Speaker – Dianne Chipps Bailey

About Dianne Chipps Bailey…

Dianne Chipps Bailey leads nonprofit consulting nationally for US Trust, a division of Bank of America. She believes in the power of nonprofits to positively impact our world by advancing education, improving health and elevating our shared humanity. Her one true love among local nonprofits is the Women’s Impact Fund. She is proud – sinfully so – to be one of the original 158 members. Her passion for women’s leadership in philanthropy extends to the Women’s Philanthropy Institute national council, for which she serves as Vice Chair. A recovering lawyer, for nearly twenty years Dianne represented nonprofit organizations in all aspects of their organization and administration. Dianne is a faithful community leader, previously chairing the boards of the Women’s Impact Fund, Discovery Place, Mecklenburg Bar Foundation, Presbyterian Hospital Foundation, Women Executives and First Presbyterian Church Diaconate, where she also served as an Elder. Dianne has mixed feeling about the awards industry. She has nominated many amazing friends for well-deserved honors and also received more engraved Lucite than she deserves. Two of those awards caught her attention, however. In 2018, she received the Leadership Charlotte Circle of Excellence award, which is presented annually to a graduate who has demonstrated outstanding leadership qualities. In 2015, Dianne was named The Mecklenburg Times Woman of the Year. Everything you need to know about Dianne is in her Twitter bio (@Dianne_C_Bailey): Evangelist for nonprofits | Advocate for leaders | Community activist | Yogini | Wife & mother – in that order | Unapologetic optimist!


Learn more about Dianne’s Talk…

Title: The Unapologetic Optimist
Description: Many toss away optimists like used Kleenex. Or worse, find disdain in their bright-eyed hopefulness. But, research shows that optimism improves your health, makes you impervious to pain, and increases your willingness to take risks expecting the future to be better than the past. But what interests me most is the role optimism plays in creating meaningful and necessary social change.
What do you want people to learn from your talk? If you are an optimist, people will assume that you are:

1- An ignorant and naive Pollyanna

2- Likely to waste money on lottery tickets because it’s not “if” you will win but “when”!

3- Chronically late

And they might be right!!
What action items do you want people to take away from your talk? But don’t let the positivity backlash diminish or distract from the ultimate power of optimists like Albert Einstein, Steve Jobs, Nelson Mandela, and Pope Francis.

Optimism brought us quantum physics and the iPhone – and one day may cure cancer and create the change our city and world desperately need.

With audacious and unapologetic optimism, together we can create a future worthy of our dreams!!


Learn more about Dianne…

Where is your hometown? Sacramento, CA
What are your hobbies? Practicing yoga, hiking, eating pimiento cheese, scrolling my Twitter feed
What are you passionate about? Aligning missions to create movements for positive social change
What is the best compliment you’ve received? 10-10-10 from three judges I revere and adore at Charlotte Ballet’s Dancing with the Stars Gala
What do you want to be remembered for? That I inspired others to recognize and activate their personal superpowers
How do you push the boundaries? Keep smiling!
What does your happy place look like? Charlotte, NC
What is one thing that you’d like to share that is not commonly known about you? N/A… for better or likely worse, I’m an open book


Thoughts on Charlotte

What part of town do you live in? SouthPark
What draws you to Charlotte? Charlotte dreams in technicolor
Where do you see Charlotte in 5 years? In 5 years, Charlotte will be on the path to creating meaningful and enduring opportunities for economic mobility


Our most important question…

What animal will most likely be our future overlords? UNICORNS