Dan Diem '87 MBA

In 1981 and fresh out of college, Dan Diem ’87 MBA left his home state of Michigan and accepted a job with Follett Corporation, which managed the bookstore in Northwestern’s Norris University Center. Dan’s time on campus showed him all that Northwestern had to offer, and when he began thinking about business school, the Kellogg School of Management quickly became his top choice.



Today Dan specializes in project management, serving as a consultant who helps companies in multiple industries complete projects more efficiently. Dan found mentors over the years—including many Northwestern alumni, business associates, and peers—and he credits them with helping him chart his career path and inspiring his commitment to give back, especially to the University. “I so appreciated their support,” he says, “and can’t imagine not continuing to ‘pay it forward.’”

For years, Dan has been an active part of Northwestern’s volunteer and donor community. A current regional director on the Northwestern Alumni Association (NAA) Board, he serves on the NAA Ad Hoc Mentorship Committee, helping to strengthen and support Northwestern’s alumni and student community. The committee has been instrumental in this year’s launch of the Northwestern Network Mentorship Program, designed to cultivate meaningful, professional mentor and mentee relationships between accomplished alumni and current students or fellow alumni. The program now engages a community of more than 4,700 people. Dan is also a regular participant in the Northwestern Mock Interview program, which helps prepare Northwestern students for the job market.

Dan also supports the University through gifts to the NUGALA Scholarship, theater, and athletics—areas where he can have a direct impact on Northwestern students and their experiences. On November 29, Dan will participate in #CATSGiveBack, Northwestern’s campaign to engage in #GivingTuesday, a global day of philanthropy. By spreading the word about Northwestern’s positive impact and his own reasons for giving, he hopes to expand that impact on students, future leaders, the arts, and more.