Diana Walker, Founder and CEO of Walker Impact Strategies, focuses her work with today’s most influential global thought leaders—businesses, governments, organizations, entrepreneurs, and philanthropists— to develop innovative, effective internal and external collaboration strategies to maximize their opportunities for positive social impact globally and locally.
Diana has spent over 15 years witnessing the power of corporate brands and strategic partnerships to create sustainable economic and social change. Diana works with small and large private sector clients across multiple industries to help them elevate their social impact work and reputation through building strategic public-private partnership strategies and presence at key global platforms such as UN Week and the World Economic Forum in Davos to scale social impact globally.
Diana has worked with companies such as Caterpillar, Dell, Guggenheim Investments, Blackbaud, W Hotels, MSNBC; non-profits including the UN Foundation, Gates Foundation, ONE Campaign, Climate Reality Project, World Wildlife Fund, and Rockefeller Foundation; and public sector institutions including the White House, U.S. Department of State, USAID, the United Nations, the World Bank, and OPIC.
Diana sits on the Board of Counterpart International in Washington, DC, the Posner Center in Denver, CO and the Global Innovation Summit in Silicon Valley, CA. She is a member of the BMW Foundation’s Responsible Leaders Forum and mentors young social entrepreneurs through the Resolution Project’s Guide Program.
Prior to starting Walker Impact Strategies, Diana spent twelve years building and facilitating cross-sector partnerships between the United Nations and Fortune 500 companies, governments and Heads of State, entrepreneurs, non-profits and foundations, and other influencers to help further the United Nations’ work to create meaningful social impact in communities around the world. Diana helped developed some of the UN Foundation’s first public facing campaigns in 2003 including the People Speak, Nothing But Nets, Girl Up and Shot at Life and over the next decade facilitated global partnership strategies and execution with companies such as ABC News, American Idol, Caterpillar, Credit Suisse, Dell, Dermalogica, Ernst&Young, Facebook, Fortune, Google, TOMS shoes, UBS Bank, Variety, Virgin, Walgreens, Warby Parker, Yes To Inc., and government agencies such as USAID, U.S. State Department, and the White House.
From 2010-2014, Diana built and managed the UN Foundation’s Global Entrepreneurs Council, www.unfoundation.org/gec, a high-level group comprised of the next generation of leaders in the entrepreneur community who dedicate two years to work closely with the UN Foundation to bring new ideas, innovation, perspective, and networks to the work of the UN to help solve global problems. Diana built the first event Global Accelerator at the United Nations which brought together social entrepreneurs and UN experts to collaborate on solutions to human empowerment globally.
Diana also holds an expertise in large-scale event logistics. In 2007, she joined the Intergovernmental Affairs senior leadership team on the 2008 Democratic National Convention in Denver, Colorado, and the 2008 Obama Presidential Campaign. In addition, she managed event logistics for the ceremony and official events of the historic 2009 inauguration of President Barack Obama in Washington, DC.
Diana was named by the Diplomatic Courier and Young Professionals in Foreign Policy as one of the top 99 foreign policy leaders under the age of 33. Diana currently resides in Denver, CO and on an airplane and loves to spend her time traveling the world and in the outdoors. She is a native of Boulder, CO and holds a B.A. from the University of Colorado.