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Diana Kander

Diana Kander

Diana Kander

Diana Kander’s 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 is a successful entrepreneur, having founded and sold a number of ventures, a Professor of Entrepreneurship at the University of Missouri and a Senior Fellow at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, the largest nonprofit in the world dedicated to entrepreneurship and education.

A Georgetown-educated attorney who left a successful practice to launch her first company, Diana draws on her experience as a founder, investor and academic to train companies and nonprofits how to be more innovative and how to get their employees to think like entrepreneurs.

Diana is the author of All In Startup, a New York Times best-selling novel outlining lessons for launching successful products through a story of a struggling entrepreneur making his way through the World Series of Poker.

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

Speaker Summary

Contact us for more information on booking Diana for your next event, or call Stephanie Savage at 630‑563‑6454.

Innovative Leadership: The new mindset required for leaders to survive in today’s economy

Question: Are your leaders fostering a culture of innovation, or are they just managing? There’s a big difference and it might mean the life and death of your company.

Description: The fast pace of change in today’s economy requires that ideas for innovation (whether they are internal improvements or new sources of revenue) come from all parts of the organization. But the training of traditional managers stifles innovation and often forces innovative employees out of the company. This interactive presentation will demonstrate the mindset today’s innovative leaders have to possess.

Key Outcomes and Takeaways:

  • Learn the new skill set required of the innovative leader
  • Discover common pitfalls of innovative leadership
  • Understand how to create an internal culture of innovation so that every employee is a resource to the effort

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