Global business expert Dr. Terri Lonier, named one of the Top 50 Innovators by ChicagoInno, works at the intersection of entrepreneurship, technology, and creativity. A five-time author and authority on innovation practices, Lonier’s experience spans corporate, academic, and entrepreneurial realms. Companies who have requested her guidance include Apple, Oracle, Microsoft, IBM, Bosch, Visa, and others.
Lonier brings the creativity of an artist, the experience of a serial entrepreneur and investor, and the academic rigor of a PhD. Chief Innovation Officers looking to launch or enhance Innovation Labs seek her out. Lonier’s expertise, which she presents as The Craft of Innovation®, provides companies with faster, higher-quality innovation, bridging ideas to business reality in record times.
Terri blends the creativity of the studio with the realities of the boardroom.
Lonier’s next book, The Craft of Innovation, explores the practice, materials, and traditions of innovation. This will be Lonier’s sixth book, following Working Solo and Working Solo Sourcebook (both Fortune Book Club featured offerings), The Small Business Money Guide (co-authored with Lisa Aldisert), and Smart Strategies for Growing Your Business, (all published by John Wiley & Sons); and The Frugal Entrepreneur (Portico Press). Working Solo, Lonier’s pioneering guide to what became the gig economy, was named the “#1 book for solo entrepreneurs” in an Inc. magazine cover story and “the free agent’s bible” by Fast Company.
Lonier has been featured on the front page of the Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, USA Today, Fortune, Business Week, Fast Company, Inc., and other publications, as well as on CNBC-TV and radio programs worldwide. She frequently keynotes global business conferences and events, and has informed and entertained audiences in countries around the world, including Canada, France, Germany, and Japan.
Lonier received an MFA from the University of Florida and her PhD in Business History from New York University as a Henry MacCracken Fellow. Her current research focuses on the overlooked dimensions of innovation, and the tension between problem-solving and problem-finding.
After nearly two decades as a business professor and executive in academic institutions including New York University, DePaul University, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and Columbia College Chicago, Lonier has returned to her entrepreneurial roots, crafting innovative ideas into business reality for executive boards and leaders. You will find Lonier in a city around the world or in her home town of Chicago, engaged in her next creative project or with her husband, artist Robert Sedestrom.