Diana Zhang: Building a Non-Profit From Scratch

Diana Zhang joins Jochem to talk about pursuing your passion, making an impact one person at a time, and her experience and challenges as a first-time founder & CEO of a non-profit. With Neighborshare, Diana helps households in need.

About Diana

Diana Zhang is the CEO and Co-Founder of NeighborShare, a rapidly-growing direct giving approach that empowers our communities’ frontline heroes to help families through critical moments of need of $400 or less.

Prior to that, she spent 15 years in strategy and operations as an executive at Bridgewater Associates, a premier asset management firm with $150 billion AUM.

Outside of work, Diana is passionate about food and advocating on behalf of those who lack access to it. She serves on the Board of the Connecticut Food Bank / Foodshare.

In this episode we talk about:

  • Diana’s career journey, soul searching, and decision to take time from her job to build a nonprofit.
  • What Neighborshare is about and the impact they are making.
  • How Neighborshare started
  • Diana’s biggest lessons and challenges as a first-time founder & CEO.
  • Building mental strength and tenacity.
  • Letting go of insecurities and fear.
  • Ideas to start pursuing your own dream, ideas, or projects.
  • Ways to find and live your purpose.

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