TCW Talks to ... Diane Paddison

Real-estate executive and author Diane Paddison on using our professional gifts, living our faith, and loving our families—all at the same time

Diane Paddison's professional career has taught her that many women struggle to make family, career, and faith fit on the same plate. So she's doing something to help. The founder of 4word and author of Work, Love, Pray. Paddison seeks to connect, lead, and support professional Christian women. TCW talked with her about how women can achieve their God-given potential at work and at home.

How has God uniquely equipped you for connecting, leading, and supporting professional Christian women to achieve their God-given potential?

I had the opportunity to be a farm girl, go to the East Coast, get my MBA, then go to work in the commercial real estate business. I ended up in the C-suite of two Fortune 500s and one Fortune 1000 company. During that time I was married, then a single mom with two kids, and then remarried, and now have a blended family with four kids. So I've been in different stages of relationships and can relate to single moms, blended families, and all in between. I knew the whole time there was no way I was doing all this on my own. If it wasn't for my faith through those ups and downs, there is no way I could have done it.

I've had a lot of women come to me and ask, "Can we have coffee?" "Can we talk about how you do this?" "How did you navigate your career when you made more than your spouse?" It was obvious there was a need out there. And I also felt pleasure when I had the opportunity to mentor other women.

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