Dinah Adkins was chief staff executive of the National Business Incubation Association from November 1988, when the association moved its headquarters from Pennsylvania to Athens, Ohio, until August 2009. Dinah oversaw all activities of the 1,900-plus member organization of incubator managers and developers and headed a staff of 14.
Under Dinah' direction, the association greatly expanded its customer base and increased membership and revenues many-fold. NBIA developed a comprehensive array of member services including publications, training, research, consulting and information clearinghouse activities. With Dinah in the lead, NBIA managed consulting efforts for major Japanese, Bulgarian, Chinese, Kuwaiti, Malaysian and American contractors.
Prior to assuming leadership of NBIA, Dinah was on the founding staff of the Ohio University Innovation Center from its inception in 1982. She managed the incubator from January 1986 until July 1989. Dinah also worked in journalism, public relations and events management. She holds bachelor's and master's degrees in English from Ohio University.
An invited speaker on topics related to business incubation at conferences throughout the world, Dinah is a member of the American Society of Association Executives. From 2005 until June 2007, she served as a member of the governing Board of Directors of the Qatar Foundation Science & Technology Park, at the invitation of Her Highness Sheikha Mozah Bint Nasser Al Missned. Dinah was previously a member of the advisory boards of the Panasonic Incubator of Cupertino, Calif., the Nidus Center for Scientific Enterprise, a life science incubator created by Monsanto Corp. and Washington University of St. Louis, and the National Center for Entrepreneurship in Rural America
She is the author and coauthor of numerous publications, including many journal and association articles. Among her titles are A Brief History of Business Incubation in the United States; Incubating in Rural Areas: Challenges and Keys to Success; Incubating Technology Businesses: A National Benchmarking Study; and Best Practices in Action. She also contributed to many other NBIA publications, most notably Developing a Business Incubation Program — Insights and Advice for Communities.
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