Diana Kander

The Innovation Catalyst

Meet Diana

Diana Kander is a New York Times Best-selling author, serial entrepreneur, Forbes contributor, Kauffman Foundation senior fellow, professor of entrepreneurship, and a sought-out keynote speaker on innovation and implementing an entrepreneurial culture. Diana draws on her experience as an entrepreneur to teach leaders to be more innovative and to inspire employees to think like entrepreneurs.

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Diana’s Programs

The Expert Trap

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DESCRIPTION


Everyone in an organization can innovate and create more value, but their “expertise” is getting in the way. This talk will demonstrate why the more success we experience, the bigger the threat of falling into one of the three expert traps: over-confidence, self-delusion, and fear of failure. Diana will demonstrate how these traps impact our ability to create value for our company on a daily basis and teach attendees a simple practice to increase self-awareness and innovation at every level of the organization. Understand the impact overconfidence, self-delusion, and fear of failure have on your everyday tasks.


KEY TAKE-AWAYS

      • Learn how to request and receive actionable feedback
      • Learn a practice to significantly improve “the way you’ve always done it”
      • Create internal practices to encourage growth and innovation.

AUDIENCE: The Entire Company (great for all-hands events and association meetings)

FORMAT: Keynote (up to 60 minutes)

INCREASING THE SPEED OF INNOVATION

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Are you competing on price or value with your customers? If your focus is on value, (which it should be) are you consistently measuring for success? Do you have the data to prove your value proposition is actually creating value for the customer?

This presentation teaches a methodology used by both entrepreneurs and established organizations to continuously create new value for their customers. You will learn the key questions you’ll need to ask to uncover value-creating opportunities – and exactly how to ask them so you generate deeper insights.

KEY TAKE-AWAYS


      • Change the way you solicit feedback from customers to make it more actionable
      • Learn the key customer questions that will uncover value-creating opportunities
      • Shift the way you compete for business

AUDIENCE: Sales Pros – Sales Managers (great for sales meetings, team meetings, and associations)

FORMAT: Keynote (up to 60 minutes)

 

 

 

 

HOW TO SIGNIFICANTLY INCREASE USER ADOPTION

Of New Initiatives Inside Your Organization

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DESCRIPTION


Have you had trouble getting everyone in the organization on board with new programs and initiatives? Maybe it’s time to try the methodology entrepreneurs use to virally spread new ideas and achieve exponential adoption. You see, everyone in your organization is not created equal; there are four distinct types of users and each group needs to be communicated with in a unique way. This session will give you both the methodology and tools to increase adoption of every new program you roll out as well as under-performing existing programs.

KEY TAKE-AWAYS


      • Understand why your current program or initiative isn’t sticking
      • Learn how to launch new programs the same way successful entrepreneurs launch new products
      • Understand the four distinct types of “users” of programs in your organization and why their differences impact program adoption.

AUDIENCE: Human Resources, HR Managers & Associations

FORMAT: Keynote (up to 60 minutes)

 

 

how to compete on value instead of price

In a Commodity Business

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DESCRIPTION


Are you competing on price or value with your customers? If your focus is on value, (which it should be) are you consistently measuring for success? Do you have the data to prove your value proposition is actually creating value for the customer?

This presentation teaches a methodology used by both entrepreneurs and established organizations to continuously create new value for their customers. You will learn the key questions you’ll need to ask to uncover value-creating opportunities – and exactly how to ask them so you generate deeper insights.

KEY TAKE-AWAYS


      • Change the way you solicit feedback from customers to make it more actionable
      • Learn the key customer questions that will uncover value-creating opportunities
      • Shift the way you compete for business

AUDIENCE: Sales Pros – Sales Managers (great for sales meetings, team meetings, and associations)

FORMAT: Keynote (up to 60 minutes)

 

 

 

MY ENTREPRENEURIAL JOURNEY

And Valuable Lessons Learned

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DESCRIPTION


Diana Kander shares her personal journey; from its humble beginnings (escaping the Soviet Union in the middle of the night), to a successful entrepreneurial career, to writing a New York Times best-seller used in over 70 colleges to teach entrepreneurship and innovation, to advising Fortune 1000 companies on creating a culture of innovation and launching new products and services.

Diana shares three important lessons in her journey: 1). The power of entrepreneurship and how it can transform lives; 2). The power of mentorship and how it can help you achieve what you never thought possible; and 3). The power of creating real value for others.

