Diana Kander

Entrepreneur Speaker, Exponential Growth and Competitiveness Expert

Diana Kander is a New York Times Bestselling Author of All In Startup, entrepreneur, innovation consultant, and top keynote speaker for Fortune 1000 companies that asks the big question of why big, household brands lose relevance with their customers and go out of business. After detailing her biggest lessons learned in her first book, All In Startup, Kander started receiving requests from organizations to help their employees think more like entrepreneurs. Kander has truly cracked the code on how Curiosity can serve as the catalyst for exponential growth and she thrives on helping organizations understand that they can always get better results if they learn how to ask better questions.

  • Diana Kander`s Keynote Speaker Fee This reflects Diana Kander`s U.S. Speaking Fee

    $10,001 - $20,000

  • Languages Spoken

    English

  • Travels From

    Kansas, USA

  • Diana Kander`s Keynote Speaker Fee This reflects Diana Kander`s U.S. Speaking Fee

    $10,001 - $20,000

  • Languages Spoken

    English

  • Travels From

    Kansas, USA

Suggested Keynote Speaker Programs

The 4 Habits of Innovation

FORMAT: Keynote LENGTH: 75 minutes; includes 15 minutes of Q&A AUDIENCE: Business leaders and managers responsible for ...

FORMAT: Keynote

LENGTH: 75 minutes; includes 15 minutes of Q&A

AUDIENCE: Business leaders and managers responsible for innovation and customer experience measurement; Any organization/association who wants to uncover powerful insights and exponential growth to their entire company; Any organization/association looking to improve their business, relationships, and life

GREAT FOR: all-company meetings, leadership/executive meetings; team/department meetings, associations

TOPIC DESCRIPTION: Innovation isn’t about a good strategy or even a set of lean or agile practices that we teach.  The culture of any team will eat both strategy and training for breakfast.  The only way to make a team more innovative is to change their habits.  This talk will address both the habits that stifle innovation and the 4 keystone habits teams need to demonstrate in order to produce breakthrough results. Diana will also share tiny tweaks teams can make in their existing cadence to start practicing the 4 habits immediately.

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Innovation is a Habit, Not a Mindset

FORMAT: Keynote LENGTH: 75 minutes; includes 15 minutes of Q&A AUDIENCE: Business leaders and managers responsible for ...

FORMAT: Keynote

LENGTH: 75 minutes; includes 15 minutes of Q&A

AUDIENCE: Business leaders and managers responsible for innovation and customer experience measurement; Any organization/association who wants to uncover powerful insights and exponential growth to their entire company; Any organization/association looking to improve their business, relationships, and life

GREAT FOR: all-company meetings, leadership/executive meetings; team/department meetings, associations

TOPIC DESCRIPTION: This keynote will explain the cultural challenges of bringing agile and lean principles into an organization. You’ll learn why it’s difficult to implement innovation tools and skillsets without understanding the existing team habits that will either support or destroy this transition.  And why there are 4 keystone habits that our research has demonstrated innovative teams must practice for innovation to be able to flourish in an organization.

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How to Take Action- And Why Most of Us Fail

FORMAT: Keynote LENGTH: 75 minutes; includes 15 minutes of Q&A AUDIENCE: Any organization or association who wants to ...

FORMAT: Keynote

LENGTH: 75 minutes; includes 15 minutes of Q&A

AUDIENCE: Any organization or association who wants to grow their business or career

GREAT FOR: closing keynote

TOPIC DESCRIPTION: Diana has spent her life making BIG things happen, whether it was launching a multimillion dollar company, writing a New York Times bestseller, or holding a 11.5 minute plank. Diana is going to walk you through why most of us won’t take action on the things we learned at this event and what the tiny tweaks we can make today to make our BIG ideas a reality.  She’ll reveal the secrets the most successful innovators use to turn their dreams into a reality.

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Why Curiosity is the Ultimate Competitive Advantage

FORMAT: Keynote LENGTH: 75 minutes; includes 15 minutes of Q&A AUDIENCE: Business leaders and managers responsible for ...

FORMAT: Keynote

LENGTH: 75 minutes; includes 15 minutes of Q&A

AUDIENCE: Business leaders and managers responsible for innovation and customer experience measurement; Any organization/association who wants uncover powerful insights and exponential growth to their entire company; Any organization/association looking to improve their business, relationships, and life Any organization/association looking for success ways to “future-proof” their business

GREAT FOR: all-company meetings, leadership/executive meetings; team/department meetings, associations

TOPIC DESCRIPTION: Diana Kander has created a new keynote based on her book, The Curiosity Muscle, in which she explains what it takes to stay competitive and relevant in today’s world. The scary truth is that the only thing harder than getting to the top is staying there. And while it may sound counter-intuitive, in many cases, it is the success of a company and it’s growing collective “expertise” that eventually leads to the company’s downfall.

