Diane Rudner, the mother of two girls, grew up in Memphis, Tennessee where she attended
East High School. In 1972, she Graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a Bachelor of Arts Degree
in Psychology and Sociology from the University of Maryland in College Park.
Her professional career began as a management trainee at Manufacturers Hanover Trust
Bank in New York City. She became Vice President of Corporate Planning during her
eleven-year tenure there. While residing in Tokyo, Japan from 1986 until 1989, Ms.
Rudner chaired the American Orientations Committee acting as a consultant to the Tokyo
Community Counseling Service, the only English-speaking agency of its kind. Shortly
after returning to Memphis in 1991, she began Insight Associates, which specializes
in corporate and strategic planning primarily for family businesses and partnerships.
Ms. Rudner has held many leadership positions in the Memphis civic community having
served as Chairman of both the Memphis Arts Council and WONDERS: The International
Cultural Series. She was the Vice Chair of the Memphis/Shelby Crime Commission and
in 2002 was selected for Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government Inaugural Class of
Women And Power: Leadership in a New World.
Last May, Ms. Rudner received the Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from LeMoyne-Owen
College and currently serves on the Memphis Board of SunTrust Bank, Memphis Tomorrow
and the Overton Park Conservancy. However, the majority of her time is spent at the
Plough Foundation, a private philanthropic organization, where she has served on the
Board since 1990 and as Chairman since 1997.