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Ivonne Chirino-KlevansIvonne Chirino-Klevans teaches courses on leading and managing at UNC Kenan-Flagler.

An award-winning teacher, she has 15 years of experience in online course design and delivery.

Dr. Chirino-Klevans’ academic work is widely published, and she is the author of several books on cross-cultural leadership, including “Cases on Global Leadership in the Contemporary Economy.” She is the principal investigator of award-winning virtual reality simulations that develop leadership skills across cultures.

She is an executive coach and has consulted extensively with global organizations on topics related to global leadership and diversity and inclusion. She is a consultant for NASCAR, and has taught courses on leadership and skill development for the organization.

Dr. Chirino-Klevans has served in many academic leadership positions, including as assistant dean of executive education at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business and founding member of Duke Corporate Education.

A former Olympic gymnast, she is bilingual in English and Spanish and has working knowledge in French and Portuguese.

She received her PhD in psychology from Iberoamericana University, her MBA from Universidad de las Américas, and her Master’s and BS in psychology from Georgia College and State University.

How do you identify yourself?

Former elite gymnast, mom, psychologist, professor, creator of opportunities.

List three things that people would be most surprised to learn about you.

That I was an elite gymnast, student-athlete and graduated at the top of my class while being a student-athlete and holding a job.

Whom do you admire and why?

My mom and dad. Both of them are role models for work ethic, resilience, tolerance to frustration and work ethic. They both raised five girls while going to school. My mom started college when my older sister and my dad started their own undergraduate study and I started mine. I clearly remember both of them studying at night while we would go to bed. I have memories of a dining table full of books. My parents taught us the importance of resilience, working for the goals we have set for ourselves and not taking no for an answer. They taught us not to allow anyone to define who we are or what our abilities were, but to put in the work while facing adversity.