Darienne worked with the Fletcher Foundation this year on a strategic plan. . Although she may have not had direct experience in fundraising consulting, her expertise in foundation governance and structural management allowed our foundation to set new goals and a clear agenda. One of the best things that came out of our retreat facilitated by Darienne Inc. was the fact that all of our board members were motivated again and were able to gain focus again on our goals at hand. Today, our board members still talk about how this has been the best retreat thus far and Darienne by far made a lasting impact on our board members with her charisma and knowledge, but more importantly her facilitation skills to bring our board together and have a successful retreat.
W. Chandler LeBoeuf, M.Ed.
Executive Director of Institutional Advancement & Fletcher Foundation
Fletcher Technical Community College
In my experience working with Darienne, I have restructured many aspects of my organization to help facilitate our growth and sustainability.The coaching sessions gave me the tools and, frankly, the boldness to ask for the things that I thought would move us in a better direction and make me more content in my position.Personally, I have become much more intentional about my time.I am now much more careful about overloading my schedule in ways that might prevent me from engaging in self-care.
I’ve gained much more confidence and boldness to ask for what I want.I’ve also learned to trust myself more.
I appreciated her candor more than anything.She called me out … delicately … when I needed it and encouraged and cheered me on, too.I also appreciated her suggestion of exercises and affirmations to help put me on a more positive course.She came into my life at just the right time.I would definitely call her again if I find myself feeling like I did in the beginning of our relationship.
The coaching process with Darienne has been a tremendous assistance to me for planning not only on a professional level but on a personal one as well. I think that we've been taught to separate personal and professional lives from day one, but that's not realistic. To be your best professionally, other aspects of your life need to have balance and sing in harmony with your life and career goals. The program encourages perspective and with this comes the clarity to see each thread in the tapestry and how they weave together to create the big picture.
Darienne was introduced to me right before a big transition in my life. I was about to be an empty nester; a new system was being implemented at work and I was just accepted into a state leadership class. I was a bit overwhelmed at this point.
Darienne has been a huge asset to me personally and professionally. She has a wonderful ability to communicate in a way to help me reach my potential through understanding my strengths and weaknesses. She presented me with different tactics and tools to maximize my strengths, help me navigate through tough decisions and conversations while keeping me accountable. During the past year she has consistently evoked change in how I relate my challenges, ambitions and more.
I'm so excited to have this opportunity to have a life coach!! Darienne has showed me different ways to approach different situations, personally and professionally. I'm so grateful!!
Zondra White Jones
Darienne’s talk was the highest-rated presentation of our Governor’s Conference. She is witty, inspirational and perhaps most importantly, she is authentic. Her story comes straight from the heart, and it spoke to our attendees in a way few others can. We would have her back in a heartbeat!
Kevin Langston - Deputy Commissioner, Tourism Division, Georgia Dept. of Economic Development
What makes Darienne such an effective facilitator is her experience. She’s served on and worked with many different boards, so she knows how to talk to boards. In just an hour with the Bayou Lafourche Area Convention & Visitors Bureau Board of Directors, Darienne was able to get the board to not only understand their roles and responsibilities better, but the importance of developing a strategic plan to really grow tourism in Lafourche Parish. She has put my destination on a path towards measurable success. Partnering with Darienne was one of the best decisions I could have made as a new director who as a strong desire to move my destination forward.
Timothy P. Bush, TMP, CDME, Executive Director, Bayou Lafourche Area Convention & Visitors Bureau
I’ve had the distinct honor of knowing and working with Darienne for almost 20 years. Darienne is not your run-of-the-mill tourism consultant, not the typical leadership coach, and definitely not your average speaker. Equal parts inspiration and motivation, she weaves tales that keep you on the edge of your seat. Thought-provoking tales that provide the listener with tidbits of her experience, wisdom, and her God-given gift of gab. You’ll laugh, you might cry, and you’ll definitely walk away a better leader if you pay attention.
