Diana Kander

  • Travels From: Kansas City, MO
  • Fees: $20,000 - $35,000

Tagline: Curiosity Innovation

Talent Highlights

  • 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.

Keynote Topics

Want an incredible opening keynote that makes participants more engaged in each and every session? Then teach them how to harness their curiosity!

Based on her book, The Curiosity Muscle, Diana’s high-energy keynote shows us how we can level up the simple questions we ask ourselves on a daily basis to get significantly better results and drive innovation. That includes the questions attendees are reflecting on throughout your event!

Diana will help participants understand that the longer they’ve been doing something, the more likely it is that their expertise has also created some blind spots.

Blind spots that could be huge opportunities for growth. She’ll demonstrate how we struggle with additive bias, or looking to add more things to our plate to solve a problem, when taking something away would be the much more optimal solution.  And she’ll help attendees understand how our natural desire to be right gets in the way of our learning and improvement.  

Through hilarious case studies and interactive exercises, Diana will leave your audience excited to learn and open to changing how they see the world.  

Key Takeaways:

  • How to ‘institutionalize’ curiosity in your organization with simple daily habits
  • How to dramatically reduce the ‘risk’ of new ideas and supercharge growth
  • How to avoid allowing your past success to sabotage your future growth

Did you know that once you finish a presentation, your audience will forget 50% of it within an hour and 90% of it within a week?  How are they supposed to take action on your idea when they can’t remember anything you said?

This sad statistic doesn’t have to be your fate. Diana’s Go Big or Go Home keynote will show you how to significantly increase the amount of your presentation that an audience will retain and create that “gut feeling” that compels them to take action as soon as you’re done. Based on Diana’s newest book, this talk will offer five concrete tools you can use to emotionally connect with prospects, customers, and employees, and help them remember and act on what you said!

And Diana won’t just educate you about these principles. What fun would that be? She’ll take you on an interactive roller coaster, carefully weaving in each practice into the talk itself! (Note: Due to the audience participation level of this presentation, it is exclusively available through an in-person format).

Key Takeaways:

  • How to create trust with your audience at lightning speed
  • How to make your presentation memorable and worth telling others about
  • How to do research that no one else will do to get meetings that no one else will get
  • How to add surprises into your presentation that will keep the audience laser focussed on what you’re saying 

Diana is a curiosity and innovation nerd. She’s created a number of innovation tools and best practices, launched over 12 companies herself, and spent considerable time as an entrepreneur-in-residence inside several large organizations.

And she’s worked on innovation in almost every industry imaginable. Yes, even nuclear reactors! Diana’s experience and her fascination with the topic allow her to create a custom keynote based on an organization’s needs.

Previous keynotes have included:

  • Increasing the Speed of Innovation
  • Why Curiosity is the Secret to Thriving in the New Normal
  • Where Do Good Ideas Come From?
  • The Leader’s Role in Innovation
  • How to Increase Customer Intimacy
  • Failing Forward: How to Use Setbacks as Steppingstones to Success
  • The Board’s Role in Innovation
  • The Four Habits of Innovative Teams
  • Lessons Learned in My Entrepreneurial Journey

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 […]

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 literally wrote a book on how to create engaging presentations, so you can bet your bottom dollar that every keynote she gives is fun, engaging, and actionable!

Customized Content
Diana takes the time to get to know each client by holding pre-keynote calls with selected attendees. This allows her to pick out the most appropriate case studies, reference industry examples, and most importantly, sound like she’s been in your organization for years.

Diana Kander | Curious Innovation

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.

Diana Kander challenges herself to constantly find new content. After every speech she picks out a popular case study or interactive element and prevents herself from using it again for 4 months. This process forces her to improve even the strongest parts.

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