Co-Founder and PartnerCompany: Language & Culture Worldwide (LCW)
Role: Moderator / Session Presenter
2022 Conference Session:
Unpacking Racism at the Kitchen Table: Aunt Jemima, Uncle Ben’s and Cream of Wheat
Monica Francois Marcel is co-founder and partner at LCW. She serves as master consultant and chief engagement leader for Fortune 100 companies, world-class universities, and global NGOs. She brings a culture-based approach to her work disrupting DEI systems. She is committed to reinventing the ways training and development are delivered in order to help organizations everywhere achieve cultural transformations, develop cultural competence, interrupt unconscious bias, engage BIPOC and global talent, and better connect to the local contexts in all the locations where organizations operate.
Monica brings a perspective rooted in on-the-ground experience in more than 45 countries as well as 30-plus years of leading communication, learning, and organizational development projects. Her passion for cross-cultural work was awakened in the late 1990s while living in Latvia as a Peace Corps volunteer. There she served as an international development consultant for engineering and infrastructure projects with multinational teams. Earlier in her career, she was a senior program officer for the National Academies of Science and Engineering’s Transportation Research Board and a metropolitan planner with the U.S. Department of Transportation. She credits her training as an engineer for her love of research and all things systems-related.
Monica supports client partners like Boston Scientific, Carta, Unilever, Uber, Johnson & Johnson, Howard University, and Prudential. A frequent presenter at The Forum for Workplace Inclusion, her expertise has appeared in numerous outlets including Chicago Tribune, Boston Globe, Yahoo! India, Toronto Star, Ottawa Citizen, and Frommer’s Budget Travel. Her professional insight is also featured in periodicals such as the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), Ethics and Compliance Officers’ Association (ECOA), and the Association for Talent Development (ATD). Monica is the co-author of “Cultural Detective®: Global Business Ethics” volume as well as a university-level textbook chapter titled “Global Communications.”