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Diane Hessan is the President and CEO of Communispace, a consumer collaboration agency “with a blue-chip client list that would make a Madison Avenue giant jealous," according to Advertising Age. A pioneer in creating online communities to help businesses engage with their consumers, Diane helped found Communispace in 1999 – when no one knew what social media was – and she hasn’t looked back. Communispace delivers unparalleled consumer engagement and business impact, with more than 700 communities launched to date. In 2012, Communispace was rated the fastest-growing company in its industry, and it has received many awards for product innovation, marketing leadership and corporate culture.
Diane has spent her career helping companies become customer-focused — as a business executive and as co-author of the book “Customer-Centered Growth: Five Proven Strategies for Building Competitive Advantage.” The book, a Business Week best-seller, has been published in 11 languages. Diane has received many honors, including the Pinnacle Award from the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce, the Most Admired CEO award from the Boston Business Journal, Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year (National Finalist), and was #3 on The Boston Globe's Top Women in Technology List.
Diane is a graduate of Tufts University and Harvard Business School, and is the mother of two grown daughters.