Diane Hessan, CEO




Diane Hessan

CEO, Salient Ventures


Diane Hessan is a successful entrepreneur, marketer and author.  She is currently CEO of Salient Ventures, an investment and advisory company with a portfolio of angel investments focused on Boston technology companies.  She is also engaged in an ongoing research project focused on understanding and tracking voters from the last Presidential Election, sharing the results as a Boston Globe columnist and CNN commentator.  Her first Op-Ed on these voters, published in the Boston Globe, was lauded as having saved countless families from screaming and yelling at each other last Thanksgiving. Prior to Salient, she was CEO of Startup Institute, which is dedicated to helping people transform their careers to succeed in the exciting innovation economy.

Diane serves on the boards of Panera, Eastern Bank, Brightcove, Tufts University, Mass Challenge, CoachUp, and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, and is Special Advisor to Datapoint Capital, a leading early-stage venture firm.  She received her M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and her B.A. in Economics from Tufts University. She has 2 grown daughters, and is also founder of The Sound Bytes, an a cappella group that sings about business.


Harvard Business School

Tufts University, BA Economics