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Diana Kander Topics

Foster Curiosity In Your Organization For Exponential Growth

Why Curiosity is the Ultimate Competitive Advantage

For All Company Meetings

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. It 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 compete on more than price alone — ultimately, future-proofing your business. 

ROI & Key Outcomes:

  • How you can institutionalize curiosity, 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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Increasing the Speed of Innovation

For Executives & Managers

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 

How to Compete on Value Instead of Price 

For Sales Meetings

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 must ask in order to uncover value-creating opportunities, as well as precisely how to ask them to effectively yield useful insights. Questions like: are you competing on price or value with your customers? If your focus is on value (which it should be), are you missing some key blindspots in your product or service? Are you measuring true data about the health of your project or just relying on vanity metrics that are concealing what’s really going on? 

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.
  • Learn detailed examples to improve curiosity, creativity and leadership skills

Diana Kander Videos

Explore Diana’s videos below. 

Sizzle Reel

Learn From Your Wins

Innovation Inspiration

Diana Kander Biography

About Diana

Diana Kander revolutionizes the way businesses look at innovation and curiosity. A New York Times best-selling author, innovation consultant and keynote speaker, she asks some big questions. What kind of culture needs to exist in an organization to ensure innovative ideas and practices? How has Snoop Dogg continued to innovate decade after decade to stay relevant to the next generation? What causes name brands to lose relevance with their customers and go out of business? Can organizational decline be prevented?

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. She outlined her biggest lessons learned for launching new products in her first book, 
All In Startup, which has been used by over 100 universities in their innovation courses and countless large organizations to help their employees think more like entrepreneurs. A former MBA professor at Mizzou, she has served as an entrepreneur in residence at H&R Block, Commerce Bank and several government agencies.  

Diana's second book, 
The Curiosity Muscle explains why it's harder to stay at the top than it was to get there. The book documents Diana's consulting experience with large organizations and demonstrates why most companies who experience significant success can so easily get comfortable, lose their curiosity and crash into irrelevance. The book walks readers through a methodology to keep curiosity alive and thriving inside of an organization, ultimately, future-proofing the business.

Fun fact about Diana: She likes to use her curiosity methodology to push herself out of her own comfort zone and achieve big personal challenges each year. Despite having never completed a pull-up prior to 2021, she raised over $26,000 for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kansas City by doing 5,000 pull-ups that year.

Diana lives in Kansas City, Missouri with Jason, her high-school sweetheart and husband, their son, True and daughter, Bella Brave.


Short Bio

A New York Times best-selling author and innovation consultant, Diana Kander has spent her career challenging assumptions and asking big questions - what kind of culture needs to exist in an organization to ensure innovative ideas and practices? How has Snoop Dogg continued to innovate decade after decade to stay relevant to the next generation? What causes name brands to lose relevance with their customers and go out of business? 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. Her first book, All In Startup, has been used by over 100 universities in their innovation courses and countless large organizations to help their employees think more like entrepreneurs. Her second book, The Curiosity Muscle walks readers through a methodology to keep curiosity alive and thriving inside of an organization, ultimately, future-proofing the business.

Diana Kander Testimonials

You've challenged us to ask bigger questions; reframing questions that yield disproportionately bigger results and career growth.

We cannot thank you enough for kicking off the month with your keynote which energized, inspired and helped set the tone for our Red Hatters to actively engage in live and on-demand career development opportunities. Your sessions were engaging and your humor was well received. You've challenged us to ask bigger questions; reframing questions that yield disproportionately bigger results and career growth. The feedback for your session has been overwhelmingly positive and it warms my heart every-time someone reaches out to ask for your name or share a part of your keynote that resonated with them. Here's a direct quote from a Red Hatter:

  "I learned from the opening keynote speaker that solving problems does not always mean adding something, it could be taking something away. Being mindful of the additive bias."

Red Hat Career Centre

"Diana was an absolute ROCK STAR!!

Her message was spot on, very well received and the group loved her. Thank you for recommending her to join our event. She certainly helped make our inaugural Women’s event a success!

Thomas L. Bello, Executive Vice President, MCA of Metropolitan Washington

Diana Kander Photos

Diana Kander Intro

Today's speaker revolutionizes the way businesses look at innovation and curiosity. She 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. Today, she will walk us through specific ways to boost innovation and ultimately future-proof our organization. 

Please welcome Diana Kander!!

Diana Kander Technical Requirements

Diana Kander’s Technical Requirements - Live Events

PLEASE NOTE: Diana’s presentation uses a heavy amount of images and video, all embedded into her slide deck that she runs from her current generation Macbook Pro.

  • Diana must control her own slide deck
  • Diana’s Macbook must be located on stage
  • Due to the custom nature of her presentation, it is not possible to run the slides from another machine or provide them prior to the presentation
  • Diana can provide a PDF of her slides in advance

Diana's tech requirements are as follows:

  • Lavalier Microphone for Diana
  • Handheld Microphone(s) for audience Q&A
  • Screen - as large as the room will hold
  • LCD Projector
  • HDMI Cord - to connect to Diana’s MacBook on stage
  • PowerPoint Clicker
  • Small table with water on stage
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Diana Kander’s Technical Requirements - Virtual Events

Client's Requirements

  • Diana’s virtual presentation can be hosted on the client’s existing platform
  • The client hosts and moderates the meeting and is responsible for invitations and/or event registration 
  • Diana's sessions are very interactive - she prefers engaging participants via both audio and video - and to have access to a chat function during the event.

Rehearsal

A week or so prior to your virtual session, Diana requires a dry-run with the moderator and host of the meeting. On the day of the event, Diana will join the host 30 to 60 minutes prior to the event start time. She will mute her video and audio until she is introduced. 

Inside Diana's Studio

  • Sony A7c Full Frame Camera
  • Logitech Brio 4K Webcam
  • RODE Studio Microphone
  • Elgato Camlink HD Streaming Filter
  • MacBook Mini
  • MacBook
  • Various LED Lights
  • 48" Presentation Monitor
  • Typically streams through MMHMM Virtual Camera Feed