PEMBROKE — Owen Thomas, a former student at The University of North Carolina at Pembroke, recently attended the invitation-only PhD Project, an award-winning program to create diversity in management at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare.
The PhD Project was created in 1994 to address the under-representation of blacks, Hispanic-Americans and American Indians in management by diversifying the front of the classroom-business school faculty.
Thomas, who received his master’s of Business Administration from UNCP, serves as a marketing supervisor for Sodexo Campus Dining Services in Pembroke.
The program seeks to encourage minorities to pursue business degrees, thereby increasing the pool of minority applicants for positions in today’s multicultural corporate environment.
Qualified candidates were invited to the two-and-a-half-day annual conference on Nov. 14, Nov. 15 and Nov. 16, where they heard from deans, professors and current minority doctoral students about the benefits of pursuing a business doctorate.
Candidates were also exposed to more than 100 doctoral-granting universities that are represented during a university exhibit fair at the conference.