psst! I’m also a certified health coach with a Master’s degree in behavioral change. I offer individual coaching programs.
Hi, I’m Dillan. With my writing, stoytelling and keynotes, I inspire people to be more fully themselves by overcome limiting beliefs and being more resilient.
Because being yourself is hard. And scary. Facing rejection and fear takes courage. Good mental and physical health make the process easier.
That’s why I share stories about the many changes I’ve made in my life, including the successes and “failures”, to inspire people to be who they are and accept other people, too.
Select press for Dillan DiGiovanni
6 Ways to Become More of a Minimalist (Jenn Sinrich, CLASSPASS)
11 Ways to Decide If You Should End Your Relationship If You've Been On the Fence (Carolyn Steber, BUSTLE)
Rethinking New Year's Resolutions (Dave Gentry, WORKBAR)
How to Be a Good Ally to Your Trans Coworkers (Vera Concepcion, REWIRE)
Get Out of Your Own Way (Pamela Henning, PROPELIFY)
7 Ways to Get Over a Winter Slump (Gwen Moran, FASTCOMPANY)
Living without Limits (Kharl Reynado, UCONN)
Surprising Health Problems that Come from Working Too Hard (Catherine Conlon, NY DAILY NEWS)
Select articles by Dillan DiGiovanni
Diversity and the FinTech Revolution Discussed at Newark Tech Week (NJ TECH WEEKLY)
It’s Easier to Sell Ice Cream (THRIVE GLOBAL)
Honoring My Word Like a Man (GOODMENPROJECT)
Storytelling + speaking events:
PODCAST Guest Appearances (click images to listen)
Dillan DiGiovanni is a storyteller and writer who inspires change and resilience through mindfulness and well-being. Dillan’s message and presence make him a relatable teacher for people of all identities.
Dillan is a two-time TEDx speaker and has been featured on PBS. He has spoken at companies like IDEO, Microsoft, General Assembly and he’s a Global Mentor for WeWork Labs. In his talks and stories, Dillan shares 20+ years of expertise in educational theory, diversity and identity development, behavioral change theory and integrative health.
Dillan earned his B.S. in Education from The College of New Jersey and his MEd from Lesley University in Cambridge, MA. He returned home to New Jersey after living in New England for 12 years. He runs on 80s music and coffee and needs to eat more greens. His favorite movie is The Karate Kid and he would definitely beat you in a lip-syncing contest.
I grew up a latch-key kid from a broken home who intuitively chose to thrive as a coping skill. I was a high-achiever with straight As. School peers called me needy, clingy and intense. I showed symptoms of an eating disorder but overcame it without hospitalization or much support from adults in my life.
My life changed when I rigorously pursued personal development in my early 20s.
In the early 2000s, I read The Celestine Prophecy, Ishmael and Why Are All The Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? I felt clear and confident about myself as a spiritual, white, queer-androgynous person until I picked up Just Add Hormones and She’s Not There and was terrified by the stirrings of gender dysphoria within me.
When I became a certified health coach in 2009, I felt empowered and confident in my new identity as business owner and health entrepreneur. I was going to change the world one kale smoothie at a time! I started a successful business with an office in Somerville, MA and toured around New England as a successful speaker and coach.
A decade of weekly therapy sessions and my own self-education paid off when tragedy struck in my mid-30s. After several decades of “coasting” on charm, high intelligence and a good work ethic, my resilience was tested by profound adversity when I chose to transition my gender identity at the age of 34 while bootstrapping my own business as a coach and speaker.
Within months, I lost my whole family, the person I considered a partner and friend, and my own sense of self. My business brand suffered from the stigma of cultural transphobia. But I persevered through a self-funded, self-designed master’s degree program and found comfort and clarity in my research about behavioral and cultural change.
In 2016, on the edge of burnout, I chose intentional isolation in the woods of Vermont to integrate all I learned and heal myself from the PTSD, anxiety and depression of my transition and life, in general.
I’d barely emerged from the woods ready to return to Boston when I faced the sudden death of my beloved therapist of 10 years. Reeling from shock, I spent another 6 months traveling around, continuing my journey toward total transformation. I finally landed back home in New Jersey, by choice, to integrate former and present versions of myself to move forward powerfully.
I’ve experienced eating disorders, accidents, surgeries, heartbreaks and countless instances of personal and professional struggle. I benefit from white privilege but deal with daily struggles as an out trans* person.
As I’ve navigated through all this, I’ve learned a lot about identity and resilience. I share all of what I’ve learned and who I am in my work with clients, in my storytelling and keynotes, and in my writing.
I look forward to sharing them with you.
As a Buddhist of 20 years, my mindfulness has taught me how:
to be a work in progress, constantly adjusting to life and adapting to THRIVE
to embrace minimalism and live modestly because we need less than we think we do
to have more money in the bank and a better credit score now than from any 9-5 job
to enjoy total freedom every day of my life
to know who I am and what I want
to embrace being single with no children, by choice (for now)