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Diane Hickey, Ph.D.

Principal and CEO

Passionate for a purpose. Dr. Hickey sees the value in science, technology, and improving the world via innovations. She adds to that an understanding of the importance of communicating that value to the right people at the right time to achieve specific goals.


Education: Ph.D. Materials Science & Engineering, Graduate work science communication, B.S. Chemical Engineering Experience: Accenture, Advanced Diamond Technologies (COO, VP Sales), NanoScience Instruments, Diamond Chameleon Group


Dr. Diane Hickey has extensive experience in commercializing technologies of hard-science companies. Her hands-on expertise in marketing, sales, and go-to-market strategy and execution has guided numerous science-based firms to go to the next level of profitable growth.  


Her career has included being part of the executive leadership team of three successful start-ups.  She more than doubled revenues in highly competitive markets.  She created global distributor networks and partnerships.  She transformed a venture from relying entirely on grants to producing revenue-generating commercial products for multiple industries plus winning SBIR/STTR commercialization awards.  She was part of an executive team that closed three funding rounds.  


As founder and head of her own firm, Diamond Chameleon Group, Dr. Hickey provides interim executive management to set commercialization strategy, identify customer/market requirements,  and develop and execute go-to-market plans for clients in a variety of scientific fields, including photonics, advanced materials, sensors,  and microscopy.  She serves as a Principal Advisor of the Larta Institute to mentor SBIR-recipient companies towards commercialization, as well as a member of the GAP Program Committee of Florida State University, that funds projects to encourage making current research results into opportunities more publicly available for the creation of new products or services.    


Dr. Hickey is an internationally published author in trade publications such as Commercial MicroManufacturing. She is an experienced and energetic presenter, with many years of experience presenting to large C-level, VC and angel investor audiences. She’s been a paid commercialization advisor to over 20 hard science DOE & NSF SBIR-funded small businesses.She is a sought-after speaker and author on commercialization-related topics.  


Dr. Hickey earned a PhD in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Florida.  She started her career as a consultant at Accenture, working on projects for energy and semiconductor companies.

Improving your Trade Show Return-on-Investment (ROI)

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Speaker

Diane Hickey, Ph.D.

Type

Presentation

Length Options

20 / 40 min without questions, can be made into an 40-minute workshop

Appropriate Audience

Start-up companies, small company marketing teams, people manning a booth at a technical conference expo

Talk Summary

  • Exhibiting at a trade show is expensive. So let’s get the most ROI possible from the exhibit. But you don’t have time to do everything – you’re busy with your normal job.

  • This talk presents "5 Trade Show Hacks to increase ROI" – easy solution to increase your trade show ROI without making it your full-time job.

  • Recently presented during a recorded webinar presented by Larta Institute.

Best Practices for Giving a Technical Talk that Doesn’t Suck

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Speaker

Diane Hickey, Ph.D.

Type

Presentation

Length Options

20 min + 10 min for questions

Appropriate Audience

Graduate students, undergraduate students, post-docs, academic professionals

Talk Summary

  • Effectively communication scientific research is critical in today’s fast-moving technical environment. Yet often, the delivery of the presentation is not effective. This talk outlines some best practices for giving technical presentations, with the most common example being a 20 min presentation during a seminar session at an academic conference.

  • Appropriate for beginner presenters as well as seasoned presenters who may want to think differently about their presentations. This is not, “How to give a TED talk”; while that would be an awesome talk to give, this is more geared to an academic environment. See the PDF of the slides here, and view the handout that is handed out during the talk.

Ready for Market! Now what?

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Speaker

Diane Hickey, Ph.D.

Type

Workshop

Length Options

30 min, 1 hour

Appropriate Audience

Start-up companies, business plan competition participants, engineering student groups, MBA student teams

Talk Summary

  • Congratulations! Your product is (finally) ready for market. Prototype, check! Business plan, check! Now, how will the people who can really benefit from your product know that it’s ready? Likely, you’ll need to communicate with the world in some way – but how? and to whom?

  • Using a design-centered thinking approach, Dr. Hickey will lead this interactive session about what to consider when you’re ready to go to market, and provide a framework for evaluating the myriad of communication avenues available today.

  • Recently presented at the November 2017 ProductCamp Tampa

Man-made Diamonds: For Love, For Death & Quantum Computing

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Speaker

Diane Hickey, Ph.D., aka Dr. Diamond

Type

Engaging, entertaining and high-energy presentation

Length Options

20 min, 30 min

Appropriate Audience

General

Talk Summary

  • Diamond is an amazing material (from a scientist & engineering point of view), and it also has a fascinating social status in our society. While natural diamonds come from, well, nature, man-made diamonds can be made, well, by us.

  • This non-technical talk explores the amazing properties of diamond, both natural and man-made. Audience questions answered during the talk include: “What’s the difference between a man-made diamond and an earth made diamond?” (Not much) and “If I’m made of carbon, and diamonds are made of carbon, can I be made into a diamond?” (Why yes, yes you can) What are you going to do with your body once you’re dead? Would you want to be a diamond?

Think a company spokesperson is only for big companies?

 Actually, small companies could probably use them more. A company spokesperson can deliver technical presentations, investor pitches, or introductory communications at your trade show booth. Contact us to learn how a company spokesperson can grow your business.

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