On today’s episode, we’re talking with Diana Doukas, manager for economic impact for U.S. policy programs at Facebook. Find out how her work helps empower small businesses in Nebraska and beyond.

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On today’s episode of Just Biz, Omaha Style we’re talking with Diana Doukas, manager for economic impact for U.S. policy programs at Facebook. She isn’t our typical guest, because she doesn’t run a small business, but her work helps empower small businesses in Nebraska and beyond.

Diana is a public affairs and corporate social responsibility executive with almost 15 years of White House, government, corporate, political and non-profit experience managing budgets of more than $10 million.

She is skilled at building public-private partnerships and has proven success in designing programs that help small businesses create a culture shift by embedding their values.

Listen to the full podcast to hear Diana talk about:

  • How her career path led her to Facebook
  • Her experience working with the small business community
  • Why she couldn’t have plotted her career path if she tried
  • How she learned to trust her gut
  • How she built a community around her
  • What exactly she does at Facebook
  • What Facebook is doing to help small businesses
  • What tools Facebook has to help businesses
  • How businesses can do community outreach
  • How she has personally helped small businesses

Listen to the full podcast in the audio player above or the timestamps below to jump to a specific section.

Key Topics:

1:50 – Meet Diana

2:08 – Career path

3:01 – Losing out on jobs and promotions

3:55 – What she learned from failure

6:21 – Her role at Facebook

7:21 – How Facebook helps businesses

10:55 – Re-entering the workforce

13:56 – Business resource hub

16:38 – Most value Facebook tool

18:22 – Outreach in the community

19:45 – How she helps small businesses

22:37 – Digital shift

25:59 – Anything else?

Invaluable Insights:

“I always had a really big interest and passion for government and the good that government can do.” – Diana

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