Five years ago, before it was even a thing, Diane created and began teaching an MBA class on The Gig Economy at Babson College. The class gained immediate traction and was named by Forbes as one of the Top 10 Most Innovative Business School Classes in the country. Diane's work on the Gig Economy has been featured in numerous publications including Forbes, Harvard Business Review, The New York Times, The New Yorker, Oprah.com, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post and PBS, and is part of NPR's future of work series.
Diane is a consultant and advisor to Fortune 500 companies and startups that seek to succeed in this new way of working. She has worked with companies on new products and strategies to target the independent workforce, and on recruiting, retaining, and incorporating independent workers into their workforce.
As an independent worker herself, Diane is an active and enthusiastic participant in the Gig Economy. In between full-time jobs and consulting gigs in private equity and venture capital, Diane has been a Visiting Fellow at Trinity College in Dublin, an Executive-in-Residence at Babson College, and an Eisenhower Fellow to Saudi Arabia and Turkey. She has taken two different years off to travel around the world, and has visited more than 30 countries.
Diane is currently a writer, speaker, and consultant, an Adjunct Lecturer at Babson College, and a Senior Fellow at the Kauffman Foundation. Besides The Gig Economy, she has previously written and published two books and a widely-read report on venture capital. Her research and writing on VC has been featured in The Economist, The Financial Times, Forbes, Fortune, Harvard Business Review, the Huffington Post, The Irish Times, The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Wall Street Journal, and numerous industry publications here and abroad. Diane has been interviewed on NPR, PBS, and Reuters, and speaks at conferences, corporate events, and universities worldwide.
When not working, Diane enjoys reading (mostly non-fiction), writing (only non-fiction), food (eating and cooking), wine, film, yoga, and running. Diane holds A.B. and M.P.P. degrees from Harvard University. She is a dual EU (Irish) and US citizen. She lives in Boston's historic South End with her husband Kevin.