Muhlenberg Names Dana Diorio Band ’93
as 2009 Distinguished Honoree for
National Philanthropy Day
October 28, 2009
Muhlenberg College has named Dana Diorio Band ’93 as the 2009 Distinguished Honoree for the Association of Fundraising Professional’s (AFP) National Philanthropy Day. Dana will be honored at an Awards breakfast hosted by the Eastern Pennsylvania Chapter of the AFP on November 11 at DeSales University.
Dana has served Muhlenberg College as a volunteer since 1996. She has been particularly active in Muhlenberg’s Career Center, and has volunteered with career panels, Internet mentoring and programming to assist students with their internship and career plans. She has also served as a Career Network volunteer, internship sponsor and Shadow Program participant. She was the keynote speaker for the 2005 Career Campaign and the 1998 Alumni Leadership Conference and was a participant in the 2002 Leadership Development Seminar.
Additionally, Dana has served as a Class Fund Chair and Reunion Committee member for the Class of 1993 and has been a member of the Henry Melchior Muhlenberg Society, Muhlenberg’s leadership giving society, for the past five years. Dana also was the keynote speaker for the College’s Reality MC Program last year and will be again this year. Reality MC is a three-day weekend for seniors that focuses on developing personal, finance and life management skills post-graduation.
“I can’t give a million dollars yet, so I give my time and expertise,” says Dana, who not only helps current Muhlenberg students with their career plans, but trains business professionals as well. She has been working in the field of communication training and performance-based coaching for over 15 years. A former learning solutions manager for the Xerox Corporation, Dana is currently president of Dana Band Consulting, LLC, a boutique training and consulting firm specializing in communication skills. She will receive her master’s degree in organizational dynamics at the University of Pennsylvania in May 2010. “I provide sales and presentations skills training for professionals. I love knowing that I’ve made an impact in a person’s life and career,” says Dana.
Dana earned a bachelor of arts degree in media and communication at Muhlenberg. As a student, she served as an Admission tour guide and as Freshman Class President. She was a participant in MILE (Muhlenberg Institute for Leadership in Education) and played varsity lacrosse (she served as captain for two years and was named All-American) and soccer.
“Muhlenberg gave me a solid foundation. I count Greg Mitton (Associate Dean of Admission, Director of Financial Aid) and Chris Hooker-Haring ’72, P’09, P’10 (Dean of Admission and Financial Aid) as two of the most influential people in my life. They took a chance on me and I didn’t forget it. I wouldn’t be where I am today without Muhlenberg.”
“A college education is an investment in yourself,” says Dana. “Your alma mater is something you carry with you for the rest of your life. I give back to Muhlenberg because I want the investment I made in myself to be a strong one. I also know that my gift will make a big impact on campus, and you don’t always know what impact your gift makes at larger organizations.”
“Dana is one of our most committed and treasured volunteers,” says Jennifer McLarin ’86, Director of Alumni Relations at Muhlenberg. “We are so pleased to recognize and thank her for her service to the College.”
The Distinguished Honoree Program is part of the AFP’s National Philanthropy Day and was created to enable not-for-profit organizations to recognize individuals, groups and companies who have served their organizations with distinction. Distinguished Honorees may be individuals, couples, families or groups who support philanthropy.
National Philanthropy Day® (NPD) acknowledges the entire spectrum of services provided by the nonprofit community and recognizes the profound impact that philanthropy has on the fabric of society. Each year the AFP honors individuals and groups who, through their hard work and dedication, have enhanced philanthropy, their communities and the world.