I’m Diana Montalion.
Workshop creatrix, systems architect, author, Mentrix founder
Before I learned to code, I was an actor, writer and independent bookstore owner. I taught self-developed courses in improv, writing, fitness, logical thinking and many other topics. I was selected for the Stonecoast Writer’s Conference and studied creative nonfiction writing with Diana Hume George. I thought writing would be my life.
Fifteen+ years ago, I quit my communications career to pursue a career in tech. It’s been an amazing journey. I’ve built software, led teams and architected systems for clients like The Economist, The Wikimedia Foundation and Stanford. I gave trainings and talks on programming and architecture all over the world.
Here’s what I discovered along the way: technology architecture is a communications career. I didn’t quit anything — I continued evolving. I’m not alone; teams and organizations who are transforming succeed when they can think, communicate and learn well, together.
Now I integrate my skills to teach, publish, architect knowledge systems and help organizations transform. It’s a satisfying way to approach work … and life.
My family and I live in the bountiful Hudson Valley, New York (USA). My hair is usually pink or purple (or occasionally teal).
Recent Talks and Interviews
I publish a weekly newsletter, From Software to Systems. You can read recent editions here. Browse all recent talks, interviews and workshops. For more information about Mentrix, visit our website. For entertainment, read an alternative about me.