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The 23rd Annual Conference of The PhD Project was held November 15-17 in Chicago, hosting 266 minority professionals who are considering business doctoral studies. At the meeting’s closing ceremony, nine of the Project’s participants were celebrated for having completed their doctorates in 2016-2017. NASBA has been a sponsor of The PhD Project since 2014, and CEO & President Ken Bishop serves on The PhD Project Board of Directors and chairs the Board’s Nominating Committee. Both Mr. Bishop and NASBA Chief Relations Officer Alfonzo Alexander attended the annual conference.

A current educator who had been an active member of The PhD Project throughout his doctoral program at Michigan State University, Dr. Brandis Phillips, CPA, was one of the recipients of NASBA’s 2017 Accounting Education Research Grant for his work on “Stereotype Threat and Mindset Orientation: Psychological Barriers to the Accounting Profession.”

The PhD Project was founded upon the premise that advancements in workplace diversity could be propelled forward by increasing the diversity of business school faculty. When The PhD Project was created, there were only 294 doctorally-qualified African-American, Hispanic American or Native American business professors in all U.S. business schools. Currently, there are 1,253 active minority business professors and 254 minorities enrolled in doctoral programs.

On October 20, the Project’s Committee on Hispanic Excellence (CHE) hosted its third Diversity Summit at the University of Texas at El Paso. CHE is comprised of PhD Project professors who are committed to increasing the involvement of Hispanic faculty in the mentoring of Hispanic students. Speakers at the October summit exchanged strategies for bringing Hispanic students into higher education and having major companies provide experiential learning to encourage them to complete their studies. More information about The PhD Project can be found on

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