The Diane Weiss Consulting Competition Fund is an endowment created in 1997 through a generous gift from the Weiss family. The fund provides a cash prize for the members of the winning team and supports a scholarship for an MBA/MSW student, among other initiatives.
This desire brought her to Boston College, where, in fall 1982, she began work toward a joint MBA/Master of Social work degree. At the Graduate School of Management, her academic ability and managerial talents blossomed. She was oral competition leader for her consulting group, which placed first among the 1984 teams. She earned the highest GPA in her graduating class. She was research assistant to two professors. All this while struggling with the early stages of a disease that would eventually be diagnosed as a form of cancer.
She received her degree in May 1985, and was married in June of that same year. Following her graduation Diane pursued her dreams by accepting a full-time position at the Massachusetts Department of Public Welfare, where she had worked part-time during her last year in the graduate program. In November 1986, she succumbed to cancer.
Diane Weiss was a caring person who dedicated her life to helping others and pursuing managerial excellence. While her life ended before she could fully utilize her considerable talents, her brilliance and concern are remembered by many.
On May 1, 1987, the Massachusetts Department of Public Welfare selected Diane to receive posthumously the Commissioner's Compassion Award. The award, which honors unique acts of service to clients, cited her "remarkable courage and profound concern for the poor of the commonwealth." Also in May of that year, the Boston College MBA Consulting Competition, which had formed such an important part of her graduate studies, was named in her honor.