This keynote explains exactly why most companies reaching the peak of their potential, lose their curiosity and crash into irrelevance. From how we develop blind spots about our business, to the pitfalls of feeling like an expert, this thought-provoking, engaging program reveals the smokescreens obscuring imminent threats to long-term viability and walks you through specific ways to boost innovation, uncover customer needs, solve problems, create new value for customers, and increase employee engagement.

Most importantly, Diana demonstrates why curiosity is your greatest asset to drive constant innovation and help your company thrive and become competitive on more than price alone — ultimately, future-proofing your business.

ROI & Key Outcomes:

    • How can you institutionalize curiosity and ask better questions to stay competitive and relevant to your customers and drive growth
    • How you can dramatically reduce the risk of new ideas and create a more innovative culture that leads to results
    • How to determine pitfalls within your organization and avoid falling into the “expert trap”

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How to Use the Power of Curiosity to Solve Problems and Achieve Your Goals

FORMAT: Interactive workshop LENGTH: 90 – 120 minutes AUDIENCE: executives, leadership, management...

FORMAT: Interactive workshop

LENGTH: 90 – 120 minutes

AUDIENCE: executives, leadership, management & associations

GREAT FOR: leadership meetings, team/department meetings, internal meetings, association meetings

TOPIC DESCRIPTION: Doing what you’ve always done isn’t going to get you to extra-ordinary results. If you have a big, hairy, audacious goal or a pervasive problem you’ve been trying to solve, this workshop will provide you with an innovative road-map of getting to the right answer. Participants will come to the workshop with a specific goal they would like to reach over the next year and learn the four essential Curiosity questions that will help them achieve significant results. These four questions are:

    • What are my blindspots?
    • Am I correctly prioritizing my efforts?
    • Am I measuring the right things?
    • How can getting others involved help me with my project?

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Innovation Project Management

FORMAT: Interactive workshop LENGTH: 90 – 120 minutes AUDIENCE: executives, leadership, management & project ...

FORMAT: Interactive workshop

LENGTH: 90 – 120 minutes

AUDIENCE: executives, leadership, management & project managers

GREAT FOR: project management meetings, leadership meetings, team/department meetings, internal meetings, association meetings

TOPIC DESCRIPTION: The easiest thing to do in an innovation project is waste a lot of time and effort without any real results to show for it. Innovation projects require a different management methodology to minimize this wasted effort and reduce the risk of the initiative. Participants will come to this workshop with an innovation project they are currently working on or have completed in the past. They will learn why innovation projects are different and why they need a unique process to manage their efforts.

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The Expert Trap

FORMAT: KeynoteAUDIENCE: the entire company, associations GREAT FOR: all-company meetings, team/...

FORMAT: Keynote

AUDIENCE: the entire company, associations

GREAT FOR: all-company meetings, team/department meetings, association meetings

TOPIC 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 over-confidence, self-delusion, and fear of failure have on your everyday tasks.

ROI & Key Outcomes:

  • 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.

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Increasing the Speed of Innovation

FORMAT: Keynote AUDIENCE: C-suite, Senior VPs, directors & executives GREAT FOR: YPO...

FORMAT: Keynote

AUDIENCE: C-suite, Senior VPs, directors & executives

GREAT FOR: YPO/EO meetings, leadership/executive meetings/retreats

TOPIC DESCRIPTION: The pace of change in today’s economy requires innovative, value-adding ideas to come from all parts of your organization – whether they are internal improvements or new sources of revenue. The way managers were traditionally trained stifles innovation and forces out-of-the-box thinkers out of the company. This interactive presentation outlines the must-have skill sets to effectively lead your employees. Diana will provide the framework for how your organization – and the people within it – can flourish in this hyper-competitive world.

ROI & Key Outcomes:

  • Learn new skill sets required of the innovative leader
  • Avoid common pitfalls of innovative leadership
  • Create an internal culture of innovation so that every employee is a resource to the effort

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Innovate Likew Your Job Depends on It, Because it Does!

FORMAT: Keynote AUDIENCE: the entire company, associations GREAT FOR: all-company ...

FORMAT: Keynote

AUDIENCE: the entire company, associations

GREAT FOR: all-company meetings, team/department meetings, association meetings

TOPIC DESCRIPTION: The innovator’s skill-set is the equivalent of typing skills in today’s marketplace. It is the only way to make sure the work you do isn’t just filling time but actually creates value for your organization.

The only way to become irreplaceable is to find a way to create new value over and over again. In the not-too-distant future, this set of skills will not be enough just to get ahead. Rather, mastering these skills will be the only way to survive in the workplace.

