Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Donor Spotlight: Donna Diamond '86

Donna Diamond, who earned an M.B.A. from Hofstra with a concentration in business computer information systems, is the chief administrative partner and COO of Chernoff Diamond & Co., LLC, a
benefits and risk management advisory firm she co-founded with Alexander Chernoff in 1980.

At the time she was pursuing the M.B.A., Ms. Diamond was juggling her studies with a full-time career. She was very appreciative of the flexibility that Hofstra graduate studies offered her. “I attended Hofstra as a part-time, evening graduate student. The program and classes accommodated my working schedule, an important consideration at the time. The education I received was varied and comprehensive.”

Ms. Diamond has been an involved alumna – contributing to The Fund for Hofstra University and through her membership in the University’s Women in Leadership organization, a group that serves as a resource for current students and other alumnae with round-table discussions, mentor-mentee relationships, panel discussions and networking events.

“I believe any organization that supports women in a leadership role is important for society as a whole,” she said. “I think of the influence we can have in shaping how gender roles are equalized and what the world will look like in the years to come.”

Ms. Diamond first became involved with Women in Leadership after meeting Hofstra University’s Assistant Vice President for Development and Alumni Affairs Meredith Celentano at the kick-off meeting for the 2010 “Every Woman Matters: A Walk for Women and Their Families,” a fundraiser for the North Shore- LIJ Health System’s new Katz Institute for Women’s Health and Katz Women’s Hospital. “What interested me in participating in the Women in Leadership Program was to be a part of an organization with other successful women and whose objective is to provide programs and activities to assist students and alumnae in many different areas, including mentoring,” she said.

Ms. Diamond has a success story from which students can learn. Chernoff Diamond has grown from a modest staff of three to more than 100 employees, partners and senior executives with offices in Garden City, New York; Manhattan; and Glastonbury, Connecticut. “We’ve built this business from the ground up,” she says. “Our staff members have developed careers here based on opportunities for advancement, challenging work, professionalism, great values, the level of client service, work environment and benefits.”

Just as Chernoff Diamond has evolved significantly since its founding, Ms. Diamond appreciates how recent Hofstra news has enhanced the University’s local and national profile. “With the addition of the Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine at Hofstra University and now with the imminent launch of a School of Engineering and Applied Science, Hofstra has secured its place as the preeminent school of higher learning on Long Island. These advances are critical to the economic development and the future of our region.”


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