Monique Mills, MBA, PMP
Visionary Business Innovation Leader

Monique Mills received her undergraduate electrical engineering degree from the Rochester Institute of Technology and her MBA, with a concentration in Management of Technology, from the Georgia Institute of Technology.  After many years of corporate industry experience, she took the plunge and stepped out on her own to create and lead the growth of her own technology company as well as a multidisciplinary management consulting company, TPM Focus.  

Managing a busy career while being the mother of two, Monique faced the challenge of personal and professional event planning while also balancing life’s many obligations. This experience provided the genesis for her first technology company, ThePartyMatch -– a software(SaaS) application designed to match underused space to busy professionals seeking a unique venue for their corporate or social event.  In addition, the technology included artificial intelligence components to provide real-time availability, cost information, and venue rental details.

Monique was requested and honored to pitch ThePartyMatch in a private, invitation-only casting for ABC's Shark Tank, a reality television show for cutting edge entrepreneurs, as well as for Steve Case, an American innovator and Founder of AOL, during his Rise of Rest tour around the nation.  

As a certified PMP (Project Management Professional) with many years of project management experience across several industries and as Principal of TPM Focus, Monique uses a strategic approach based upon PMI Project Management principles, Blue Ocean Strategies, Design Thinking, and Agile and Lean Methodologies to develop innovative ideas into early-stage startup companies and help mature small businesses upgrade and expand their operations with cutting-edge strategies and technologies to remain competitive in the market.  She was selected as a Director for Founder Institute to launch an Atlanta chapter of their premier idea-stage accelerator and startup launch program.  Moreover, she serves as a mentor for entrepreneurs as a volunteer for SCORE, a 50 year-old non-profit association supported by the U.S. Small Business Association (SBA) dedicated to helping small businesses get off the ground, grow, and achieve goals through education and mentoring.  

Monique's earliest entrepreneurial experience began while simultaneously working in her engineering career.  As a result of her love of real estate and desire to manage her personal investment transactions, she became a licensed Realtor and launched a real estate sales and consulting business to assist other investors in strategic planning and execution of their real estate ventures.  Monique has over a decade of experience and expertise in buying, selling, leasing, and construction management of both residential and commercial properties.  She is a Member of the Atlanta Commercial Board of Realtors.  

As a woman in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) for almost two decades, Monique has experienced many challenges and rewards along her journey. She is committed to helping and connecting with others who share the same love of STEM and may be considering pursuing or actively involved in a STEM field. Monique partners with many organizations to support the recruitment, retainment, and advancement of women in STEM-related educational tracks and career fields as well as organizations that incite and support the entrepreneurial spirit in others.

Monique is often an invited speaker on both topics and eagerly accepts opportunities to share her experiences and extend the message of encouragement to diverse audiences. 

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Popular Speaking Topics

-  The Entrepreneurial Journey 
-  Building a Tech Company From An Idea 
-  Being an Engineer and an Entrepreneur

-  Building a Professional Network 
-  Differences Between Corporate Culture and Startup Culture 
-  Women in STEM Careers
-  Emerging as Leader in Non-Diverse Work Environments 
-  Attitudes and Action Determine Your Outcome, Not Your Past Challenges 
-  Leveraging the Startup Ecosystem in Atlanta 

-  PMP Certification Exam and Agile Project Management
-  Building an MVP (Minimum Viable Product) Using Agile Practices
-  Technology & Project Management in Innovation and Entrepreneurship