Monique Hayward is President and CEO of Nouveau Connoisseurs Corporation, which owned and operated the award-winning Dessert Noir Café & Bar in Beaverton, Oregon, between January 2005 and July 2009.
Monique was also a partner in Cerise Noire Software, a mobile software applications company, between May 2010 and December 2011. In February 2009, she released her debut book, Divas Doing Business: What the Guidebooks Don’t Tell You About Being a Woman Entrepreneur, which includes a foreword by Oscar-winning actor Morgan Freeman.
In addition, she’s very active in the business community, participates as a member in several professional associations, and speaks to many business groups and colleges and universities about entrepreneurship and leadership in business. In addition to her entrepreneurial pursuits, Monique is a senior marketing manager at Intel Corporation, where she’s worked for the last 15 years in a number of roles in marketing, communications, and business development across various business groups, including software and services, mobile and desktop platforms, and global diversity.