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Meet the Talent Development Series Team


Matthew Mitchell, Facilitator

Matthew Mitchell, is an associate professor of International Business and Strategy at Drake University. He is a recipient of Drake University's Madelyn M. Levitt Teacher of the Year Award and is Fellow of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufacturers and Commerce. He has served as executive editor of the journal International Business: Research, Teaching, and Practice and is a Fellow of the largest national chapter of the Academy of International Business. He earned degrees in physics, math and an MBA from Rollins College, and his PhD in International Business from the University of South Carolina—the world’s leading program in international business. His research investigates the relationship between firm strategy, politics, and religion in global markets. He has written and published extensively on these topics. Mitchell has travelled, lived, and worked in more than 75 countries, and he has advised Fortune 500 companies, governments, educational institutions, and non-profit organizations around the world in the areas of executive leadership development, board management, facilitation and education, risk management and analysis, international management, and cross-cultural communication among other subjects.


Ina Purvanova, Associate Professor

Radostina (Ina) Purvanova is an associate professor of leadership and management at Drake University’s College of Business and Public Administration. She received her PhD in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from the University of Minnesota in 2008. Her research interests lie in the area of leadership and work teams, with a focus on leadership and team processes in virtual teams. Purvanova also explores issues related to women in the workplace, employee motivation, and high-quality work relationships. Her research has been published in prestigious management journals, including The Academy of Management Journal, Personnel Psychology, The Leadership Quarterly, Journal of Vocational Behavior, Human Performance, and Small Group Research.


Kavi Chawla, Facilitator

Kavi is a Partner in Baton Global, a boutique management consulting firm, and is currently serving as a visiting scholar in the Department of International Business at Drake University.  Kavi has spent the last 12 years as a strategy advisor and consultant and is a featured speaker, presenter, and panelist at strategy and finance conferences globally. He authors a monthly column on strategy and innovation for RedMoney, a leading financial services news provider. Prior to his consultant role, Kavi was with Deutche Bank’s Investment Banking Group in London.  He holds an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and a master’s in international affairs from the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University. 


To learn more about the Talent Development Series or to discuss your options, email or call 515-271-2259.