Insightful Strategies...

“Diane enabled us to focus on knowledge-based decision making – resulting in wild association success in member recruitment.

 

“Facilitated communication among multi-cultural officers with divergent perspectives and executed $2.5 million conference with superb skill and diplomacy.”

 

“Strong sense of direction during a time of transition and restructure.”

 

“Dynamic and creative Executive Director facilitated quantum leap from small-scale operation to professionally managed association.”

 

“Smart, hungry, passionate, professional, loyal, reliable and committed to excellence.”

 

“Diane Darrow helped to define our mission and priorities. Diane
was an extremely effective liaison
with numerous departments.”

 

“I could not complete the duties of this office without Diane’s careful and thoughtful guidance and assistance.
We all value her professionalism,
her wisdom,
her knowledge.”

 
Diane Darrow
Bradenton, FL 34203
941-345-3475
diane@dianedarrow.com

Testimonials

Diane's Services
Strategic Planning
Project Management
Transitional Management
Leadership Training
Meeting & Event Management
Advisory Board Development

What are leaders of national — and international — organizations saying about Diane Darrow? Helping businesses make a "quantum leap from a small-scale operation to a professionally managed association", Diane approaches business with insightful strategies, professional management and superb skill.

Join Diane's portfolio of clients to achieve your organization's goals and realize your full potential. Whether you are planning an annual conference, creating an advisory board, or training new or transitional leaders — Diane Darrow will help you focus on your ultimate goal.

 

National Association of Retail Collection Attorneys (NARCA)

Dynamic and creative Executive Director facilitated a quantum leap from small-scale operation to professionally managed association...

Michael H.R. BucklesDuring my two-year tenure as president of the National Association of Retail Collection Attorneys (NARCA) I worked closely with Diane Darrow, our Executive Director during my term. She was dynamic, creative, and extremely confident executive that helped our fledgling association grow from an amateurishly run operation to a professionally managed organization.

Diane organized and facilitated strategic planning meetings and was extremely competent in the area of finance. She helped address urgent issues of discharge and hiring of legislative counsel – resulting in our association hiring a prestigious lobbyist for our legislative initiatives.

During my tenure, NARCA had five conventions in two years. Diane and her staff were largely responsible for making these meetings a success – resulting in meetings that were entertaining, socially enjoyable and educational.

Diane Darrow helped NARCA make a quantum leap from a small-scale operation to a professionally managed association. She not only helped us improve our image, but more importantly, she helped us make substantive improvements in our management, our meetings, culture, publications, and services to members.

–Michael H.R. Buckles
Past-President, NARCA

back to top

 

Daniel L. Schaefer

Decision making expertise...

Daniel SchaeferI would like convey my sincere thanks to Diane for work she did on my campaign. She deserves the highest possible recognition I can give her. Diane was a continual pillar of support. Whenever there was a job to be accomplished, Diane responded with never ending enthusiasm.

My staff had a large number of people, but when it came right down to decision making, Diane was one of my mainstays. All members of my staff convey the same admiration that I have for Diane. We cannot recommend her too highly.

–Daniel L. Schaefer
Representative-Elect
Colorado House District 28

(NOTE: Mr. Schaefer went on to the Colorado Senate and then the United States House of Representatives)

back to top

 

ACM SIGCHI Conference Management Committee

Valued professionalism, wisdom and knowledge...

On behalf of the Conference Management Committee of SIGCHI, we want to acknowledge the above and beyond the call of duty assistance, guidance, and services Diane Darrow has given to SIGCHI, the CHI Conferences and toward the growth and vitality of our SIG.

I could not complete the duties of this office without Diane’s careful and thoughtful guidance and assistance. We all value her professionalism, her wisdom, her knowledge of ACM.

Diane helped to forge a significant partnership between ACM, ACM staff, the SIG leadership, the conference management, the SIGCHI volunteers, the contractors and vendors. She continued to guide and nurture these relationships to the benefit of our members and the society as a whole.

