On this episode of the active CEO Podcast, Craig Johns speaks with Diana Rau about Board Of Mentors, the remarkable backstory of Veterati, her better every day framework and striving for high performance. We also talk about lessons learnt at Georgetown University, her grand entry into the American Chamber of Commerce and how her time as VP of Growth and Innovation at Double Dutch was a game-changer for her husband Daniel Rau.
Diana Rau – Board of Mentors
Diana Rau is a young, creative and powerful leader who was named in the Forbes 30 under 30 Social Impact Entrepreneur and Top 25 Military Influencers in 2018. She is a game changer for Defence veterans, an innovation leader who is dedicated to solving social challenges and a connector who loves building tribes.
Living in New York, her education has included a BA International Political Economy and International Business Diplomacy at Georgetown University. Diana began her career as a journalist for the American Chamber of Commerce before taking on roles as CEO of BUNDSHOP, Director of Creative Social Strategy for BluBlocker China, and was a founding partner of League X, an independent storytelling and narrative design agency.
In 2015, she cofounded Veterati, which is the #1 mentoring platform for the military, and is now the CEO. Our guest was the VP of Growth and Innovation at Double Dutch, which powers business and social movements through its award-winning live events platform, before it was acquired in June 2019.
Diana talks about:
- Being a high-energy child who loved reading books and being involved with music.
- Studying politics at Georgetown University
- How Professor Mark Bush challenged her in international business diplomacy.
- The power of YES.
- Why every 10 minutes of her life at school was planned.
- The reasons why Georgetown alumni’s James Wiseman and Carl Wegner are still her mentors.
- Why are Veterans not getting their dream job when they come back from service?
- One in Three Americans has never had a conversation with a Veteran.
- Veterans dynamically evolving so fast so need different mentors as they transition and grow.
- On average the Veterans have 3.7 mentors.
- Why the Board Of Mentors matters and removing barriers in the mentoring process.
- What environment makes you thrive and makes you really joyful.
- Bravery is really valuable in founders to be able to hold to their value system.
- One thing better every day.
- Better Every Day Framework.
- Best memories are transformational activities.
- Love the movements of extreme complex and difficulty in the start-up world.
- Most interesting conversations are when you are co-creating with someone.
Active CEO Performance Tip
Childs Play – Sit back and enjoy the feeling of just playing rather than just being so focused and diligent on specific tasks. Try things, play things, do things a little bit out of the norm. Test it and be a little bit creative. Be like a child, play, have fun and allow your creative juices to flow.
“80% of jobs come through personal networks according to the Department of Labour.” Talking about Veterans re-engaging with the workforce, on the active CEO Podcast.
“An on-Demand digital mentoring platform for veterans and military spouses to be able to secure their dream jobs.” Diana Rau talks about Veterati, on the active CEO Podcast.
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