If you want 1 year of prosperity, grow rice.
If you want 10 years of prosperity, grow trees.
If you want 100 years of prosperity, grow people.
– Chinese Proverb


Dianne M. Durkin is an adjunct professor in the School of Management at UMASS Lowell, the MBA Program at Plymouth State University and Daniel Webster College. She teaches Leadership Processes, Building Relationships that Last the Test of Time, and Powerful Presentations Skills.

She ranked as one of the top professors at each institution, with a 4.87 rating on a 5.0 scale and the following comments reflect the impact that Dianne has on her students.

Student Comments:

“This was the best course I’ve taken throughout my college education.”
~UMASS Lowell Student

“This course provided me practical tips for the work environment. I’ve already used a lot of the information and will definitely use much more when I get a full time job vs. part time job.”
~UMASS Lowell Student

“I would just like to say thank you very much for the insights you shared this past weekend. I have already had the opportunity to practice empathetic listening. I have also caught myself contemplating how my actions with make others feel- something I never realized I did. I am practicing the skills we covered; it has already paid off with one angry customer.”
~Plymouth State University Student

“Thank you. It is just hitting me that I am done, it has been a long journey. I am glad that I chose your class as my last one, I do believe it will help me in every aspect of my life…Awesome class.”
~Plymouth State University Student

“I had an interview today and after it was over the two interviewers seemed to feel I may even be a good fit for the position. They said they would notify me in a few days. Although, even if I don't, I have to thank you so much because much of what I said came from taking your class. I was able to articulate my true feelings toward some "scenario / what if" questions because of all I learned in your class about building trust, recognizing the differences in generations, and through your class, I was able to see what my managing style is/would be like.”
~UMASS Lowell Student

“Ever since I let my bad seed employee go not only have I experienced more cohesiveness among the staff but also an overall increase in the Department's morale. I recently have fired two more very low performers and the place is now a dream job. Thank you for helping me change my leadership style!!
~Plymouth State University Student

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