Diane Marty '92 will be the featured speaker in the Leading Innovation and Entrepreneurship speaker series on Friday, February 2. The event, which is free and open to the public, will start at 2 p.m. in Noyce 1023. The Donald and Winifred Wilson Center for Innovation and Leadership is sponsoring the speaker series and associated course.

Founder and Principal of Faire Consulting LLC, Diane leveraged more than 16 years working in-house for various nonprofits before launching her consultancy in 2011. Throughout her career she has served community development organizations; higher education and research institutions; arts agencies; social service and youth development providers; federated fundraising agencies; and select for-profit companies locally, regionally and worldwide. 

Faire Consulting offers development strategy and implementation services with special expertise in highly-tailored cultivation and stewardship techniques and accelerant growth campaigns (start-up operations, capital campaigns, portfolio diversification and short-term revenue generation).

Diane is a member and past president (Mid America Chapter) of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), an award-winning adjunct professor at Rockhurst University (Kansas City, MO) and served on the founding team of the University’s fundraising concentration and certification program. In 2009, Diane was one of three American presenters at the South African Institute of Fundraising (SAIF) in Illovo Beach, Kwa Zulu Natale. In July 2012 she was the agency-appointed delegate to represent a client in solidifying a partnership and property procurement agreement working with His Excellency Mar Mathew Arackal, Bishop of Kanjirapally in the district of Kerala, India...and she's looking forward to moderating a philanthropy conference for Greek organizations in Cabo, Mexico, in January 2015.

Originally from Chicagoland (Hinsdale), Diane holds a BA in American Studies from Grinnell College, a masters from Dartmouth College and has been a Certified Fund Raising Executive through CFRE International since 2005.  When not in a hockey rink or on a soccer sideline, she resides in Leawood, KS with her husband (Kirk, '90) and their two active teenage boys, Max and George.

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