Dianne Floyd Sutton is a speaker, trainer, educator, author, coach, actor and President of Sutton Enterprises. She has spent over three decades providing employee training and development and facilitation services - crafting her career as a pioneer and leader in the human capital development field. Dianne is well-known for her humor, honesty and refreshingly down-to-earth messages. Dianne’s straightforward approach to career and employee management and her ability to engage and entertain her audiences has resulted in numerous requests to share her expertise both nationally and internationally.
Dianne started her career as a recreation leader for the city of St. Louis, MO while pursuing an undergraduate degree in education. She then worked as a middle school math instructor in the public school system, while earning her graduate degree from Washington University in St. Louis, MO. Dianne then held a variety of positions at the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) as an investigator and conciliator in the St. Louis Office and as an EEO instructor and Employee Development Specialist at EEOC Headquarters in Washington, DC. She also worked at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA-HQ) in training/employee development for Agricultural Marketing Services. In 1987, she left the federal government and created Sutton Enterprises in Washington, D.C.
In compliment to her HRD and EEO work, Dianne has served in a number of jobs/positions in which she made her passion for advancing workplace ethics, continual learning and employment rights into a viable regarding career and business. Dianne was an adjunct professor at American University, School of Communication for twelve years. She has been recognized as an outstanding faculty member of the Graduate School USA, Center for Leadership and Management. She has served as a guest lecturer in the academic community (College of Southern Maryland, University of the District of Columbia, George Washington University and Florida A & M). Dianne served two years on the Policy Board of the National Rural Health Association (Kansas City, Missouri) where she actively worked to eliminate health disparities within special rural health populations. She was twice elected as an Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) Commissioner of a single member district in the District of Columbia, representing over 2,000 residents.
Self Employed Magazine published by the National Association for the Self Employed featured Dianne in the article “When Saying No Can Lead to Success.” Ms. Sutton has been interviewed on Bloomberg Business News, Maryland and Virginia Public TV and has testified before a Congressional Committee on Small Businesses. Her diversity experience includes contributing a chapter in the book The Solve Communication Method ™, Working Out of the Bamboo Box with Asian Pacific American and African, European, Hispanic and Native Americans 2009.
She is the author of is Workplace Etiquette: A Guide to Thriving and Surviving in Today’s Workplace and her most recent publication is Workplace Savvy.
When not in a classroom, writing and researching Dianne (Professor D) teaches on-line for the University of Maryland University College (UMUC), School of Business. She is on the Executive Board of the Washington, D.C. based Training Officers Consortium (TOC) and serves as historian.