Awards and "In the News"...

Dr. Lebron joins Jamie Casap, Google Education Evangelist, for the webcast "Diversity in the Higher Education Pipeline" sponsored by WCET.

As the 39th Latina Management professor in the U.S., Dr. Lebron was interviewed by Gwen Moran forFast Company  and how the PhD Project was pivotal in her success. 

The Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC) Ideas to Innovation Challenge asked people all over the world to answer the question, “What one idea would improve graduate management education? The contest was organized by GMAC’s Management Education for Tomorrow (MET) Fund, a $10 million fund to improve management education.  People from 60 countries submitted 600 entries.


Lebrón’s Winning Idea:  World Focus on Integrity Innovation (WFII), an interdisciplinary course that examines innovation, managerial decisions, firm and social consequences surrounding real-world events, such as the financial crisis, environmental disasters, water and food shortages, war, health problems, and corruption.


“This course impacts globally because it teaches in words and actions an interdisciplinary way of thinking and problem-solving by examining decisions and global consequences. More importantly, it challenges us [to understand] that integrity and innovation go hand in hand.” – Dr. Mariana J. Lebrón

Dr. Lebron joins the PhD Project in meeting with representatives from the U.S. Department of Education, the White House Initiative for Excellence in Higher Education for Hispanics,  Native Americans, and African Americans in discussing issues impacting the recruitment and retention of diverse faculty and students. 

•    Olympic Torchbearer, “Inspirational Torch Relay”, Olympic Games, Salt Lake, UT, 2002. One of over 250,000 nominated and 7,500 selected to carry the Olympic Torch on its way to Salt Lake City, UT, for the Winter Olympic Games in 2002.
•    Outstanding First Year Student Advocate, National Resource Center for the First Year Experience,
•    Ideas to Innovation Challenge - World Issues Focus on Integrity Innovation Multi-Disciplinary Course, 3rd Place (650 entries worldwide) Graduate Management Admission Challenge, Management Education for Tomorrow (MET) Fund , $10,000 award
•    First Year Experience Programs to Look For, U.S. News and World Report, 2004.
•    Distinguished Alumni Service Award, Oklahoma State University
•    Outstanding Service to Commission III American College Student Personnel Association (ACPA) Housing and Residence Life Commission (Chair, National Housing & Residential Life Professional Staff Recruitment  & Retention Study) 
•    Rising Star Award, National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA)
•    Advisor of the Year, Southwest Association of College and University Residence Halls (SWACURH)
•    Advisor of the Month, Northeast Affiliate of College and University Residence Halls(NACURH)
•    Advisor of the Year, Kansas State University at Salina
•    Advisor of the Year, Oklahoma State University
•    Staff Member of the Year, Kansas State University at Salina
•    Excellence in Advising Award, Syracuse University
•    Office of Residence Life Award for Excellence in Professional Development, Syracuse University
•    Outstanding Reviewer - Business Policy and Strategy Division, Academy of Management
•    Outstanding Website & Publication, National Orientation Directors Association (NODA)
•    Vice President’s Students First Award, Syracuse University
•    Excellence in Advising Award, Syracuse University
•    Office of Residence Life Award for Excellence in Professional Development, Syracuse University 


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