Tonya McNeal Weary
President, Northern USA - India Business Council
Tonya McNeal-Weary is a multi-award winning entrepreneur, international business expert, world traveler, author and global champion for women’s economic empowerment. She is the Founder and Managing Director of IBS Global Consulting, Inc., a global management consulting firm that specialize in helping small and medium-sized companies expand into international markets. Tonya is an innovative and results-driven management consultant with a track record of success in building profitable companies in both domestic and international markets. Her expertise ranges across global market research, international business development and expansion, global product launch, global marketing strategy, economic development, investment attraction strategy, international trade and export promotion. Her company, IBS Global Consulting, was awarded the 2020 Global Excellence Awards® by Acquisition International Magazine and named “Best Business Expansion Consultancy – Midwest USA” by Corporate Vision Magazine, and received the British American Business Award from the British American Business Council of Michigan for achievement in promoting international trade between the UK and USA. As Managing Director at IBS Global Consulting, Tonya leads and manages consulting projects across multiple industry sectors and regions. She also organizes and leads business delegations to both emerging and developed countries to facilitate investment deals and international business partnerships. She has worked on multi-billion dollar projects for international institutions, including the European Commission. As a global champion for women’s economic empowerment, Tonya founded Michigan Association for Female Entrepreneurs (MAFE) in 2003, an award-winning non-profit organization dedicated to supporting, promoting and empowering women entrepreneurs in Michigan. Through her work with MAFE, Tonya has helped thousands of women turn their entrepreneurial aspirations into realization. Additionally, Tonya leads delegations of women entrepreneurs to countries across the globe to help women business owners broaden their exposure to international trade and export opportunities and gain access to international markets. Tonya pays it forward, contributing time and resources to help inspire the next generation of female business leaders and entrepreneurs. In 2012, she launched the Future CEO Leaders Program to provide mentoring and scholarship opportunities to young girls from underserved communities. Her passion for empowering women and girls has been recognized worldwide. For over a decade, Tonya has built an excellent reputation as a global thought leader and influencer with a passion for helping entrepreneurs, small business owners and investors connect to global markets. She is a global startup advisor and travels to countries around the globe helping startups, entrepreneurs and small business owners to “Think Global” and develop disruptive marketing strategies that sets them apart from the competition. She is the author of the forthcoming book “Women Going Global: Real-Life Stories of Women Entrepreneurs Doing Business Across Borders” which shares inspiring true stories of 14 women from countries around the world who have overcome the odds and are successfully doing business beyond their country’s borders. Tonya has been published in The Huffington Post, Forbes and Insight Magazine. She has also been featured in numerous publications, including the London Daily Post, Crain’s Detroit Business, Corp! Magazine, Ebony Magazine, The Michigan Front Page, Detroit Free Press, Michigan Chronicle, and The Michigan Citizen, to name a few. Tonya is an Accredited Management Consultant (AMC) and Certified Small Business Consultant. She holds an Executive Diploma in Management Consulting from Grenoble Ecole de Management (France), an MBA in International Business from Walsh College (USA), and a Bachelor's degree in Marketing with an emphasis in Advertising and Promotion from Davenport University (USA).