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The History of the Inside Edge

Diana von Welanetz and her husband Paul co-founded the Inside Edge in 1985 after a life-altering trip to the Soviet Union with other citizen peace diplomats.  They attended the First International Peace Congress in the Soviet Union with people like actor and humanitarian Dennis Weaver, international lecturer Patricia Sun, spiritual leader Swami Satchidananda, actor and peace activist Mike Farrell, and author Alan Cohen.


At the time, Diana and Paul enjoyed celebrated careers as gourmet chefs, had co-authored six award-winning books, and co-hosted a long-running national television series on Lifetime Network.  They returned from the trip inspired to make an even greater difference in the world.  Their vision was to create a membership organization that supported and showcased authors, leaders, and change agents who were contributing to personal, community, and planetary peace. 

The Inside Edge flourished under Paul and Diana’s leadership with weekly meetings featuring top speakers.  The membership grew to five branches around the Southland.  Sadly, just before the organization’s 5th anniversary Paul died, and Diana carried on as its leader.  In August 1991 she began to think about closing the organization. 

Dr. Michael Coleman then proposed that the Inside Edge could be recreated as a non-profit educational foundation run by a Board of Trustees and staff.  Diana agreed, and together with key help from business notables Joe Broderick, Marty Lopata, Tim Piering and Ted Wentworth, the new Inside Edge Foundation for Education was created in September 1991, with Michael as President and Diana serving as Program Director. In 1992, after seven years of managing the Inside Edge, she moved on and joined the organization’s Advisory Board.

That same year Odile Nicolette became the Program Director. Working in collaboration with consecutive Boards of Trustees and Presidents, Odile played a key role in guiding the organization in its vision and growth for the next 10 years.


In 2003, Dr. Adrian Windsor followed Odile as Program Director and she continues today in this key management position, guiding and directing the organization in its mission to inspire self-awareness and personal growth through education, community and mutual empowerment.   






Directions to the Pacific Club:

From South county – Take the 5 North to the 405 North. Keep Left on the 405 N. Take exit 8 toward MacArthur & go Left on MacArthur. Left on Von Karman & make an immediate Left into the first driveway.  Take a parking ticket at the ticket booth, pass the first building on your right, continuing to the Pacific Club’s parking lot. You might want to look at directions if you use the 73 instead of the 405.
Using the 405 South – Transition to the 73 South. Take exit 15 toward Jamboree Road, onto Bristol Street South.
Left on MacArthur.  Turn on Von Karman and make an immediate Left into the first driveway, take your parking ticket, pass first building continuing on to the Pacific Club’s parking lot.
From Orange & Anaheim Hills – Take the 55 fwy. South, to the 405 fwy South. Take exit 8 toward MacArthur/OC Airport & go Left on MacArthur.  Turn Left on Von Karman & make an immediate Left into first driveway.  Take parking ticket at booth, pass first building on your right, continuing to the Pacific Club’s parking area.

6:45 a.m. – 7:00 a.m.

2nd and 4th Wednesday Morning Meetings:
6:45-8:45 a.m.

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Click on - Upcoming Speakers (home page-upper left)

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