✓ if you are a successful corporate executive looking for what’s next outside of industry
✓ if you are happily employed but always looking to do better,
✓ if you are out of the market and looking to get back in,
✓ if you are considering how to become a thought-leader, entrepreneur or portfolio careerist on your own.
"Diana has created and curated some very powerful resources which, when applied in conjunction with the guidance and advice she offers, deliver actual progress that even the most serious of self-doubters and procrastinators cannot avoid! I now have more clarity around the opportunities in front of me and cohesion between the various projects and areas of interest that I have."
"As a result of engaging in the Future Proof Course, I am now writing a book and will soon be able to add the title ‘Author' to my brand! Through the Future Proof Course, Diana provided dependable leadership and guidance, she was on every call, and promptly answered questions (in writing, by phone, and on video!). Advantageous insight was gained and intuitive learning tools were supplied, this kept me accountable to myself, our professor Diana, and to my fellow Future Proofers. I was motivated to take first steps by pinning down goal dates; then, sharing them. "
"After a fancy diploma title and fifteen years working for distinguished corporates, my heart wanted to move on to a more meaningful mission but I was tight with financial obligations living in an expensive city with a family of two children. After meeting Diana and engaging in her course, I started to smile again. The course taught me the tools to re-organize my life in order to make room for my side project."
"The Futureproof course has been invaluable to me during the launch of my business. I gained astute feedback and insights from Diana and the other course participants on my market positioning, marketing strategy and personal branding. Diana was genuinely invested in ensuring each of us made progress towards our goals every week and was always generous with her time, advice and access to her personal network, which is impressively extensive. I highly recommend this course for anyone contemplating a change or starting a new project as it will provide both a structure and network for taking those first steps towards a new venture or stage of life."
"As an Executive I knew where I had been and that I was ready to move from a success oriented plan to a significance focused path. Diana and my Future Proof cohort helped me move from my passionate, yet scattered, interests into a petri dish...and next to a well lit and warm greenhouse. My effort and attention is now aligned and gaining momentum. Diana has provided masterful guidance for our team of global action oriented leaders. Future Proof came along at the ideal time with enough structure and enough flexibility to win the day."
Pre-course Self-Assessment to identify your goals, opportunities and obstacles
Monthly masterclasses with our network of authors, influencers, board directors and portfolio gurus to give you a rich variety of input
Those who finish the coursework can join with their beverage of choice to celebrate and talk about what’s next!
Welcome to the course, course overview, get to know other participants and the platform. Prior to this you will have a welcome packet to fill out and an on-boarding call to make sure you get the most out of the course.
Forecasting for the future is an opportunity for you to think about where you think the world is going and use it to focus your efforts for the most reward.
Finding True North is about taking time to reflect on your values and priorities. We’ll talk about frameworks for success and the importance of reflecting to gain clarity both in advance of new decisions and along the way.
Defining the Narrative is about finding your story. It is about developing your personal brand to be able to talk about what you have done, but more importantly who you are, what you stand for and what you want to do.
Telling Your Story involves thinking about how that message changes in different environments and for different audiences. We also include an optional Life Map exercise to help you generate a through line to combine different stories and pull examples from the past that you can incorporate.
Collaborate is about increasing the skills of working across people and projects by gaining a greater sense of awareness about your own style and creating a “personal user manual” to help speed up your ability to work with others individually or in teams.
Building and maintaining a strategic network includes the results and the audience and channels you can use to achieve them. It is about how you develop a network of people to make your desires reality. That can mean key people within your company, influencers or contacts outside of it and also the people in your life that you need to make it a balanced, satisfying one.
Focus covers how you can structure your day for better clarity, balancing what you need to do with time to build for future success and happiness.
Taking it forward. What are your outstanding questions that you wished we had covered? We'll try to cover these here and find some time to wrap up to set you on the road with some fuel in your tank and some clarity around direction. But this isn't goodbye because we will continue to provide discussion prompts and guest visitors in the Facebook group.
This is where we will have a library of past masterclasses from all courses, reading list for further study, goals mapping and other exercises that can set you on the path of perpetual upgrading and lifelong learning.
Diana Wu David is a strategist, innovator and entrepreneur and the founder of Sarana Capital and Sarana Labs, which transform how executives work and prepare companies for the future of work, invest in edtech and HR technology, and support innovative education initiatives across public and private sectors. A super-connector of people and a sought-after speaker, Diana lives in Hong Kong with her husband and their three children.
You can pace yourself and don’t need to finish the course in ten weeks if other things get in the way. In fact, you can pick and choose which elements work best for you and skip the others if that works better. The coursework and videos will be available to you for as long as the course is up.
We'll have a huge finishers party at the end of 10 weeks to celebrate for those who have completed more than 75% of the coursework and posted their personal brand statement.
You will have lifetime access to our Facebook group to continue the support, feedback and community that many participants find helpful. This also gives you access to the monthly calls and Ask Me Anything calls. You will also get early notice of discounts to new events, retreats, and strategy sessions as a part of the Future Proof Tribe.
You can do the basics of the course in an hour a week, though you may find yourself wanting to go deeper for some sections. Each week you will receive an email introducing the topic and a link to pre-work of an article or video reference that will take 10-15 minutes. Then you have short videos in the course + worksheets + homework. The homework will be something like, "draft your personal brand statement (1-2 sentences) and pop it into the Facebook group for feedback".
The more time you spend interacting with the community and with the materials, the more you can get out of it but you have access for life so can always go back to them when you have more time or the topic becomes more relevant.
In addition, we do a one-hour video call to introduce everyone at the beginning of the class, an optional check-in midway and a finisher’s party.
You will leave the course with a way to assess future growth areas in your business, an understanding of the values that can help you filter decisions, a personal brand statement that reflects how you want people to see you, a personal user manual that lets people know the best way to work with you, a focus for your strategic network building and a path forward at the end to pull things together and take it forward.
In addition to this, you have a community of people that can provide you with accountability, feedback, ideas and support during the course and beyond.
This course is ideal for people who are considering how to reinvent themselves for new opportunities (including as an entrepreneur or portfolio careerist) or in career transition.
To be future proof is to be adaptable. Being able to look for new ways to apply your unique combinations of skills, qualities and quirks in viable ways is a huge part of that. We will think through growth areas to consider for new work, your values and how to express them in your work and the story and network that can support the new way you would like to present yourself.