ROI & Key Outcomes:

      • Shift your perspective to think like an innovator on a daily basis
      • Understand the difference between new ideas and ideas that actually create value for your organization\
      • Strengthen your job security and highlight your unique talents

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How to Compete on Value Instead of Price in a Commodity Business

FORMAT: Keynote AUDIENCE: sales managers & sales professionals GREAT FOR: sales meetings, all-...

FORMAT: Keynote

AUDIENCE: sales managers & sales professionals

GREAT FOR: sales meetings, all-company meetings, team/department meetings, association meetings

TOPIC 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.

ROI & Key Outcomes:

  • 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

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Failing Forward: Why Embracing Setbacks Can Be the Key to Significant Growth

AUDIENCE: the entire company, associations GREAT FOR: all-company meetings, team/department meetings, association meetings ...

AUDIENCE: the entire company, associations

GREAT FOR: all-company meetings, team/department meetings, association meetings

TOPIC DESCRIPTION: ​This workshop will show participants why the most dangerous thing about failure is waiting too long to recognize when it’s happening and not giving yourself enough time to adjust. Through hands on exercises, participants will learn how to create and apply failure metrics or pivot indicators to their projects, how to identify and address zombie projects, and how to prevent confirmation bias from steering them in the wrong direction. Attendees will leave this workshop with specific steps they can take to significantly increase the speed and agility of their existing projects.

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How to Significantly Increase User Adoption of New Initiatives Inside Your Organization

FORMAT: Keynote AUDIENCE: human resources: directors, executives, managers, associations GREAT FOR: HR...

FORMAT: Keynote

AUDIENCE: human resources: directors, executives, managers, associations

GREAT FOR: HR meetings, leadership meetings, association meetings, business development meetings

TOPIC 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 underperforming existing programs.

ROI & Key Outcomes:

  • 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.

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My Entrepreneurial Journey and Valuable Lessons Learned

FORMAT: Keynote AUDIENCE: entrepreneurs, small business, entrepreneurial students & academia, economics ...

FORMAT: Keynote

AUDIENCE: entrepreneurs, small business, entrepreneurial students & academia, economics

GREAT FOR: economic development events, entrepreneurial/lean/startup conferences, university/education summits/speaker series

TOPIC 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.

ROI & Key Outcomes:

  • 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

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About Keynote Speaker Diana Kander

Diana Kander is a New York Times Bestselling Author of All In Startup, entrepreneur, innovation consultant, and keynote speaker for Fortune 1000 companies who asks some big questions. What causes big, household brands to lose relevance with their customers and go out of business? Can organizational decline be prevented? What kind of culture needs to exist in an organization to ensure innovative ideas and practices? And how has Snoop Dogg continued to innovate decade after decade to stay relevant to the next generation?

Diana has spent her career challenging assumptions and asking thought-provoking questions. A serial entrepreneur who entered the United States as a refugee at the age of 8, she has launched and sold millions of dollars worth of products and services.

After detailing her biggest lessons learned in her first book, All In Startup, Diana started receiving requests from organizations to help their employees think more like entrepreneurs.

While working with her clients, Diana’s personal curiosity about process and culture within large companies inspired her to develop the approach outlined in her second book. The Curiosity Muscle demonstrates how a loss of curiosity hurts companies and how it can be repaired using Diana’s prescription for reconnecting with customers.

Diana has truly cracked the code on how Curiosity can serve as the catalyst for exponential growth and she thrives on helping organizations understand that they can always get better results if they learn how to ask better questions.

Diana lives in Kansas City, Missouri with her high school sweetheart and husband, Jason, and their awesome son, True.

* Fun fact about Diana: As research for her latest book, The Curiosity Muscle, Diana tore her oblique muscle, but did master an 11.5-minute plank!

Testimonials

“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 roadmap for transforming our business into a more entrepreneurial company.”

Perceptive Software/Lexmark

 

“I had the opportunity to hear Diana Kander speak yesterday. Wow, she had such a great message and I enjoyed her session the most. I’ve already started reading her book, The Curiosity Muscle, and it’s so hard to put down. It’s absolutely relevant in today’s business world. I’d highly recommend her, and her book — stop zombie projects, establish failure metrics and never stop being curious about your customers!”

Affiliated Distributors

 

“The Partnership was extremely happy with Diana Kander’s presentation at our annual breakfast. We received a significant number of positive comments from a cross section of the community; economic development investors, elected officials and entrepreneurs. Diana’s presentation was thought provoking and left attendees with an understanding of how they can become involved and assist growing startup companies in our community. Diana was very engaging, entertaining and gave timely advice. Obviously Diana is an expert in the field.”

Lincoln Partnership for Economic Development

 

“I attended your presentation today and am very enthused and encouraged by your ideas. Your talk was very thought provoking and you are a gifted presenter and I really enjoyed your content/material and found multiple items that I could begin applying immediately that can improve my daily work. I was very intrigued with your concepts and approach!”

Hallmark Cards, Inc.

 

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