Below is the draft conference program, the content will be updated with pre-conference and plenary sessions and speakers as we head to May’s conference.


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Diana’s Story

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 an entrepreneur – selling flea market goods to grade school classmates at a markup.

Diana was a Georgetown educated attorney who left her successful law practice to start and sell numerous business ventures, that spanned 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.

Today, Diana is the Director of Innovation Culture and Habits for Maddock Douglas, a Chicago-based innovation consulting firm. In this role, she trains executives and Fortune 1000 companies to be more innovative and inspires employees to think like entrepreneurs. Diana is also the author of the NYT’s Bestseller All In Startup, a novel outlining lessons for launching a successful business, a book used in over 70 colleges to teach innovation and entrepreneurship.


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