Episode 69 • 12/07/2023

Blane Ruschak, President of The PhD Project, On Attracting Black, Hispanic and Native Americans to the World of Business Through Professors

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What’s really working to attract Black, Hispanic and Native American professionals to the world of business? 

In this episode of Associations Thrive, host Joanna Pineda interviews Blane Ruschak, President of The PhD Project. Blane discusses:

  • His personal journey from auditor to recruiter to head of The PhD project.
  • The importance of diversity in the business community and how The PhD project is making a difference by recruiting diverse candidates to get their PhDs and become professors at business schools around the country.
  • How The PhD supports its members through conferences, training and mentoring. The PhD project has a 90% PhD completion rate, a number unheard of in other programs.
  • How they help new PhDs become better teachers and researchers through training and conferences.
  • When The PhD project was founded, there were fewer than 300 Black, Hispanic and Native American professors in US business schools. Today, there are over 1700!
  • How their members become PhDs and professors to give back, make a difference in their communities, and conduct meaningful research.


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Associations Thrive podcast is hosted by Joanna Pineda, CEO & Chief Troublemaker at Matrix Group International. Joanna’s personal mission and the mission of Matrix Group is to help associations and nonprofits increase membership, generate revenue and thrive in the digital space. 

We believe that every association has a unique mission and unique story that demonstrates how they’re serving their members, impacting their industry, and ultimately changing the world. Every guest is an association Chief Executive, Executive Director or President. We’re here to help amplify their stories so all associations can learn and thrive, together.

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