and corporations ranging from the NCAA to Nike.
Cutaia’s who’s who client list isn’t just interested in her past as a college athletic department director, a winning women’s basketball coach, or the unique take on coaching that earned her the nickname “Coach Peace.” (The nickname came because she believes that character- and team-building are more important than winning, and that coaching should never involve berating, shouting or any form of aggression.) Her clients also want to tap her wisdom as an out lesbian who recognizes the need for formal antibullying efforts and gender and sexual orientation equality provisions in college and professional sports programs across the nation.
“I’ve been out while working in sports for more than a decade,” the 40-year-old Cutaia says. “And that may seem like a small thing, but barely more than a decade ago many people could not have said the same in coaching and management. So as we hear and see more athletes share their sexual identity without reservation, we need to make sure we prepare for them, so that they know there is a place for them in the game, whatever their game.”
Cutaia says her primary mission is to coach schools, athletic departments, and even individual teams on how to groom students to be leaders and how to foster “balanced and accepting atmospheres.” She also gives workshops on Title IX implementation and sportsmanship. And she has conducted diversity and gender equity workshops for the NCAA and colleges and universities, including, most recently, Southern Vermont College and Salve Regina University.
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