Diana Kyser McNeff named Interim Director of Rothman Institute of Entrepreneurship

Madison, NJ (August 20, 2014) — Diana Kyser McNeff has been named Interim Director of the Rothman Institute of Entrepreneurship. She has been actively involved with the institute for 12 years.

“In Diana, I see a leader who can help us build on the strengths of Rothman in the areas of family business and veterans’ programs as well as help us refine our vision and strategic plan to further our focus in areas such as corporate innovation and social entrepreneurship among others,” said Andrew J. Rosman, Dean of the Silberman College of Business.

Diana Kyser
Diana Kyser McNeff

Kyser McNeff has been involved with the Rothman Institute since 2002 as an adjunct professor and an active participant in the Rothman Institute’s programs such as the Teen Business Camp and Veterans Launching Ventures, as a judge for business plan and idea competitions, and as a mentor for Startup Weekend.

"Having worked in my own companies as well as in large corporations, I truly appreciate the contribution that Rothman makes by promoting entrepreneurship and innovation in business and academics,” said Kyser McNeff. “I am honored to be asked to lead this institute as it enters its 25th year and look forward to providing even more value to NJ's vibrant entrepreneurial and corporate communities in the future.

A serial entrepreneur, Kyser McNeff’s first business was a software development firm that she sold in 1988. She was a co-founder of C3i, Inc., a venture-funded global technology solutions firm with revenues of $75M that was recently acquired by Telerx, a Merck Global Health Innovation portfolio company.

Kyser McNeff has also held leadership positions in marketing, customer care, operations and human resources at American Express, JPMorgan Chase and TheLadders.com. She is currently the founding partner of COO on Demand, where she brings her operational and entrepreneurial expertise to mid-sized companies to help them refine their execution strategies and formalize operations to scale and grow.

She was recently selected as a 2014 Leading Women Entrepreneurs finalist. Kyser McNeff serves as a mentor at Thomas Edison State College and is on the Board of the Women's Center for Entrepreneurship and Family Connections in Orange, NJ. Kyser McNeff holds a BA from Birmingham-Southern College, an MBA from NYU and is enrolled in the inaugural Executive Doctorate in Business program at Temple University that begins this fall. Kyser McNeff is an avid runner, has completed five marathons, and lives in Summit, NJ with her husband and three teenagers.

Part of the Silberman College of Business since 1989, the mission of the Rothman Institute is to teach and support entrepreneurship and innovation in the academic, business and nonprofit communities. An outstanding entrepreneurship curriculum taught by an excellent faculty has helped make the academic program among the top 20 in the nation. In addition, its innovative outreach programs help people succeed in their new or growing ventures as well as in their corporations or organizations.

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