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A Waiting Room Epiphany

Five kids call Leila Borders “Grandma.” Hundreds of young  adults now call her “Professor.” In a quarter-century  corporate career, Leila Borders had never entertained a thought of teaching until she sat in a doctor’s waiting room one day in 1996, eyeing an article on a PhD Project participant. It was as if a light went…

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Never Give Up

Taking stock of his life, Frank Bryant had to admit that things could hardly look worse. Earning his MBA during the recession of the early 1990s, he returned to his economically depressed hometown, Buffalo, to a dormant job market.  His brand new degree was good for nothing more than a series of low-level temporary jobs.…

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Blazing the Trail

Dr. Bill Qualls was there from the beginning. As one of the attendees of the inaugural PhD Project conference, he was instrumental in helping the organization build its community, find its voice and spread its mission. He recalls getting his invitation to that first conference. “I was asked to be part of a group that…

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