Chatham University

Women Business Leaders Breakfast Series

Ilana Diamond

Managing Director, AlphaLab Gear

Ilana Diamond

Ilana Diamond is the Managing Director of AlphaLab Gear, Innovation Works’ hardware start-up accelerator which provides physical product startups with investment, mentorship, and connections. She helps entrepreneurs make rapid progress through the early stages of product and customer development. Prior to joining AlphaLab Gear, Ilana was CEO of Sima Products, an international consumer electronics accessory corporation where she had full P&L responsibility for global operations. Based on innovative technology developed at Sima, Ilana founded and managed a commercial alerting startup, helped raise outside capital, and spun the company off into a separate entity. She negotiated and completed sale of the company in 2010. Earlier in her career, as a management consultant for PwC, Ilana provided market strategy advice, turnaround assistance, and merger and acquisition support to executive management of Fortune 500, middle-market, and growing companies.

Ilana holds a BA in Biological Sciences and Economics from Northwestern University, and an MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.