Diane is an angel investor, philanthropist, mentor, author and an advocate to bring more attention to the psychological impact of traumatic illnesses, particularly cancer. She is also Sr. Vice President of Media and Investor Relations and serves on the Board of Directors of Bye Aerospace. The aerospace engineering company is developing the “eFlyer” family of all-electric aircraft in addition to a family of advanced, medium-altitude, long-endurance solar-electric aircraft called “StratoAirNet” and “Solesa.”
Near the end of her 16 chemo treatments for late Stage III breast cancer in 2015, Diane searched for a professional counselor to help her sort out her pendulum of emotions. After discussing her situation with her medical oncologist, health professionals and other survivors, she discovered there are very few professionals who specialize in helping a business executive like herself make sense of her experience. So, at her one-year anniversary as a survivor, Diane founded the Center for Oncology Psychology Excellence (COPE) at the University of Denver's Graduate School of Professional Psychology, the first specialty program in the country to offer graduate-level coursework in psychosocial oncology to clinical psychology students. She has published a book about her cancer experience that inspired her to launch COPE, is a national speaker on women in business, survivorship and philanthropy, and advocates for individualized psychosocial support for cancer survivors and their caregivers.
Recently named one of the inaugural “National Top 100 Business Women to Watch” by Bizwomen.com
A passionate supporter of entrepreneurship, Diane is an angel investor in six other emerging-technology companies, ranging from information technology to medical devices to cybersecurity. She graduated Magna Cum Laude with a bachelor’s degree in journalism from University of Nebraska at Kearney. She currently mentors several business professionals through private engagements.
Past recognition of her business and philanthropic leadership includes:
- One of the 2019 “Top Women in Energy” by the Denver Business Journal.
- Ray of Hope Cancer Foundation’s honoree for her advocacy work in bringing attention to the long-term psychological impact of cancer
- One of the 100 “National Top Business Women to Watch,” www.bizwomen.com
- “Outstanding Woman in Business in Technology and Telecom” by the Denver Business Journal.
- Girl Scouts of Colorado Woman of Distinction
- Aurora (Colorado) Chamber of Commerce Woman of the Year
- Bob Cardenas Award for support of veterans and the military
- Air Force National Security Forum
- Department of Defense Joint Civilian Orientation Conference
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