Diana Kyser COO on Demand, Founding Partner
Achievements: Starting up several businesses over her 30-year career, the latest being COO on Demand, which provides COO-level expertise on an outsourced or part-time basis to small and midsized companies; volunteering for Fairleigh Dickinson University’s Veterans Launching Ventures program, which helps military veterans plan and launch new businesses; creating a running group called RunSummit, which trains for marathons.
Education: Bachelor’s degree in fine arts, Birmingham Southern College; MBA, New York University; doctoral candidate, Temple University.
Last book read: “The Founder’s Dilemmas: Anticipating and Avoiding the Pitfalls That Can Sink a Startup,” by Noam Wasserman.
Go-to stress buster: “Running is the only thing that relieves my stress. I can go out for a long run in the morning and, by the end of it, I have either worked through my challenges or forgotten I had any.”
What change would make workplaces friendlier to work-life balance? “For companies to truly reward accomplishments, regardless of whether they are achieved in or out of the office. So many of us need to spend time with our families, so a lot of work gets done after dinner or when the children have gone to bed.”
Diana KyserFounding Partner
COO on Demand
Summit, Union County