Dianne Maroney

Dianne Maroney

Dianne Maroney, believing that the extraordinary stories of ordinary people would touch and inspire others, founded The Imagine Project.


Dianne Maroney was born and raised in Denver, Colorado. She holds a Masters in Nursing from the University of Colorado Health Science Center, and worked as a Neonatal Intensive Care Nurse for 15 years.

Shortly after her daughter was born 14 weeks premature, Dianne began working in mental health, helping families with premature infants deal with the traumatic effects of early birth. During her years speaking to preemie parents and health care providers across the United States, Dianne met countless individuals who told touching stories of strength, perseverance, kindness and hope.

These stories affected Dianne so much that she wanted to capture and share them, firmly believing that the extraordinary stories of ordinary people would also touch and inspire others. As inpourings of gratitude and excitement spread—including to national media—the idea for The Imagine Project grew beyond those featured in her multiple- awardwinning book, The Imagine Project: Stories of Courage, Hope and Love (©2013, Yampa Valley Publishing). In July 2015, Dianne founded The Imagine Project, Inc., a 501(c)(3) nonprofit humanitarian organization, and refined the mission of The Imagine Project to give kids ages 5 to 18 a voice to “rewrite” their own life stories through guided creative journaling—bringing positive change into their lives and those of future generations.

The Imagine Project helps kids realize that they have power over their story, their story doesn’t have power over them—and gives them the simple tools to imagine their dreams into real life.

PIX Talks

Tuesday Oct. 6, 2:25 – 2:45 PM • re:FRAME stage

Session 3.2.

Wednesday Oct. 7, 3:00 – 3:25 PM • Expo stage