On Monday, miLEAD welcomed in Diane Bouis from the Office of Tech Transfer at the University of Michigan to give a networking talk to our members. Her talk focused on how to develop and utilize your network before you even begin applying to jobs. She provided examples on using conferences, LinkedIn, mutual connections, and common interests to build relationships with the people you meet, and then how to maintain those contacts over time. As a PhD, she was able to speak to the challenges of networking as a student outside of academia and provided insights on how to overcome those obstacles.
As the Innovation Program Manager at the Office of Tech Transfer Venture Accelerator, Diane’s role is to bridge the gap between academic science and entrepreneurship, working closely with faculty founders, industry mentors and the broader entrepreneurial ecosystem inside and outside the university to identify and leverage resources for startups to thrive.
Diane holds a PhD in Oncology from the University of Groningen, Netherlands and an MBA from the University of Michigan Ross School of Business. She has lived and worked on three continents and speaks six languages.