The Expat Woman

Diane Najm

Diane is a dynamic professional with a multifaceted background: Visionary CEO/Founder PhotoPad, Inc. and two innovative tech photo platforms coming from a non-tech background, captivating Keynote Speaker, passionate advocate for women’s empowerment,  Social Worker trusted advisor to startups, women leadership boards, and mentor within the startup community. Recognized with numerous prestigious awards honoring excellence in women’s business leadership. Committed philanthropist dedicated to making a positive impact in communities worldwide. Daughter of Greek immigrants in the US, she is based in Seattle but also spends time in Dubai. 

She has been a member of The Expat Woman since August 2019.

Learn more about Diane in this interview below

Where are you originally from and where do you currently live?

Originating from the suburbs of Detroit, my journey has been one of constant motion and purpose. From traversing multiple states to immersing myself in the vibrant tapestry of global cultures, I’ve dedicated myself to uplifting others as a social worker and entrepreneur, particularly focusing on empowering and championing the success of women and girls.  I currently reside in Seattle, my connection to Dubai remains strong, with frequent journeys back and forth. Each step of this remarkable odyssey has enriched me with invaluable experiences, shaping me into a more compassionate advocate and a global citizen committed to making a difference wherever life takes me.

What has been one rewarding thing about living abroad?

The most enriching aspect of my travels and experiences living abroad lies in the profound transformation they have sparked within me. Each destination has not only deepened my appreciation for diverse cultures and communities but also catalyzed the growth of my inner and outer confidence. Stepping beyond the confines of familiarity forced me to confront challenges head-on, pushing me out of my comfort zone and fostering resilience. Through this journey, I have emerged stronger, more adaptable, and imbued with a profound sense of understanding of different cultures.

What is one fun or random fact about you that people don’t know?

I possess a few intriguing fun facts! Firstly, I am a skilled flutist and had the privilege of performing in my college symphonic band. Additionally, my musical talent shone brightly when I showcased it as a finalist in the Miss Mt. Clemens Pageant. Moreover, my career as a social worker took an unexpected turn when I found myself on the cover of the National Enquirer, after all, “inquiring minds want to know.”!

What is one tip you would like to share with new expats

A vital piece of advice for any new expatriate is to prioritize building connections within the community of your new country. Immersing yourself in local networks not only eases the transition but also facilitates navigating the nuances of your new life. Consider joining women’s networking groups, reaching out to professionals on LinkedIn who are based in your destination country, or becoming a member of The Expat Women’ networks  that Nyna Caputi offers. These avenues offer invaluable support and guidance.

Your personal mantra or quote

My personal mantra revolves around surrounding yourself with mentors who continually challenge your perspectives and encourage you to step out of your comfort zone, even when you may feel unprepared. It’s through these experiences that the most learning and growth occur.

What do you like about being a member of The Expat Woman?

Belonging to The Expat Women organization presents an exceptional opportunity for forging meaningful community ties, gaining access to valuable resources such as training workshops, group coaching sessions, and a plethora of growth-oriented opportunities.

Watch this interview with Nyna Caputi and Diane Najm on The Expat Woman Show

CONNECT WITH DIANE

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/dianenajm/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/photopadforbusinessinc

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Nyna is the Founder and CEO of The Expat Woman, a global platform focused on connecting, supporting and empowering women who have moved abroad or plan to relocate. She is also a LinkedIn coach, consultant, trainer and speaker. LinkedIn played a huge role in my professional journey abroad, helping me build a network of powerful expat women and allies.

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