Bye Aerospace exec, UNK grad Diane Simard to speak at UNK April 4-5

Diane SimardKEARNEY – UNK graduate and Bye Aerospace senior vice president Diane Simard will share her story of being a successful career woman in a “man’s world” and her journey surviving cancer at a pair of events April 4-5 in Kearney.

A 1988 UNK grad, she will present “Channel Adversity into Success” from 3:30-4:30 p.m. April 4 in UNK’s Copeland Hall 142.

A second talk, “A Survivor’s View of the Long-Term Psychological Impact of Cancer,” is noon to 1 p.m. April 5 at the UNK Alumni House, 2222 Ninth Ave.

Both events are free and open to the public. They are hosted by the University of Nebraska at Kearney Alumni Association.

“My mission is to bring more attention to the long-term psychological impact of traumatic illnesses like cancer,” said Simard.

A Cotesfield, Nebraska, native, Simard is a strategist and investor in six emerging technology companies ranging from solar-electric aircraft to medical devices to cybersecurity.

After completing treatment for breast cancer in 2016, she founded the Center for Oncology Psychology Excellence. COPE is the first graduate-level specialty in the nation where clinical psychology students work with cancer patients, survivors and caregivers.

To learn more about Diane’s journey, visit

For questions or more information, contact Tricia Danburg at 308-698-5271 or


Source: Tricia Danburg, 308-698-5271,

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