The quote “No man’s life can be encompassed in telling.” – “Ghandi”, the movie (1982) describes my 25+ year professional career.
I spent 20 plus years in all facets of the Energy Industry. My previous boss sums these 20 years well, "She has shown versatility in the lab, designing and monitoring equipment fabrication, data analysis, computer simulation, computer programming, chemistry, assisting in proposal costing and write-ups. Diana deals with complex problems with ingenuity, initiative, imagination and innovation. She also establishes schedules, timelines, and shares her enthusiasm for her work and corporate goals with others. “
My desire to enter into Management and Leadership roles came after being elected and serving as Vice-Chairperson and Chairperson of several Division of the global AIChE non-profit professional organization. Recently, I was voted into the Board of Directors as Secretary of The AIChE Chicago Section by its members.
It was here I found my passion to lead and develop strategic and focused approaches to change management and new portfolio creation that I haven't been and wouldn't be given an opportunity to find let alone develop within the traditional "Corporate America" frame.
Thus, I had to start, develop and lead my own four technical start-up corporations with subsidiaries and one international company in the areas of patent-able technical ideas to commercialization, negotiating contract terms with other businesses, Big Data, Financial Trending and forecasting and founding a new non-profit Association representing the innovators interests.
My academic achievements include earning a Master’s in Chemical Engineering at the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) and being awarded the IIT Research Institute Fellowship to pursue my Doctorate in Chem. Eng. with a thesis on Computational Fluid Dynamics. I also completed the Executive MBA program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign earning a MBA degree in 2010.