Meet Diana Montgomery! She is our Public Relations and Event Coordinator at McGrath! She’s brand new here and we’re excited to have her on board!
Diana has an amazing family currently split between two states! Her Illinois family: mom, dad, two older sisters, and two adorable nephews, and her Iowa family: her fiance, Ron! They had been dating for almost four years before Ron proposed to Diana at a castle in Germany this past March. (Congrats on the engagement Diana!) Together they have one dog that they treat like their baby. His name is Bandit and he is 112 years old–at least in dog years! In human years he’s 16. Diana has had him since she was 7 years old so he has been an intricate part of her life!
When Diana isn’t working she’s enjoys being outside in the fresh air. A few of the things she likes doing outside are camping, hiking, fishing, having a bonfire, and running. She admits that she loves anything that involves spending time with family, friends, and being in the great outdoors. Fun fact about Diana: she grew up on a small farm and attributes her love for the outdoors to life on the farm! Being outdoors means more than just fresh air for Diana. She enjoys the peace that comes with it. It helps her block out stress and to really remember what is important in this world.
One of her biggest accomplishments, so far, is graduating from the University of Illinois. It took Diana a lot of determination and confidence to succeed because she had many people tell her that she didn’t need a degree to do what she was studying (hospitality management). She pushed away their doubts and kept at it and is extremely glad she did!
When asked how she handles all the stress in life Diana said, “I ‘shut off’ work when I leave for the day. Of course I’ll tell my familiy about my day, but I try my hardest to let go of everything that is unfinished until 8:00AM the next day. Part of what helps me do this is that I don’t allow work e-mail on my phone and I don’t add work events to my personal calendar. This way I have dedicated time for family and fun without being reminded of any stressors at work.’
“Let your confidence shine. I’ve always been quiet and reserved in professional settings and often I feel that others do not get to see my true self and my true potential because of that fact. Your gender or age have nothing to do with your capabilities as a professional, so speak up – don’t be afraid to ask questions and just be confident in who you are and what you think is best.”
Diana looks to both of her parents for inspiration. She said her parents are both unbelievably strong and determined people. They had three baby girls by the time they were 23 and worked incredibly hard their entire lives to provide a great life for her and her sisters. They became successful in their careers while going to school, raising three children, and in reality, growing into adults. On top of all of that, she has never known her parents to turn away anyone in need–even when they were struggling themselves.