Diana Kander

Diana Kander

New York Times Best-selling Author, Serial Entrepreneur & Forbes Contributor
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Innovation Health Check:​ The Questions Leaders Need To Ask To Create A Culture Of Innovation
The life-cycle of existing business models is getting shorter and shorter every year. Built-to-last doesn't exist anymore. The question now is whether your company is built to last the next 10 years. This riveting talk will give you the necessary questions to conduct an innovation health check to help you figure out if you run an innovative organization that's taking the necessary steps to deal with impending change.

​The Innovation Mindset: How Every Employee Can Contribute To A Culture Of Innovation
This all-company keynote empowers employees at every level to seek opportunities for innovation. You can't expect your entry level employees to come up with new $100 Million product lines, but you can ask them to recognize opportunities for innovation through their everyday interactions with customers.

​ Entrepreneurial Selling: Understanding Your Customers Better Than They Understand Themselves
Entrepreneurs seem to sell differently than everyone else. They don't just create customers, they create raving fans who love to broadcast their loyalty and admiration to anyone who will listen. How can established companies create this level of excitement and passion? This keynote presentation will help you not only identify them but understand what's driving their purchasing decisions.

Entrepreneurial Mindset: The 4 Counterintuitive Reasons Most New Businesses Fail
Most entrepreneurs have heard the phrase "follow your gut!" Well it turns out that most of our guts are leading us in the wrong direction. After many years of researching what separated successful serial entrepreneurs from those who couldn't seem to get a business off the ground, Diana Kander has discovered 4 Counterintuitive principles that separate the two groups of people. This talk will help you understand and apply these principles to your work, no matter what innovation you are trying to achieve.


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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 non-profit 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 non-profits 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.

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