Diana Kander

Innovation Expert

A refugee of the Soviet Union, Diana Kander entered America as an eight-year old resident of subsidized housing in Brooklyn, New York. 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, 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 design and implement curriculum in educational institutions and the private sector.  

A sought-out public speaker, consultant and writer, Diana has advised startup founders and Fortune 500 executives on her methodology for launching customer-focused products and services. 

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

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  • Speaking Topics:

    Innovation

  • Travels From:

    Missouri

  • Price:

    $10,000 - $15,000

    Notes on Fees

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Diana Kander - Lean Startup Conference 2012

Our approach to innovation is dead wrong | Diana Kander | TEDxKC

A refugee of the Soviet Union, Diana Kander entered America as an eight-year old resident of subsidized housing in Brooklyn, New York. 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, 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 design and implement curriculum in educational institutions and the private sector.  

A sought-out public speaker, consultant and writer, Diana has advised startup founders and Fortune 500 executives on her methodology for launching customer-focused products and services. 

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

To book Diana Kander call Executive Speakers Bureau at 901-754-9404.

Diana's has delivered keynotes to audiences ranging from small corporate groups to large audiences of over 3,000. 

Sample topics include:

  • Creating a deep understanding of your customers 
  • Figuring out when your customers lie to you
  • Conducting a company Innovation Health Check
  • De-risking new initiatives before investing significant time and capital
  • Defending your company from entrepreneurial competitors
  • Getting your employees to think like entrepreneurs
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Vice President of MPowered Entrepreneurship

"Diana continues to shine as one of the best speakers we have had the pleasure of hosting at the University of Michigan's Distinguished Innovators Speakers Series. We regularly see the likes of the CEOs of Ford, Skype, and more, and Diana was an outstanding addition to this lineup. She has an incredibly special way of connecting with students, and has truly done it all. She talks the talk and walks the walk, and brings it all together with her direct, energetic speaking style that had our 400+ student audience at the edge of their seats. She was very much relatable and an absolute thrill for us, and she is a must-host!"

Co-Founder - Big Omaha

"Diana's talk was amazing. It was one of the most talked about presentations at our two day event - both over social media and in person at the event itself. She was funny, engaging, thought provoking and truly able to connect with the audience - and it definitely showed. The gushing praise we received from our attendees was overwhelming."

Director of Entrepreneurial Science, Lean Startup Machine

"Our program, Lean Startup Machine, trains entrepreneurs how to develop their ideas into scalable companies. We were lucky to have Diana serve as a keynote for one of our programs to help attendees understand the importance of finding problems worth solving. We can't take Diana with us to every program we run, but we now use this video every time I teach. Diana's message is concise and easy to understand. I've used it in training programs all over the world. From just a 5 minute video I have had teams reciting the key takeaways throughout the entire workshop and even as I continue to coach them afterwards. "
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