Interview: Diedra Wallis – The Power of Choice

Keynote Speaker, Author, and Singer

Diedra WallisDiedra has made the incredible journey from orphan and “lost cause” to an honor-roll student and college graduate. Her journey of survival –through the adversity of growing up in an addiction-driven household, to the loss of her parents during high school — has enabled her to be a living example that no young person has to be a victim of their circumstances.

Diedra has been speaking professionally since the age of 15. She has been recognized as a Global Young Leader by the Congressional Youth Leadership Council, and served as Miss Yuba-Sutter as well as Miss California-State.

Diedra is well known for her presentations to youth regarding “The Power of Choice” but also speaks for educators on a broad range of topics including a powerful collaborative keynote with award winning educator Dr. Arlene Kaiser. Kaiser and Wallis’ keynote gives an informative and meaningful look at the classroom from both a student and teacher’s perspective. Diedra also shares her personal journey of tragedy and triumph in an inspirational and unforgettable Christian program entitled “Faith Through Adversity.”

Diedra is currently a full time student at California State University East Bay where she is a psychology major pursuing her life’s calling to be a drug counselor.

Pro-Track Profile

Diedra is also a participant in Northern California National Speakers Association 2009 Pro-Track class, where she says she has enjoyed taking her speaking career to the next level and has learned to think-outside-the box as a presenter. Diedra’ presentations have been described as vibrant and gritty. Her goal as a speaker is to combine real life experiences with practical tools that will leave you informed, affirmed, and strengthened. Diedra’s teachings are effective when applied in schools, work environments, service, and faith-based organizations.

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To hear what Diedra had to tell me about her background, including her memories of the very first time she spoke to groups at an early age, click on the podcast icon below.

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Diedra, I just wanted to tell you that I support your ” Power of Choice”! I think it is awesome that you have stepped out and stood up for all of the young people to help them fight the battle out there in society …peer pressure is awful in school! I also really liked your Say NO to DRUGS music video…you all did a wonderful job!! Very COOL!!

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