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Diana Vowels of Galvanize: How to make your ask

Uncategorized Jan 27, 2020

Diana Vowels is the current Vice President of Community at Galvanize Inc., a technology ecosystem for learners entrepreneurs, startups, and established companies. Diana is a strategic sales and operations leader with experience spanning various roles in tech, healthcare and media sectors. She is currently leading Galvanized community teams across dynamic campuses in the US, and she brings together industry leaders, ambitious students, and world-class education, and navigates corporate culture and grid strategy and execution through her no-nonsense, roll-up-your-sleeves approach to get the job done.




Here’s a glimpse of what you’ll learn: 

  • [1:57] Speed round with Diana Vowels
  • [4:43] The first ask that Diana ever made
  • [8:58] Diana talks about her current role as VP of community in Galvanize
  • [10:48] The ideal profile of a client or entrepreneur who could benefit from what Galvanize does
  • [14:09] The underdog mentality and self-awareness of the Phoenix entrepreneurial community
  • [17:02] What gets in the way of entrepreneurs who are looking for capital?
  • [22:05] The kind of ask that Diana says yes to and the kind that she says no to
  • [26:22] How to best position your ask
  • [30:35] Diana's best advice before you do your ask


In this episode…

What’s your ask? It’s the beginning of your relationship with a person that could possibly make or break any deals that you have in mind. It is the opening that everyone needs to get done but it requires sincerity, passion, and openness to get the commitment you need to receive. The question is, how do you do it right?

Diana Vowels is the current VP of community for Galvanize Inc., a technology ecosystem for learners, entrepreneurs, startups and established companies that meets the needs of the rapidly changing digital world. She is an expert in navigating corporate cultures and grid strategy and execution, and you can learn how to do those things and more through the courses at Galvanize.

And in today’s episode, Diana shares the story of her first ask and how her learnings from that have helped her get to where she is today. She also discusses if you’re the right fit for Galvanize, the growth mindset within the Phoenix entrepreneurial community, and how you can shoot your shot the right way to get positive results.


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