–Gene Lynch, Ph.D.
Director, Design Technology Laboratory, Tektronix, Inc.
Chair, ACM SIGCHI Conference Management Committee

back to top

 

National Association of Retail Collection Attorneys (NARCA)

Enabled us to focus on knowledge-based decision making – resulting in wild association success in member recruitment...

Adam OlshanDiane Darrow is a professional with whom I have worked closely on many occasions. Diane served as the Executive Director and then the Executive Vice President of the National Association of Retail Collection Attorneys (“NARCA”). NARCA is a trade association comprised of 750 law firms from across the United States and over the past years I have partnered with Diane as both NARCA’s president and as an active ex officio member of the NARCA Board of Directors.

As a fledgling organization in 1999, Diane then brought insights to assist the organization’s leaders to grow NARCA’s bank account by several multiples. This was achieved through the development of a committee based organization that rendered decisions through careful knowledge-based discussion and decision-making. It was Diane’s keen understanding of organizational efficiencies that empowers the Board of Directors to do what was necessary to plan and implement this very successful strategy.

Later, in 2009, Diane returned to NARCA as the organization’s EVP and again she brought her vast skills to the organization which enabled the Board and its committees to develop gameplans that AGAIN enabled NARCA to leap frog ahead with its benefits to delivered to members. In this instance the primary result pertained to the successful launch of advocacy programs that enabled the organization to reach out and develop – and then sustain – strong new relationships with key decision makers in various regulatory and legislative capacities.

Diane is a savvy and passionate professional who is committed to excellence. I recommend her addition to any organization as she will succeed at whatever she sets her mind to.

–Adam J. Olshan, Esq
Past-President, NARCA

back to top

 

Association of Computing Machinery (ACM)

Facilitated communication among multi-cultural officers with divergent perspectives and executed $2.5 million conference with superb skill and diplomacy...

Clare-Marie KaratI worked with Diane Darrow for five years in relation to the Association of Computing Machinery’s (ACM) Special Interest Group on Computer Human Interaction (SIGCHI) professional society. The ACM SIGCHI is an international group of approximately 4,500 professionals. Diane was our Program Director.

Diane helped to define our mission and priorities, and guided us in the development of our yearly budget. The officers on the Executive Committee represented an array of cultural backgrounds from around the world, each presenting divergent perspectives. Diane was able to facilitate communication among members and identified the top-priority items to be achieved.

Our organization SIGCHI was one of four large international professional non-profit organizations that Diane managed concurrently. It was incredible that she could balance the needs of so many people so well. She was an extremely effective liaison with numerous talents.

The annual SIGCHI conference requires the coordination of 40 contractors and 800 volunteers and is a $2.5 million dollar operation requiring about 2 ½ years of planning. Diane Darrow worked closely with the development, planning and execution of the conference – with superb skill and diplomacy.

–Clare-Marie Karat, Ph.D.
Research Staff Member, IBM TJ Watson Research Center
Teasurer, ACM SIGCHI & Co-Chair for Annual Conference

back to top

 

Closter Volunteer Ambulance & Rescue Corps, Inc.

Proud to call Diane Darrow an Honorary Member...

On behalf of the Closter Volunteer Ambulance Corps, The Corps has benefited greatly by Diane Darrow's presence. She has been a good Chairman of several Installation Dinners, Communication Chairman of the Education Committee, Co-chairman of the Fund Drive for several years and many, many more jobs – too many to mention.

The entire membership would be delighted to have Diane aboard anytime. We are indeed proud to include her name on our list of Honorary Members.

–Mary Corpe
Closter Volunteer Ambulance & Rescue Corps, Inc.

back to top

 

National Association of Dental Laboratories (NADL)

Strong sense of direction during a time of transition and restructure...

Daniela HendricksonAs Past-President of the National Association of Dental Laboratories (NADL), I had the opportunity to work very closely with Ms. Darrow during our association’s difficult time of transition and restructure.

Ms. Darrow managed everyone with respect, humor when needed and a strong sense of direction to our ultimate goal. Our Annual Meeting/Trade Show was a huge success because of her efforts.

–Daniela Hendrickson, CDT
Past President NADL

 

back to top