(Mona Khalil written and read in Arabic from right to left)
I am a daughter, sister, and friend. As a first-generation Egyptian-Guyanese-American, I spent my childhood in Los Angeles until the uprisings of 1992 led me to Pasadena, CA.
My purpose has always been clear and simple—to know the best version of myself. Journaling has been a safe space for me since the age of 12. I started with pain, love, and hope, trying to map the complexity of my youthful emotions.
I completed my B.A. in International Studies from the University of California, San Diego. Upon graduating, I was a Peace Corps Volunteer (PCV) working in youth and community development. Years later, I served as the East Bay Director for the Northern California Peace Corps Association. During my two years in Morocco, I embraced writing. It provided a sanctuary to process my thoughts and emotions, and to discover myself as my new best friend. Poetry became a creative outlet for healthy expression. Since my return to the United States, pen and paper have continued to be my refuge. In May 2017, I published my first book, I Write Letters in my Thoughts—a collection of poetry where storytelling and healing fill an imposed silence.
I have a long decorated history of academic and professional development as a first-generation college graduate and professional. Early in my educational journey, I pursued a professional certificate in Nonprofit Management from Cal State Northridge while working full-time. While in nonprofit management, I taught myself, implemented, and oversaw an agency-wide performance management software, all while leading change management for the organization.
I graduated from my Executive Master of Business Administration (MBA) Program at Saint Mary's College of California while serving as the Cohort 24 Class Representative and Graduate Business School Student Advisory Board member. Previously, I completed the Stanford Advanced Project Management (SAPM) Program.
Most recently, I completed my Inner MBA immersion program in Mindful Business from New York University (NYU). The immersion program trained leaders on how to powerfully grow themselves and their companies by cultivating inner wisdom, compassion, and well-being with a commitment to offering inclusive and transformative experiences based on love, community, and healing.
I am currently enrolled in an ICF-Accredited professional coaching program with the Hudson Institute of Coaching, and a member of the International Coaching Federation, a globally recognized independent coaching organization.
I am an experienced professional across the nonprofit, research, tech, design, and education sectors. At Tesla, I worked on Global Business Operations, and was the founder and president of Tesla's Intersectionality Employee Resource Group (ERG) while serving as an advisor on the Tesla Diversity Leadership Council. At LinkedIn, I worked as a Sr. Program Manager in Inclusion Recruiting and served as a San Francisco Culture InDay Committee member. I was the lead instructor for the Social Media Marketing module of the Women of Color Entrepreneurs-Leadership certificate program at Bellarmine University’s Rubel School of Business. Recently, I worked as a Senior Consultant supporting management consulting, talent development, and the Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) lines of business with C-Suite level executives.