KEY TAKE-AWAYS


      • Learn what’s holding most “wantapreneurs” back from creating successful companies
      • Shift your thinking on what a mentor/mentee relationship should look like and how it can add the most value to a new company
      • Understand what a community can do to foster and grow successful entrepreneurs

AUDIENCE: Entrepreneurs – Education/Economic Development (great for economic development events)

FORMAT: Keynote (up to 60 minutes)

 

 

Testimonials

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“Diana Kander’s All in Startup and the training that she provided my product management team contains the principles that can make a significant impact on our organization’s business results. My team really enjoyed the hands on interaction with Diana and the mentoring that she provided. The level of engagement from Diana made it really meaningful and much more personal. Most importantly the training has provided a road-map for transforming our business into a more entrepreneurial company.”
– Lexmark

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Your talk at Hallmark Cards yesterday was very thought provoking – you are such a gifted presenter…”

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“Diana spoke at one of our recent Leaders Conferences. We received many positive comments about her message and engaging speaking style. I would highly recommend Diana to any organization who wants a speaker who has lived the life of an entrepreneur and can communicate in a relevant and humorous way what it takes to start a business and be successful.”
– Assurity Life Insurance Company

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“Diana was a dynamic speaker, and I took a lot away from her presentation. She was very energetic and thought provoking.”
– Missouri Small Business & Technology Development Center

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The dialog she spurred continues to shape our thinking today.”
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“Diana was not only engaging but her sense of humor, quick wit and honesty resonated very well with our audience. I think our attendees left our event after hearing Diana thinking about how they can do thing differently both in their personal and professional lives.”
– Lee County/Horizon Foundation

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“Diana’s keen insight and masterful ability to convey hard-earned experiences to an audience in only a few short minutes is extraordinary. Hearing her speak is a truly eye-opening experience and should be required for every entrepreneur or anyone has considered being an entrepreneur.”
SPIN66 Innovation Summit 

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“Diana spoke at one of our recent Leaders Conferences. We received many positive comments about her message and engaging speaking style. I would highly recommend Diana to any organization who wants a speaker who has lived the life of an entrepreneur and can communicate in a relevant and humorous way what it takes to start a business and be successful.”

-Assurity Life Insurance Company

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“Diana was a dynamic speaker, and I took a lot away from her presentation. She was very energetic and thought provoking.”

-Missouri Small Business & Technology Development Center

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The dialog she spurred continues to shape our thinking today.”
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“Diana was not only engaging but her sense of humor, quick wit and honesty resonated very well with our audience. I think our attendees left our event after hearing Diana thinking about how they can do thing differently both in their personal and professional lives.”

Lee County/Horizon Foundation

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Full Biography

Diana Kander – Full Biography

Diana Kander and her family escaped from the Soviet Union when she was 8-years-old. By the time she was an American citizen, she had perfected her skills as a capitalist – selling flea market goods to grade school classmates at a markup.

Today, Diana draws on her experience as an entrepreneur and educator to serve as an innovation coach. In this role, she trains executives and Fortune 1000 companies to be more innovative and to inspire employees to think like entrepreneurs.

How did she get here? Diana was a Georgetown educated attorney who left her successful law practice to start and sell a number of ventures. The businesses spanned a number of industries: software, real estate, hospitality, construction, staffing and consulting. After the sale of her last company, Diana spent three years as a Senior Fellow at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, the largest non-profit in the world dedicated to entrepreneurship and education, and two years as a professor of entrepreneurship in the MBA program at the University of Missouri.

Diana is also the author of the New York Times Bestseller All In Startup, a novel outlining lessons for launching successful products through the story of a struggling entrepreneur making his way through the World Series of Poker. The book has been used in over 70 colleges to teach innovation and entrepreneurship.

Diana lives in Columbia, Missouri with her high school sweetheart/best friend/husband, Jason, and their awesome son, True.

 

Summarized Bio

Diana Kander – Summarized Biography

Diana Kander is a bestselling author, serial entrepreneur, and acclaimed keynote speaker on innovation and value creation. She helps senior executives and Fortune 1000 organizations create a culture of experimentation and value creation. Diana’s NY Times Bestseller, All In Startup, has been used in over 70 colleges to teach entrepreneurship and innovation.

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Diana Kander – Speech Introduction

Diana Kander is a bestselling author, serial entrepreneur, and acclaimed keynote speaker on innovation and value creation. She helps senior executives and Fortune 1000 organizations create a culture of experimentation and value creation. Diana’s NY Times Bestseller, All In Startup, has been used in over 70 colleges to teach entrepreneurship and innovation.

Awards and Honors
  • New York Times bestselling author
  • Wall Street Journal bestselling author
  • USA Today bestselling author
  • 25 Under 25 Awardee by Thinking Bigger Business Media
  • Kansas City Business Journal’s Women Who Mean Business Honoree
  • Enterprising Women of the Year by Enterprising Women Magazine
  • Awarded KC Business Magazine Most Influential Women
  • Women’s Political Caucus Torch Award
  • Ingrams Magazine, 20 in their 20s
  • Former Senior Fellow – Ewing Marion Kauffman, the Kauffman Foundation
  • Contributing author – Inc Magazine
  • Contributing author – Entrepreneur Magazine
  • Contributing author – Forbes Magazine
  • Contributing author – Harvard Business Review
  • Contributing author – Huffington Post

A/V Preferences

  • Handheld Microphone (for Diana)
  • 2nd Handheld Microphone (if there will be audience Q&A)
  • Screen & LCD Projector
  • Diana will be using a PowerPoint and prefers to run her deck from her own Macbook Air from stage. 
  • Mac to PC adapter (to connect Diana’s Mac to the projector)
  • PowerPoint Clicker
  • Other: Small table on stage for notes and water.