Diana Blankman, Novo Nordisk
Diana is Senior Director, U.S. Corporate Giving & Social Impact at Novo Nordisk. She has spent more than 25 years working in both the corporate and non-profit sectors, and has expertise in the development and implementation of strategic corporate philanthropy and community outreach programs, building impactful corporate and NGO partnerships, global product donations, and internal and external communications.
In her current role at Novo Nordisk, Diana leads the U.S. corporate giving function where she is responsible for the company’s funding and social impact strategy, employee and community engagement, and implementation of the Triple Bottom Line and Shared Value programming. Under her leadership, she developed and launched the company’s first formal U.S. corporate giving and community engagement program, which has been recognized with several awards for excellence in philanthropy and social responsibility.
Prior to joining Novo Nordisk, Diana was the Director of Corporate Contributions and Community Outreach for Wyeth Pharmaceuticals, where she was responsible for championing the company’s corporate citizenship efforts. Among her accomplishments, she built a comprehensive philanthropic and community relations program, created Wyeth’s first formal volunteer program; developed a global product donations program for the Consumer Healthcare business; and created the company’s first global Corporate Citizenship Report.
Diana has also served as the Director of Community Relations and Special Events at the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, Assistant Director of the Nassau County Office of Cultural Development, and Account Executive for HBI Public Relations in Long Island, New York.
Diana is a graduate of Drew University in Madison, NJ, and received a Certificate in Corporate/Community Involvement from the Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship. She is on the Board of Directors of Jersey Cares where she previously served as the organization’s President, and is a Founding Advisory Board member for the FDU Center of Excellence for Leadership, Governance and Philanthropy where she is also on the faculty. She lives in Chatham with her two children.
Diana will be part of the panel workshop, "Inspiring Your Workforce to Give Back."