Jeannea Spence, Indespenceable Coaching
The indomitable Darienne is one of the true treasures for the travel industry, and Travel South USA is wealthier having benefited from her advice, counsel, and project leadership. Her company is our GO-TO agency for projects that require the right mix of strategy and tactical organization. She has a confident and friendly manner that puts groups in an environment to collaborate and accomplish even complex tasks that require compromise. She is equally at ease directing meetings with CEO’s and CMO’s, as well as entry-level staff. At the Travel South Ultimate Ad Challenge, Darienne has helped leverage the best deals and best advertising programs for the states, making sure the investments of millions of dollars see a strong return and ROI. Travel South USA has worked with Tourism Builders Inc since 2006 and we look forward to projects for the next decade!
-Liz Bittner, President and CEO, Travel South, USA
Darienne is one of the most intelligent and innovative leaders that I have had the opportunity to work within the tourism industry across our great country. She brings a dynamic personality to each project that we have completed together and her vast experience shows clearly with her ability to process information and produce outstanding results.
-Kyle Edmiston, CDME, Assistant Secretary, Louisiana Office of Tourism
A Speaker, a facilitator, a strategic planner or even a marketer are all very easily found within the world of today’s fast paced – ‘I can help you succeed’, world of consulting. What’s hard to find is a Leader! Darienne Mobley is that unique leader who can put her years of experience within the tourism and hospitality industry to work for you or your organization. If you are looking for a consultant, they are a dime a dozen. If you are looking for a Leader who serves as a consultant, hire Darienne!
-Webster Franklin, Executive Director, Tunica Convention ; Visitors Bureau
Darienne Mobley presented at the 2013 Nebraska Tourism Conference and was one of the highest rated speakers among the delegates. She came to the conference with a variety of great ideas and stories that conference delegates could easily relate to. Darienne is a friendly, warm and engaging speaker who helped them think outside the box by sharing her own personal experiences and background. She came with excellent ideas to demonstrate how niche marketing is important to the travel industry and how it can work to attract visitors to a destination. I definitely would rehire Darienne for a future conference.
-Micheal Collins, Tourism Development Consultant, Nebraska Tourism Commission
Hearing Darienne speak about her career path is inspiring and hilarious. She keeps you engaged with her honest and humble moments that she has experienced. She makes you realize if you want to achieve certain goals in life, you have to accept what life ‘dishes’ out to you and what life skills you have to gain to get there. Thank you Darienne for sharing your story with me!
-Geraldine Bordelon, CMP, Visit Baton Rouge
This year at our Annual Summit, Darienne Mobley was by far the favorite speaker. Her emphasis on leadership and the way that she motivated all of Louisiana’s industry really speaks highly of her. She did an exceptional job. It was very moving and emotional and really put us on a good path to make some really good changes in our lives.
-Linda Curtis-Sparks, Director, Sabine Parish Tourist Commission
Darienne presented a workshop at our 2010 Mississippi Governor's Conference on Tourism. She impressed the audience with her wit, expertise, and hilarious stories. The room was packed and no one left with an empty notepad!
-Chris Chapman, CMP, Mississippi Development Authority, Visit Mississippi
When seeking a facilitator who has a dynamic personality and vast understanding of the tourism industry, we looked no further than Darienne Mobley. With her breadth of experience, we knew that she would be able to energize the group, get ideas flowing and everyone moving in a productive direction. Darienne assisted with the strategic planning meeting for the Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana CVB as well as the board retreat for the Imperial Calcasieu Museum in Lake Charles. Darienne was able to motivate everyone to participate and create synergy, and her follow-up assessment gave a succinct blueprint for action items moving forward.
-Shelley Johnson, LCTP, CDME, Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana CVB
Darienne's enthusiasm about the tourism industry is contagious. She has a wealth of knowledge and hands-on experiences regarding all aspects of the hospitality world. Her programs are very engaging and attendees certainly go away with numerous ideas for both professional and personal development.
-Mary Beth Wilkerson, Executive Director, Ridgeland Tourism Commission