Emerging Scholar Awards

A small number of Emerging Scholar Awards are given to outstanding graduate students and emerging scholars who have an active research interest in the conference themes. The Award provides a strong professional development opportunity for early career academics—meeting experts in the field, interacting with colleagues from other parts of the world, and creating networks and lasting connections. Awardees are invited to attend the conference to present their work and play a critical organizational role in the conference by leading discussions, chairing parallel sessions, and providing assistance in session rooms.

Applications are open to those pursuing research degrees, post- and graduate students, as well as early career faculty.

To apply, follow the link below. You may also view further instructions by selecting our "Step-By-Step Guide."

Final Deadline: 13 February 2020

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.

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