Diana Renner


Diana Renner

Diana is an experienced Adaptive Leadership consultant, facilitator and coach. She has a deep interest in developing people’s skills to successfully lead through uncertainty and tackle complex challenges. Diana is co-author of ‘Not Knowing: the art of turning uncertainty into opportunity’ published by L|D Publishing UK and launched at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government in May 2014. Diana advises senior executives in a range of commercial, government and community organizations in Australia and internationally. Over the years her work has taken her into companies of all sizes, government departments, schools, prisons, and remote rural communities. As part of Social Leadership Australia she has also led in-house Adaptive Leadership development programs for National Australia Bank (NAB) for 4 years.

Diana teaches in a variety of leadership programs, including as a Faculty member with Harvard Kennedy School of Government for ‘The Art & Practice of Leadership Development’ in 2013. She has recently designed and facilitated the ‘Transformative Leadership Program’ run by the LBJ School of Government at the University of Texas and continues to advise the faculty on the design and application of Adaptive Leadership. Diana co-facilitated with Marty Linsky three Adaptive Leadership workshops in Melbourne, Australia, including ‘Level the Playing Field – Turning gender leadership rhetoric into more effective action’. She is collaborating with the Centre for Sustainability Leadership and the University of Adelaide in Australia to develop and deliver a range of public and customized leadership programs.

Diana started her career as a lawyer before moving into strategy and business development for Eversheds in the UK. She also managed the migration center for a large not for profit organization in Melbourne, Australia, and founded Sanctuary Victoria, a volunteer organization supporting the integration of newly arrived refugees.

Diana’s passion for people, learning and creativity give her work meaning. She lives with her husband and two children in Melbourne, Australia.