Diana Peters serves as the Executive Director/Founder of Symbol Training Institute, a post secondary career and technical hands-on advanced manufacturing training facility in the Chicagoland area. Diana leads Symbol's initiative to combat the skilled labor shortage by providing superior hands-on training and job placement through her institution. She strongly advocates for women's equality in manufacturing by promoting the profession to women and employing several female instructors to assist in her efforts. Diana's passion for workforce development is evident from her proven track record with manufacturing companies who hire Symbol graduates. Under her leadership, Symbol has positioned itself as an employer-driven institute. Since Symbol's emergence in 2005, Diana's endless persistence has helped place close to a thousand of Symbol's graduates into high paying, high demand jobs despite it being during the worst economic recession in years. She has also expanded the course curriculum to strategically place Symbol in position to grow rapidly while providing better service to the manufacturing industry. In 2013, through Diana’s efforts, Symbol was designated a Manufacturing Sector Center for all of Cook County by the Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership. Additionally, Symbol has also recently become a National Institute of Metalworking Skills (NIMS) accredited institution for the Addison location. Diana has served as a panelist on several manufacturing workforce development conferences. In recent years, Diana and Symbol have gained national exposure by being featured in notable publications and media such as Crain’s Chicago Business, Chicago Tribune, NPR, CNN Money and the Washington Post.
In 2013 Diana Peters was also named to Crain’s Chicago Business 2013 40 Under 40 class and she currently sits on US Senator Duckworth’s National Manufacturing Advisory Council. As of 2018, Diana is also the co-President of the Illinois Women In Manufacturing Chapter. She is also the President of Manufacturing Next, a local 501c3 Not for profit she founded which was to help serve youth and women and other under represented populations to obtain careers in manufacturing.