Diana Kander

Senior Fellow

Diana Kander advises the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation as a senior fellow. In this capacity, she uses her experience as a founder, investor, and academic to foster the growth of entrepreneurship through educational and applied programs. She is the author of All In Startup, a New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller that is required reading in more than 40 universities and community colleges across the country.

A successful entrepreneur with experience in the legal, technology, and service sectors, Kander has founded and sold multiple enterprises. A sought-out public speaker, consultant and writer, she has advised startup founders and Fortune 500 executives on her methodology for understanding customers and reducing the risks of innovation.

In addition to her role at the Kauffman Foundation, Kander is a member of the faculty at the University of Missouri's Trulaske School of Business where she teaches entrepreneurship courses and serves as the Assistant Director of the Entrepreneurship Alliance.

At the age of eight, Kander came to the United States with her parents as a refugee from the Soviet Union. She obtained her undergraduate degree in political science from the University of Missouri-Kansas City, and later taught in the same department as an adjunct professor. A graduate of Georgetown Law, her legal career included work in the corporate transactions division of a large national law firm and as General Counsel of a real estate development company.