Diane Barrera Turner, M.O.L
Educator, author and public speaker
Publisher/owner of Northwest Retirement Magazine & Past President and founder of the Washington Latino Business Association
Northwest Retirement Magazine serves the over-fifty population in Northwest Washington State. 8,000 issues are distributed per month with articles and information of interest to retirees or those over fifty who are planning for retirement.
40% of the readers of Northwest Retirement Magazine are still in the workforce. Many own their own businesses and others hold executive positions while some only work part time. The magazine has been in publication since 2003 and under Ms. Turner’s ownership has expanded to include publishing of the magazine on-line at www.nwretirementmag.com
Ms. Turner worked in health care corporations in California as Director of Business Development and collaborated extensively with the Latino and senior populations developing Diabetic, vision and Wound Care programs. For fifteen years, through strategic planning, she designed and implemented hospital programs, worked closely with health care professionals and business, community leaders and educators to promote optimum health in the Hispanic and Senior populations. She was also responsible for implementing a Health Care Entry-level Access Training program for High School students who were interested in entering the health care field.
During her tenure in health care, she formed a thirteen-member Latino physician group to serve the growing Latino patient population in Los Angeles County. She was responsible for recruiting physicians from all over the country to serve in a major clinic group in Southern California. In many hospitals in which she worked, she started Community Advisory Boards, which led to the development of health programs that involved alliances with community organizations.
Ms. Turner has created strategic plans for physicians, skilled nursing facilities, hospitals and health care consulting businesses. She has developed and implemented community surveys, conducted focus groups and worked with print media and television to promote health care organizations. Recently, she was the West Coast Regional Director for Paradigm Medical Management, a company that collaborates with hospitals in providing high tech wound care for diabetics and those with serious wounds.
As Past President and co-founder of the Washington Latino Business Association, she garnered recognition, education and resources for Latino business owners in the state of Washington.
The WLBA was the first organization to produce a Latino Business Forum in the State of Washington that became a yearly event with statewide sponsors in banking, insurance and related industries.
Her educational experience includes teaching in Orange County California in public and private schools as well as a teacher of Public Speaking at California State University, Long Beach. Ms. Barrera Turner was an Adjunct Professor at Chapman University in the Organizational Leadership Department.
Ms. Barrera Turner holds a BA in Speech Communication from California State University, Long Beach and a Masters Degree in Organizational Leadership from Chapman University, Orange California.
Her first novel, The Promesa Strategy chronicles a young Latina’s rise to political power. The book includes a review from author, Ray Bradbury and was published in November of 2003 by PublishAmerica. She was a member of the Latino’s Speakers Bureau and is available to speak on Health Care, Latinos in Politics, Leadership, Business and senior issues.