Monique Wells – Black Women in Europe™: Power List 2016 – A List of Our Own©

Monique Wells – Black Women in Europe™: Power List 2016 – A List of Our Own©

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Monique Y. Wells is a 20-year resident of Paris, France. She is co-owner of Discover Paris! – Personalized Itineraries for Independent Travelers, and is also a freelance travel writer and editor.

Through Discover Paris!, Monique has provided services tailored for the African-American traveler to Paris since 1999. Over the years, she has created Afro-centric itineraries, self-guided African-American history walking tours, a comprehensive Black Paris bus tour, and African-American hosted culinary activities for those wanting an in-depth travel experience in the City of Light. Her book, Paris Reflections: Walks Through African-American Paris (McDonald & Woodward, 2002; co-authored with Christiann Anderson), contains abbreviated versions of the walks that she proposes to Discover Paris! clients. She has provided private, guided tours of African-American Paris for student groups from Syracuse University, Stanford University, Vanderbilt University, and other schools.

Monique writes and edits articles on many aspects of life in Paris. Her articles have been published by the International Herald Tribune, San Francisco Chronicle, France Today, This City Paris, and other American newspapers, magazines and web publications. One of these articles was published in the anthology France, A Love Story (Seal Press, 2004).

Barnard College, Rice University, Virginia Commonwealth University, Texas Southern University, and numerous private groups have appreciated Monique’s lecture on “Black Paris and the Myth of a Colorblind France.” In 2011, she was named Black Culture and Heritage VIP in Paris by the online magazine African Diaspora Tourism.

Monique is also the president of Les Amis de Beauford Delaney, a French non-profit association whose goal is to honor painter Beauford Delaney and to educate the public about his life and art.


Dr. Monique Y. Wells has the Keys to Mastering a Well-rounded Life

Dr. Wells leads by example. She approaches the speaker’s podium with a background of public presentations at scientific congresses and workshops in the U.S., Europe, and Asia. She has provided guided walks and presentations to students from schools such as Syracuse University, Stanford University, and Rice University for the past ten years, teaching about the history and culture of France through the contributions of African-American and other African Diaspora expats. She presents clearly and concisely, with a relaxed and open style that draws in her audiences.

Monique Wells

Dr. Monique Y. Wells is a native of Houston, Texas and an 18-year resident of Paris, France. She has followed an unusual career path since leaving home at age sixteen to become one of the youngest students to attend the University of Pennsylvania. Finishing her undergraduate curriculum at the age of twenty, she was admitted to Penn’s Veterinary School, completing the curriculum by the age of twenty-four. Dr. Wells proceeded directly to graduate school at The Ohio State University, earning a Master’s degree in veterinary pathobiology at the age of twenty-eight. She worked in her chosen field in corporate America for two years before realizing her dream of moving to Paris, France in 1992. She now lives in the city’s famous Latin Quarter.

After working in corporate France for nine years with such companies as L’Oréal, Dr. Wells launched a consulting business in preclinical safety assessment. During this time, she and her husband created a travel-planning service called Discover Paris! The couple’s passion for the City of Light inspired them to write – they produce detailed, customized itineraries for clients, newsletter articles and blogs for Discover Paris!; books; and freelance articles for print and Web publications.

As an African American woman living in France, Wells is fascinated by the many contributions of African Americans to the history and culture there. Her interest in African Diaspora history and culture in Paris led her to create Discover Paris!’ Entrée to Black Paris™ Afrocentric walks and activities. It also inspired her to found the French non-profit association called Les Amis de Beauford Delaney, which recently achieved its principal goal of placing a tombstone at the unmarked grave of painter Beauford Delaney.

Dr. Wells developed an active interest in the theory and practice of time management when she found herself managing not only her consulting business in preclinical safety assessment; but also the editing of her travel-planning service’s monthly newsletter, blog, and weekly restaurant review; and the promotion of her husband’s book. The fear of being trapped in a social media “time sink” while using this powerful platform to
promote the travel business and the book forced her to hone her time management skills. She now provides time management training and coaching that focuses on elements identified through surveys as being problematic for specific industries, and has recently polled college students to determine what their needs are in this arena.

Wells is a “Certified Success Coach™” (Prime-Time Business Institute, Inc). Her article entitled “Time Management for Preclinical Safety Professionals” has been published in the peer-reviewed scientific publication Toxicologic Pathology, and her “Time Management for Travel Professionals” article has been published in the September/October 2010, Black Meetings and Tourism Magazine.

How to meet Dr. Wells:

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