Monica Francois Marcel
Get to know me in three:
- My home away from home:
- Latvia. Living in that bucolic country alongside such kind and resilient people for two years was the pivotal period of my life and the origin of my passion and talent for working across cultures.
- The values that influence me:
- Activism and systems-thinking are two things my parents really rooted in our family. My four siblings and I were gently pushed around the dinner table to understand how the world works, why things are the way they are—and how we should use that understanding to make a difference for other people.
- My diversity story:
- Born and raised in the suburbs of Washington DC to middle-class parents of Irish and German background—today, my immediate family includes citizens of Mexico, The Netherlands, Canada, Romania, Bulgaria, Austria, and Switzerland. Every day, my family helps me practice my inclusion skillset for valuing and incorporating cross-cultural perspectives—especially at home, where my husband and I raise our son to know and value his Mexican roots right alongside my side of the family’s European identity.
Monica serves as Master Consultant and Chief Engagement Leader for clients ranging from Fortune 100 companies to world class universities. She has helped numerous organizations across the globe achieve cultural transformations, develop cultural competence, interrupt unconscious bias, engage global talent, and better connect to the local contexts in all the locations where they operate.
Monica brings a perspective rooted in on-the-ground experience in over 45 countries as well as 20+ 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 US Department of Transportation.
Monica supports client partners like Boston Scientific, Unilever, Uber, and Boston Consulting Group. Her expertise has appeared in numerous outlets including the 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.