Author Bios

Diane Gage Lofgren

Diane Gage Lofgren, of the San Francisco Bay Area, is a writer, speaker, and communications executive – and most importantly, wife, mother, sister, and friend.

For the last six years, Diane has served as Chief Communication Officer for a large integrated delivery health care system. Previously, Diane led marketing and communications as well as performance improvement/experience design work at several national and regional health care systems. For 10 years, Diane owned The Gage Group, a full-service public relations and marketing agency in San Diego, California.

Diane has spoken to audiences large and small in the U.S. and abroad on business, relationships, healthcare and marketing and communications, including social media. She also enjoys presenting interactive workshops and webinars, engaging others in conversations to discover new insights and build strong interpersonal connections.

Diane has published nine books and written scores of national magazine articles discussing topics ranging from business and personal relationships to management and marketing.  Her writing has appeared in publications such as Good Housekeeping, Ladies Home Journal, Health, Seventeen, McCalls, Brides, Modern Bride, Reader’s Digest and others.  Just a few of her books include Women I Want to Grow Old With; Get Published: Top Editors Tell You How; Self-Marketing Secrets: Winning by Making Your Name Known; The Confidence Quotient: 10 Steps for Overcoming Self-Doubt; and Change Your Child’s Behavior by Changing Yours.

Recent awards include:

  • San Francisco Business Journal’s “Most Influential Women in the Bay Area,” 2011
  • Best Place to Work in Public Relations,” PR Week, 2009 and 2010
  • PR Week Hall of Fame award, 2010
  • PR People PR Professional of the Year: Nonprofit/Association, 2009

Diane holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism and a master’s degree in mass communications from San Diego State University.  She is accredited by the Public Relations Society of America, a member of the PRSA College of Fellows, and a Director at Large on the PRSA National Board, 2012-2013.

Margaret Bhola

Margaret Bhola, of San Diego, has an extensive background in business, sales and marketing, human relations and corporate wellness programs. She became a top national sales producer for several large companies and is known for being an effective leader and team coach. She has been a featured speaker and trainer at the national level. Her expertise with both large and small companies is in distinguishing barriers to success and designing actions that result in higher sales, profits and revenues, as well as customer and employee satisfaction.

Margaret specializes in establishing corporate wellness programs and helping health professionals implement nutrition programs in their practices. She is a wife, mother of three, and passionate about developing and sustaining meaningful female friendships.

Margaret was a teacher and principal for eight years and has traveled internationally. She brings her leadership to philanthropic boards dealing with issues such as youth violence, poverty, education, and entrepreneurship. She has mentored Micro-Credit Foundations in expanding their presence from local to a global level and has served on several boards including the Board of the San Diego Women’s Foundation.

Margaret has a unique skill for listening for the keys in conversations that allow her to facilitate effective action in a group so that everyone is engaged, empowered and contributing. Her commitment to breakthrough results engages people in a way that accomplishment and action result effortlessly. In Margaret’s work with leaders, her focus is not on what you need to know and do to be an effective leader, but rather on the “who you are” aspects of leadership.

Margaret’s specialty is working with executives to design and implement culture changes in their companies that results in increased profit within the company. She stands for a world in which everyone experiences themselves as unstoppable in their health, businesses, and their lives. A world where people are free to invent new possibilities and fulfill on the unimaginable.  Her values—integrity, courage, generosity, and playfulness.