I'm an integrative identity coach and change agent for people and companies.
Most people aren't given the tools necessary to understand who we are and how to get along well with others authentically and with integrity.
This is because we really aren't taught how to take good care of themselves.
I've spent significant time and energy to truly know and be myself and I share what I've learned with my clients so they can know who they are and what they need to thrive. They also learn what others need and how to provide it.
When we learn how to truly be ourselves, we thrive more and help improve our society.
I strive to help people of all identities evolve together.
YEARS OF EXPERIENCE.
I began my career as a classroom teacher and health food store hippie. Several degrees and certifications later, I'm still teaching people in millions of rooms all over the world. And still learning.
POSSIBILITIES OF PEOPLE.
Our current population. A lofty goal perhaps but I'm off to a good start. And each person I help impacts the lives of many others. Which is why who we are and anything we do makes a real difference.
BUCKETS OF EXPERTISE.
- Integrative Well-being.
- Intra/Interpersonal Development.
- Inclusive cultures.
- Change Management.
panelist speaker at Moving Forward Conference, NYC
panelist speaker at IEEE N3XT Event in Pittsburgh, PA (click to watch)
presenting my signature talk "How to Be Yourself" hosted by New York Code & Design Academy at LMHQ in NYC, NY
guest on Middle Finger to Perfection Podcast
guest on The Lively Show podcast
guest on ONE YOU FEED podcast
guest speaker for CreativeMorningsBOSTON
guest speaker on The Mystery Box Show
Dillan DiGiovanni is an internationally-certified Integrative Nutrition coach, speaker and writer leading a revolutionary conversation about the powerful synthesis of well-being, self-awareness and identity development for interpersonal and professional success.
Dillan's inspirational message and very presence make him a teacher every person can learn from, especially those yearning to understand and be themselves and how they learn to care for themselves and others in that process. His lifelong journey includes constantly evolving nutrition and lifestyle habits as well as shifting career, religious/spiritual and sexual identities. He knows and understands the human experience at a profound level and shares his experiences and subsequent wisdom with audiences and individuals interested in knowing who they are and what they truly need and also how to relate to others with compassion and kindness.
Born and raised in New Jersey in the 80s, Dillan always felt out of place among his family and peers. He spoke up to racist jokes at the dinner table and envied the boys' school uniforms in Catholic school. A middle child in a divorced family, Dillan was told he was "too much" from an early age but channeled those feelings of rejection and sadness into creative outlets, making art and writing constantly. He spent a lot of time alone and sought out movies and books to fuel his understanding of the human condition.
He attended an all-female Catholic school on full scholarship due to his lower-middle-class upbringing. When life pressures piled up, he developed an eating disorder as a coping skill and forever changed his relationship to food and his body. But his academic performance never suffered which led to his acceptance to a dual-major Elementary Education program at The College of New Jersey where he thrived under stellar mentorship.
In 2000, Dillan began his professional career as an 8th grade Social Studies teacher but quit three months shy of earning tenure due to his fear of being out about his sexuality. He shifted to work as an administrative youth advisor for the progressive Unitarian Universalist Church of Princeton while also working full-time at health food stores. These were his "health food store hippie" years, when he learned about alternative healing modalities like homeopathy, herbs and consumed a great many organic jelly beans.
In 2005, Dillan broke out in adult-onset acne but healed with this help of an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach. The experience, like his eating disorder ten years earlier, profoundly impacted his relationship to his face and self-image. The acne healed up almost immediately and Dillan accepted a full-time position working for the UUA headquarters in Boston. He left behind Home as he knew it and began a decade-long geographical and deeply personal transformation. His work at the UUA included extensive training in multiculturalism and Dillan came to internalize identity development and know himself as a white person living in America. He also designed curricula and led trainings and planned events to support adults in nurturing young adult identity development.
In 2009, frustrated with organizational dysfunction at the UUA, Dillan sought out a Plan B and enrolled at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. He immediately realized his true passion and calling and organized a mutual departure from the UUA in December 2009 to start his health coaching practice, which took off and was immediately successful.
In 2012, Dillan took a huge leap of faith and made the decision to physically transition his gender identity. He'd be wearing men's clothing full-time since 2007 but felt it was time to make a grander transformation. His journey through that process is well-documented in his blog and writing at GoodMenProject. He had also enrolled in graduate school at the same time to complete his Master's degree, which he had begun in 2001.
Dillan's gender transition was a turning point unlike others in his life. Whereas for most of his life he'd coasted by breaking rules and being different, this decision cost him profoundly. He was alienated and abandoned by his family and eventually his live-in partner and friends who were unable to support his profound identity transformation and grieving process. His business was impacted due to stigmatization and pigeonholing based on his new expressed identity as a transgender person. Dillan's unique circumstances of destabilized home environment, unpredictable career as an entrepreneur and limited relational resources contributed to his depression and anxiety and even ideation of suicide.
But Dillan held fast to his health coach identity and persevered. For the next four years, living visibiliy and vulnerably as a middle-aged transgender person, sharing his journey on full display on social media, Dillan overcame daily microaggressions while successfully negotiating key client contacts and speaking engagements. He walked his talk and focused on building resilience from within which included impeccable nutrition, more sleep and attending Buddhist retreats for advanced mindfulness study. But he exhausted his internal resources and eventually retreated to the woods of Vermont for extended solitude to heal. It was in Vermont where Dillan's grieving process came up and his awareness of deep trauma that each person experiences began to form a new approach in his coaching practice.
Dillan began combining all he learned and experienced, personally and professionally, to develop new programs and talks and published articles. He saw the synthesis of identity development, well-being and self-awareness emerge as the path toward nurturing unshakeable resilience. Dillan realized how few people knew themselves well enough to engage effectively with others and take care of their minds and bodies to achieve true happiness and success.
And this is Dillan's new mission. From the rubble of his own life falling apart and putting it back together piece-by-piece, he shares his real-world advice for being a healthy, happy person and a helper in ways that actually make people feel heard and seen so the world works better.
Dillan coaches individual clients and teams at companies like Microsoft, IDEO, IEEE, ActBlue, WorkBar and General Assembly and communities of higher learning including MIT, Northeastern and UCONN. His authentic, dynamic presence is engaging and inspires people of all identities. Dillan is also a two-time TEDx speaker. He recently moved back to his home state of New Jersey after living in New England for over a decade. He missed the bagels and pizza and, most of all, the people.
Credentials & Education:
Master of Education, Integrative Wellness, Leadership and Change in Individuals and Cultures: Lesley University, Cambridge, MA
Bachelor of Science in Education, Secondary Major in Art: The College of New Jersey, Ewing, NJ
International Association for Health Coaches (IAHC)
State of New Jersey, Standard Teaching Certificate