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RECORDING: A Diverse Workforce Requires a Diverse Pipeline: How the PhD Project Is Changing Academia

DIVERSITY REBOOT SERIES 2024: Amplifying Black Excellence

At the time that I joined a then “Big 8” accounting firm in Detroit, Michigan, there was one Black female partner in an office of close to 1000 professionals (Deloitte & Touche, 1991, Betty Maple); and she was in tax, not audit. It never occurred to me that I would remain at the firm for more than a year or two since I had no indication that someone like me could succeed there. Fortunately, two of my professors planted the seed that I should consider returning for a PhD. And even more important, The PhD Project launched as I started the third year of my PhD program so that I had a network and the support that I needed to complete it. In 1994, I was one of the 175 minority doctoral students in business schools across the country. Today, I am one of the 1346 faculty.

You will walk away from this chat with:

An understanding of why you should pursue the PhD program you’ve been considering
The link between diverse education and diverse professionals
How you can apply to The PhD Project

Richelle Oakley (She/Her)

Dr. Richelle L. Oakley is an Associate Professor of Information Systems (IS) in the Mike Cottrell College of Business at the University of North Georgia. Her research interests include examining the role of technology in helping organizations achieve social goals that benefit society and examining the impact of emerging technology on human behavior. Recently in 2017-2019, Dr. Oakley was part of a team that was awarded approximately $400K in a National Science Foundation 3-year targeted infusion project grant to develop Interdisciplinary Data Analytics Certificate program at Savannah State University (her former institution). She has published her research in top-ranked IS and has presented her research at numerous regional, national, and international IS conferences.

Dr. Oakley is also actively involved in various service activities. She is a faculty mentor for the McNair Scholars program and is working with an undergraduate student on research examining user perceptions of disinformation in social media. For over 8 years, she has worked closely with KPMG’s Ph.D. Project, specifically with the Information Systems Doctoral Student Association (ISDSA). Dr. Oakley also serves as the President of the Southern Association for Information Systems (AIS).

Paquita Davis-Friday (She/Her)

Paquita Y. Davis-Friday is the Senior Associate Dean in the Zicklin School of Business at Baruch College and a professor in the Stan Ross Department of Accountancy. She earned her Ph.D. in accounting, MAE, MAcc and BBA from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor. Before entering the Ph.D. program, she was as an auditor and tax account for Deloitte and was certified in 1992 by the State of Michigan as a public accountant. Paquita currently serves on the Board of Trustees of Pollyanna Inc., a non-profit organization dedicated to helping institutions achieve their diversity, equity and inclusion goals.


RECORDING: Gaining Buy-In As The First Diverse Person On A Team

DIVERSITY REBOOT SERIES 2024: Amplifying Black Excellence

I have been a Woman in Tech before it was a “thing”. I have a Computer Science degree from the University of Texas at Austin and have been in the Retail Technology sector for almost 20 years. When I first started my career back in the year 2000, I was one of 2 women on my team but the ONLY black woman in the company. Being the “first” or the “only” in most anything is a daunting task. During this Chat and Learn session, I want to talk to you about my experience being in this position and how I help others who are in this position today.

You will walk away from this chat with:

Strategies on how to gain buy-in and respect from the majority of your team
The understanding that if you are the first or the only, you can help to create a more inclusive space for the other diverse people who may join the team

Barbara Jones (She/Her)

Barbara Jones is a serial entrepreneur and is currently the Founder/CEO of Freeing Returns (formerly known asLillii RNB), a leading IT consulting firm that helps Fortune 500 companies and government agencies increase their revenue, while improving the retail experience. We provide world-class subject matter experts in the areas of POS, Data Analytics, Fraud Prevention and IT Staffing.


Sales Strategy Summit


The last three years have changed the workplace as we know it forever. So, as you prepare for dynamic developments and constant change, what does your 2023 sales strategy look like?

PowerToFly’s own account executive team along with sales leaders from throughout tech, media, and beyond will come together to share their thoughts, plans, and strategies for the new year during this one-day event.

Topics could include:

  • Building trust with clients
  • How to motivate your team
  • Building your sales pipeline
  • The role of data in sales
  • And much more

This summit will end with a free virtual job fair featuring companies looking to expand their sales and customer success teams.


DEI in the UK and Europe: Diversity Reboot Summit

Diversity Reboot 2022:

DEI is not just a gimmick—it’s a philosophy and practice that aims to make the world and its workplaces more diverse, and build work environments that are as they ought to be: where everyone is included and can bring their whole selves to work.

PowerToFly’s first Diversity Reboot summit specifically for our community in the United Kingdom and Europe will bring together a diverse group of underrepresented talent along with DEI, HR, and Talent leaders in business, tech, sales and beyond to discuss the latest DEI initiatives in the region, celebrate progress, and connect with change makers. Participants will hear from experts in business, policy, wellness, media, finance, tech, and more.

Following the summit, participants are invited to a free virtual job fair where leading companies committed to creating diverse and equitable workplaces will be looking for candidates for high-visibility roles across a variety of fields, industries and locations including remote and hybrid opportunities.

Come join us!

Note: This summit is intended for experienced professionals looking for professional development and/or career opportunities as well as DEI, HR, Talent leaders and business leaders based in the UK and Europe. The summit will take place on local time for this region.