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Mona Pearl


Adjunct Instructor

Programs/Classes Taught:

MBA 529, International Management

MBA 503, Leadership and Change

MGT 436, Critical Thinking

MGT 400, Strategic Management

MGT 410, Management Skills & Applications

MGT 430, Management Communication

MGT 479, Practicum

MGT 488, Organizational Change

Areas of Expertise:

International Business

Strategic Management and Planning

Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Leadership and Communication

Cross-Cultural Communication


Mona Pearl is a global business development and implementation leader, helping plan, shape and carry-out strategies to launch products, services and private/public initiatives across borders. She has been working with companies in various stages around the world, as well as governments, Fortune 1000, middle-market, and emerging markets companies that wish to fully tap into their global potential, but are not there yet. Her experience benefits companies that are in need of a panoramic perspective and creative tactics that help identify, qualify and align the right opportunities with the proper markets.

She started and successfully operated three businesses of her own, and has worked with over 20 start-up initiatives internationally. She led projects in Europe, North America, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East.  In her role as a project leader, she helps companies build and scale businesses worldwide. She excels in driving participation across multi-stakeholder environments for corporate, private-public partnerships, M&A and technology investments toward achieving growth and competitive advantage across-borders.

As a subject matter expert, she is a respected international advisor to many of the world's leading companies and governments on global strategy, transformation and innovation. 

Mona holds a Master’s degree in International Business from DePaul University and a Bachelor’s degree in Spanish and Communications from Northeastern Illinois University.  She has lived on three continents and speaks five languages.  She also teaches global marketing and management in universities around the world (North America, Europe, Asia), and is a requested speaker in conferences worldwide.

She is the author of “Grow Globally: Opportunities for Your Middle Market Company Around the World” and is a sought after contributor to worldwide conferences, media and leading publications such as: Deal Reporter, CNBC, Oracle, Chicago Tribune, NPR/WBEZ, Microsoft, Bloomberg, AsiaBiz, Insider’s Business Daly, Leadership Magazine, Global Finance, Format, Crain’s Chicago,, the United Nations, and more on global strategy, execution and industry competitive intelligence.  


Master’s in International Business from DePaul, Chicago

Bachelor’s in Spanish and Communication

Research and Interests:

Strategic Planning

Global Growth Strategies

Entrepreneurship & Intrapreneurship

Management and Leadership

Cross-Cultural Communication & Negotiations

International Management Skills & Applications


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