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 grateful 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 but has found great joy in nominating amazing friends for well-deserved honors. She also has been recognized for her civic leadership. In 2018, she received the Leadership Charlotte Schley 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 (follow her! @Dianne_C_Bailey): Evangelist for nonprofits & philanthropists | @USTrust National Practice Executive | Wife & mom | Civic activist | Yogini | Unapologetic optimist!


Learn more about Dianne’s Talk…

Title: The Case for Fierce Optimism
Description: Optimism is not just the stuff of fairy tales. Fierce optimism is the rocket fuel for mission-aligned movements for community transformation. Against all odds, stand firm with your optimism – because it’s good for you and even better for us!
What do you want people to learn from your talk?

  • Never apologize for being an optimist.
  • Anger and optimism are not mutually exclusive; in fact, this may be the most powerful combination.
  • Optimism is good for you individually and even better for us as a community.
  • Every child, regardless of the circumstances of birth, deserves to believe in a future full of possibility.
  • In this community, we should be fiercely optimistic about achieving our goals related to economic mobility because we’re already climbing mountains together.

What action items do you want people to take away from your talk?

  • Understand the power of optimism to improve health and quality of life.
  • Discover your personal passion and connect it with a broader movement for community transformation.
  • Engage in the community by volunteering and voting.
  • Share your abundant social capital well beyond your inner circle.
  • Be optimistic about our community’s ability, with your support, to create change that is meaningful and enduring.


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