2020 Recipients

​Jasmine Cruz

​Jasmine Cruz

St. John Fisher College, United States

Jasmine Cruz has over 8 years of experience in Human Resources with a primary focus on implementing strategic HR goals in recruitment, retention and employee engagement. In her current role as the Cultural & Health Equity Manager for Montefiore Medical Center, Jasmine is responsible for implementing a comprehensive diversity & inclusion strategy for the Hudson Valley Collaborative DSRIP program. Jasmine earned her Society for Human Resources Senior Certified Professional certificate in May 2019 and hopes to continue to expand her expertise in the diversity & inclusion field.

Jasmine completed her master’s degree in human resource management with a focus on organizational effectiveness at Manhattanville College. Jasmine Is currently a doctoral candidate for 2021 at St. John Fisher College. Her dissertation topic and research will examine employees decision making process and the impact of mental health stigma if any on employees decision to disclose or not disclose their mental health status in the workplace.

Jasmine has a strong passion for changing the way the world talks about mental health and creating a more inclusive work environments by supporting new opportunities to facilitate healthy and sometimes difficult conversations about mental health one talk at a time. Jasmine is a certified Adult Mental Health First Aid USA instructor and uses her skills to work every day to combat mental health stigma, achieve equity and support inclusivity for all individuals in the workplace. Outside of work, school, being mother to daughters Alexis, Ariana and Alyse Bella, Jasmine enjoys pushing herself as a long-distance runner. Jasmine recently trained and completed the 2019 Berlin, Chicago and NYC marathon where she ran to promote mental health awareness and raise money for the American Cancer Society.

​Shazra Saad Mian

​Shazra Saad Mian

NUST Business School, Pakistan

Shazra Saad Mian is an MS HRM Scholar and research assistant at NUST Business School, Pakistan. Besides her academic career, she is founder and CEO of SYNC Clothing, an enterprise aiming to empower marginalized communities. Moreover, she is pursuing fellowship with British Council’s DICE Program and interning at HRM Directorate of Higher Education Commission, Pakistan. She is an alumnus of Lahore School of Economics and International School of Choueifat. As a researcher, she has authored various papers and been accepted at international conferences in Canada, Azerbaijan, UAE, Thailand, and Turkey.

Shazra spent the early years of her life in her native village, closely observing underprivileged communities. As she grew older, she developed the passion of working for the development of marginalized communities. She is now striving to increase the outreach of skilled/creative women of villages towards urban markets through social entrepreneurship, social media platforms, and training. She is a well-rounded individual who spends her free time cooking, traveling, and blogging, and she believes in living life with passion.

Gajendra Liyanaarachchi

Gajendra Liyanaarachchi

Griffith University, Australia

Gajendra Liyanaarachchi is an associate member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, UK and Certified Practising Accountants, Australia with a BSc management degree and an MBA. He functioned as the CEO of Virtual Business School, which specialises in corporate training, professional education, and business development before commencing his PhD at Griffith University, Australia. Gajendra is a dynamic lecturer with international experience teaching for undergraduate, postgraduate, and professional examinations in business strategy, management, marketing, and organisational behaviour, and he was the recipient of the Global Tutor of the Year Award in 2006 from the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, UK.

Janki Shah

Janki Shah

Toronto School of Management, Canada

Janki Shah is a business faculty at Toronto School of Management teaching various business courses. Janki has been actively involved in the community providing educational guidance to students in course planning based on their degree and future goals. She has also been providing her judging services to DECA for identifying the business talent across North America. Janki’s research interests align in the areas of organizational behavior, organizational culture, organizational learning, and knowledge management. She is pursuing a PhD in business management at Capella University and is on a path of becoming a lifelong scholar-practitioner.

​Ying Li

​Ying Li

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, United States

Ying Li is a doctoral candidate of macro organizational behavior at the Gies College of Business, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her general research interest is how meanings are socially shaped and culturally shared, and how they influence the emergence and evolution of organizations and industries. She uses both qualitative and quantitative methods to explore these dynamics, both historically and contemporarily. Most of her projects are grounded in cultural and creative industries. Her most recent work is about how art house movie theaters stay true to commitment despite challenges to sustain survival and temptations to induce mission drift.

Veronica Perry

Veronica Perry

University of Southern California, Annenberg, United States

Veronica received her BA in communication from California State University, Sacramento in 2016. She is currently a second-year master’s student in the communication management program at University of Southern California, Annenberg and will begin doctoral studies in communication at Texas A&M University next fall. She is interested in understanding how stress affects employee well-being and productivity. More specifically, she is interested in how organizations can facilitate cultures and environments where employees are able to develop resilience and recover quicker from adversity. She is also interested in how social learning theory can be applied in organizations to increase an employee’s ability to bounce back from hardship, improve their mental health, and fortify their well-being.

​Sandy Arief

​Sandy Arief

Macquarie University, Australia

Sandy Arief is a PhD candidate in the Department of Accounting and Corporate Governance at Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia. He is also a research assistant at Macquarie Business School. In 2007-2008, he participated in Training of Trainers and Training of Writers in Economics and Pedagogy in Mexico and Egypt funded by the U.S. Department of Education and Council for Economic Education (CEE) New York, USA. In 2012, he won the Best Paper Award at the 4th Indonesia International Conference on Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Small Business (IICIES) from the School of Business and Management Institut Teknologi Bandung (SBM-ITB). In 2018, he headed the Department of Research and Education of Indonesian Students Association in Australia (PPI Australia). His research interests include organizational culture, leadership, employee empowerment, and entrepreneurship.

​Syeda Asia

​Syeda Asia

Delhi School of Economics, India

Syeda Asia is currently a doctoral scholar at the Department of Sociology, Delhi School of Economics. Her work is attempting to re-imagine the organisational strategy in consortia through a sociology of emotions. She has worked as a Gandhi Fellow in rural India for two years, following which she has been consulting Rishi Valley Institute for Educational Resources over content curation for faculty enrichment in school education. Asia is a founding member of LEARN, an initiative for life skills education and entrepreneurship development in India. Through this initiative, she aims to develop a comprehensive research base that effectively contributes to emerging organizational work cultures. Syeda now hopes to contribute to grassroots action with her recent collaboration with PAIGAM, a social efforts aggregator working for community participation for development.

In Their Words ...

I learned so much valuable information. Having the chance to chair some of the sessions gave me the chance to meet other individuals from all over the world opened my eyes to so many opportunities for my future."

Thi-Anna Hunter, 2014 Awardee

The exposure to many speakers of various themes and the ability to interact with scholars and practitioners who work in areas similar to mine were the highlights of being a part of this conference. "

Aneetha Kasuganti, 2015 Awardee