Speaker & Moderator
Diana Cutaia is the owner and lead peacemaker. She has been involved in athletics in a number of capacities for 20 years. From 2005 to 2012 she was the Director of Athletics for Wheelock College where she was able to grow the department from 5 sports to 11 adding mens’ sports for the fist time in school history. Her unique approach was featured on the front page of the Boston Globe, NCAA On Campus, and Athletic Management Magazine.
Cutaia also began the first ever academic program in Sport-based youth Development at Wheelock College where she taught several courses (Sport and Society, Intro to SBYD and Intro to Youth Sport Coaching). She most recently taught a Leadership in Coaching course for the Institute for Rowing Leadership. For the past two years Cutaia has served as Emcee for the NCAA National Student-Athlete Leadership Forum and has presented to colleges on topics ranging from diversity and gender equity to sportsmanship and decision making.
Prior to arriving at Wheelock, she served as the Acting Executive Director of the Massachusetts Governor’s Committee on Physical Fitness and Sport. Cutaia served the Committee assisting in the launch of a new public awareness campaign and website and hosted the first-ever, Stars & Strikes fundraiser which raised funds for the outreach and promotion of physical activity for children in the Commonwealth.
Cutaia has held positions in marketing and human resources and began her own company, Advance Sports Educational and Consulting Services, in 1999. Advance Sports offered a multitude of services including conducting motivational and educational presentations, produced an instructional CD, and developed S.O.A.R. camps, which creatively introduced sports to young girls. Cutaia has also served at the Boston Public Policy consultant for the Women’s Sports Foundation was the co-founder of the Boston Women’s Athletic Administrators Network.
Cutaia’s coaching experience includes serving as head women’s basketball coach at Curry College, and as assistant women’s basketball coach at Mount Holyoke College. She began her collegiate coaching career after spending three years on the high school level as the head women’s basketball coach at Norwalk Community College where she took the women’s basketball program to National Standing in only four years. Her Panthers finished three seasons ranked # 1 in the New England Region and among the top eight in the Nation.