Diana Cordova is a Clinical Professor of Executive Education and the Academic Director of the Kellogg Executive Leadership Institute. She has published widely and is a recognized expert in the areas of leadership, diversity and inclusion, and human motivation in organizational settings. She holds a B.A. "Summa Cum Laude" from Smith College and a Ph.D. in social psychology from Stanford University.
At Kellogg, Diana provides strategic and operational direction for the Kellogg Executive Leadership Institute (KELI). KELI is a specialty unit within Executive Education charged with creating new approaches for C-suite leadership development and with fostering greater ties and collaboration between the C-suite of leading companies and Kellogg's faculty and classrooms.
Within Executive Education, Diana spearheads and provides academic direction for the Kellogg Advanced Management Program (AMP); the Kellogg Corporate Governance Conference; the Kellogg Chief Diversity Officer Summit; the Kellogg Global Women's Summit; and numerous other custom and open enrollment programs for senior business executives. She has also co-taught an MBA course on leadership and change management.
During her time at Kellogg, Diana has cultivated key strategic relationships between senior business leaders and Kellogg's academic faculty. She also oversees the vetting, onboarding, and mentoring process for senior executive practitioners who are part of Kellogg's Senior Fellows Program.
Prior to joining Kellogg, Diana served as Vice President for Leadership Programs at the American Council on Education (ACE). ACE is the nation's leading higher education association, representing over 1,800 college and university presidents from public and private institutions. During her eight-year tenure at ACE, she designed, marketed and launched the ACE Institute for New Presidents and provided general oversight for the association's extensive suite of programmatic offerings for senior higher education administrators.
Diana began her career as a member of the Yale University psychology faculty, where she taught undergraduate and graduate level courses in social psychology and human motivation. She also served as Assistant Dean of the Yale Graduate School, where she worked closely with the Dean to raise the profile of the School and build a sense of community amongst Yale's graduate students.
While at Yale, Diana developed a strong reputation for being one of the most dynamic and engaging professors at Yale College. She was awarded the 1999 Lex Hixon '63 Prize for Teaching Excellence in the Social Sciences in recognition of her dedication to teaching and mentoring undergraduates.
Diana has consulted for Fortune 500 companies, helping them develop and execute strategic approaches to achieve sustained, profitable growth. She also advises companies on the design and delivery of exceptional leadership development programs for their senior executives.
In addition to her responsibilities at Kellogg, Diana serves on the TIAA Hispanic Advisory Council, providing guidance to the organization on how to better serve the needs of current and prospective Hispanic clients.