2011 Speaker: Author, Founder and CEO

As principal consultant for Effective Networking, Inc., she founded the company on the premise that everyone can learn to network, they just need to find their own style.

Combining interactive training, strategic planning and an exploration of the natural fears of networking, Darling demystifies the process by providing techniques that can be immediately implemented.

She has received rave reviews for her seminars and speeches and is increasingly sought after as an expert resource on the subject of networking.

McGraw-Hill commissioned her to write the definitive book on networking called The Networking Survival Guide which was published in April 2003 and went into a 2nd printing just 90 days after the book hit the shelves. The book has been translated into Korean and Taiwanese. In 2005, McGraw-Hill published her 2nd book, Networking for Career Success which has since been translated into Chinese, Japanese, Indonesian, Portuguese, and Thai.

She has appeared on NBC Nightly News, in The Wall Street Journal, San Francisco Chronicle, and The Boston Globe. She is a member of the CEO Club. Darling is also a blogger and random columnist for a variety of publications. She's a former columnist for the Boston Business Journal. She recently taught in the MBA program at Boston University.

She has lived in the Philippines, Thailand, Colorado, Indiana, Alabama and now in Boston, MA. Her travels include all seven continents and approximately 60 countries.

Her hobbies include watching football, reading, and attempting to play tennis. In order to overcome her fear of public speaking, she took acting and standup comedy classes.

Session Title: Two presentations: Networking and Cloud

How to effectively network make the most of today's conference
You are here to learn, meet others, and have fun. That sounds great but while networking is something we all know we should do, few have taken a class on best practices. We'll start the morning with Diane Darling, published author with McGraw-Hill and founder of Effective Networking. She'll get the day started with tips to meet the people you want to, how to follow up (and not be a stalker), and best ways to use technology to build relationships.
Running your Organization in the Cloud
Good systems help any organization run smoother. Our speaker, Diane Darling, found that out when her laptop was stolen and her systems were tested. In this session you'll learn about ways to organize your data, financials, streamline marketing, provide top customer service and increase the revenue you need to keep the doors open. Diane will share the tools she has tested and used, what she keeps in the clouds, what she doesn't and what's on the wishlist.