Terri Lonier, PhD is a business strategist, entrepreneurship scholar, and business historian whose work explores the intersection of business, technology and visual culture. A pioneer in the microbusiness movement, she is the author of five books (John Wiley & Sons), hundreds of articles, and three audio programs. Her classic entrepreneurial startup guide, Working Solo, was named "the #1 choice for solo entrepreneurs" in an Inc. magazine cover story and "the free agent's bible" by Fast Company magazine.
Terri's consulting work has attracted numerous Fortune 100 and high-tech companies, including Apple, Cisco, DuPont, HP, IBM, Microsoft, Toshiba, and Visa USA. Her ongoing research, technology expertise, and direct experience with entrepreneurs make her a respected source for news and insights on the role of entrepreneurial thinking in the 21st century business environment. Her work has been featured in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Fortune, Business Week, Fast Company, Inc., and other publications, as well as on CNBC-TV and radio programs worldwide.
Terri is a frequent speaker at business conferences and events, and was honored as keynote speaker at the First International Conference for Women in Business in Tokyo, Japan.
In Fall 2009, Terri received her Ph.D. in Business History from New York University, where she held a five-year MacCracken Fellowship. Her doctoral research focused on the history of entrepreneurialism, branding, and food marketing.
Terri's research builds on her training in art and design (BFA, MFA), her deep experience with digital technology, and her interest in the impact of visual culture on business management and strategy. Her new blog — focused on these research areas as well as entrepreneurial innovation and the changing role of narrative — will be coming to this site soon.
In late 2012, Terri became the Executive Director of the Coleman Entrepreneurship Center at DePaul University in downtown Chicago. The Center is a partner to DePaul's acclaimed academic Entrepreneurship program, and serves as an entrepreneurial hub for DePaul students, faculty, staff, and alumni. Her new role also includes forging innovative partnerships with Chicago-area businesses.
Terri can be reached by email at terri <at> terrilonier.com, and you can join her mailing list here.