On this episode of the active CEO
Podcast, Craig Johns speaks with Diana Rau about Board Of Mentors, the
remarkable backstory of Veterati, her better every day framework and striving
for high performance. We also talk about lessons learnt at Georgetown University,
her grand entry into the American Chamber of Commerce and how her time as VP of Growth and Innovation
at Double Dutch was a game-changer for her husband Daniel Rau.
Diana Rau – Board of Mentors
Diana Rau is a young,
creative and powerful leader who was named in the Forbes 30 under 30 Social
Impact Entrepreneur and Top 25 Military Influencers in 2018. She is a game
changer for Defence veterans, an innovation leader who is dedicated to solving
social challenges and a connector who loves building tribes.
Living in New York, her
education has included a BA International Political Economy and International
Business Diplomacy at Georgetown University. Diana began her career as a
journalist for the American Chamber of Commerce before taking on roles as CEO
of BUNDSHOP, Director of Creative Social Strategy for BluBlocker China, and was
a founding partner of League X, an independent storytelling and narrative
In 2015, she cofounded
Veterati, which is the #1 mentoring platform for the military, and is now the
CEO. Our guest was the VP of Growth and Innovation at Double Dutch, which
powers business and social movements through its award-winning live events
platform, before it was acquired in June 2019.
Diana talks about:
- Being a high-energy child who loved reading books
and being involved with music.
- Studying politics at Georgetown University
- How Professor Mark Bush challenged her in international
- The power of YES.
- Why every 10 minutes of her life at school was
- The reasons why Georgetown alumni’s James Wiseman
and Carl Wegner are still her mentors.
- Why are Veterans not getting their dream job when
they come back from service?
- One in Three Americans has never had a conversation
with a Veteran.
- Veterans dynamically evolving so fast so need
different mentors as they transition and grow.
- On average the Veterans have 3.7 mentors.
- Why the Board Of Mentors matters and removing
barriers in the mentoring process.
- What environment makes you thrive and makes you
- Bravery is really valuable in founders to be able to
hold to their value system.
- One thing better every day.
- Better Every Day Framework.
- Best memories are transformational activities.
- Love the movements of extreme complex and difficulty
in the start-up world.
- Most interesting conversations are when you are
co-creating with someone.
CEO Performance Tip
Childs Play – Sit back and enjoy the feeling of
just playing rather than just being so focused and diligent on specific tasks.
Try things, play things, do things a little bit out of the norm. Test it and be
a little bit creative. Be like a child, play, have fun and allow your creative
juices to flow.
“80% of jobs come through personal networks
according to the Department of Labour.” Talking about Veterans
re-engaging with the workforce,
on the active CEO Podcast.
“An on-Demand digital mentoring platform for veterans and military spouses
to be able to secure their dream jobs.” Diana Rau talks about
Veterati, on the
active CEO Podcast.
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