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Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Monty Edson

Lecturer in Business, Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Monty Edson has 25+ years of experience as a business coach and education leader. Monty Edson has spent his career helping business professionals develop strategic thinking and marketing skills to manage innovation and improve business results.

Monty Edson helps business owners in the Chicago area create and implement powerful management rhythms and processes.  His clients are growth-oriented, entrepreneur-led organizations ($1 million to $25 million in revenue; 10 to 150 employees).  Monty’s 6-step, 4-way methodology consistently generates significant improvements in his clients’ strategic focus, team dynamics, execution effectiveness and financial results.

Monty is a Certified Business Coach with Peak Performance / ActionCOACH.  Prior to developing his business coaching practice, he was Senior Vice President, Marketing at Guarantee Trust Life Insurance Company where he created a de novo line of business that eventually accounted for over a quarter of the firm’s revenue.  

Monty has been an adjunct professor at the Lake Forest Graduate School of Management for many years and plays a key role in developing its core strategic management and innovation MBA courses.  He has also served as the school’s board chair and was instrumental in selecting the current CEO. Monty also serves as an advisor at Lake Forest’s Career Resource Center, which helps individuals in job transition.

Monty has a bachelor of arts degree from Middlebury College and a Masters of Business Administration from Harvard University, where he was selected as a Baker Scholar.

Areas of Specializaion

Strategy Development and Implementation, Business Planning, Business Model Design, Value proposition Creation, Innovation, Leadership


MBA Strategy and Marketing, Harvard Business School, 1971-1972

BA American Literature, Middlebury College 1964-1968

Selected Courses Taught

ENTP 110 Introduction to Innovation, Design Thinking, and Entrepreneurship

ENTP 250 Small Business Leadership and Management 

Professional Experience

Business Coach, Peak Performance/ ActionCOACH, 2010-Present.

Faculty, Lake Forest Graduate School of Management, 1990-Present.

Acting President and CEO, Lake Forest Graduate School of Management, 2014.

Senior Vice President, Guarantee Trust Life Ins. Co., 1985-2009.