Laurel Delaney is a successful international entrepreneur, author, speaker and educator with more than 25 years of experience in global business. She is the founder of Chicago-based LaurelDelaney.com and GlobeTrade.com, both with a mission to promote and foster international entrepreneurship.
Ms. Delaney is a renowned global small business expert with a passion for helping small companies go global. She also helps big companies develop strategic initiatives that target global small businesses. Her first book, "Start and Run a Profitable Exporting Business" (Self Counsel Press), was featured in The Wall Street Journal, Entrepreneur and Inc. She teaches M.B.A. International Marketing at Loyola University of Chicago and is a regular contributing writer on global small business for the American Express OPEN Forum.
Awarded the Small Business Administration's "Illinois Exporter of the Year," Ms. Delaney serves on the International Editorial Advisory Board of the "Journal of International Entrepreneurship” and is also a pioneer member and a board member by appointment of the World Entrepreneurship Forum. Most recently, she was named to Irish America’s Annual “The Business 100,” celebrating corporate success and Irish heritage. She is also the Chicago Chapter Chair for the Women Presidents’ Organization.
Ms. Delaney is the creator of four blogs: The Global Small Business Blog (http://www.globalsmallbusinessblog.com), Escape From Corporate America (http://EscapeFromCorporateAmerica.com), Women Presidents' Organization Chicago (http://womenpresidentsorganizationchicago.blogspot.com), and Women Entrepreneurs GROW Global (http://womenentrepreneursgrowglobal.org). In addition, she writes and publishes a free monthly, 12-page e-newsletter called "Borderbuster," which is highly regarded for its excellence in providing information on global business.
She holds an M.B.A. from Lake Forest Graduate School of Management.