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.
Terri is Dean of Career and Professional Experience (CAPX) at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC), one of the nation’s most respected independent schools of art and design. She leads a team that guides students in making the transition from art school to self-sustaining creative careers.
Prior to joining SAIC in 2015, Terri was the Executive Director of the Coleman Entrepreneurship Center at DePaul University, where she was also a Clinical Professor of Management teaching undergraduate and graduate classes on creativity, entrepreneurship, and business history.
Terri can be reached by email at terri <at> terrilonier.com or via her LinkedIn profile.