Published 02/29/16

Management Prof. Kwesiga appointed to R.I. Commission for Women

Associate Professor of Management Eileen Kwesiga, Ph.D., has been named to the Rhode Island Commission for Women by Gov. Gina Raimondo.

Eileen KwesigaKwesiga noted that her scholarship focus on women and her involvement in a variety of other efforts contributed to her nomination. “I am grateful to Bryant for facilitating my growth and providing support for scholarship endeavors.”

When Raimondo, Rhode Island’s first woman governor, restored the Commission in 2015, she said: "We must stand behind our families and support one of our greatest and most underutilized resources – women." Established in 1970, the Rhode Island Commission on Women was charged with advocating, educating, and advising regarding issues that impact the status of women in the Ocean State. In restoring the commission, Raimondo said its members play an important role in promoting equity, strengthening Rhode Island’s economy, and “showing the leaders of tomorrow they can do anything they set their mind to."

At Bryant, Kwesiga teaches courses in leadership, organizational behavior, and global human resources. She travels the world alone and with students to build capacity in nonprofits and encourage social entrepreneurship in Kenya, Haiti, and other developing countries. Working as consultants, Kwesiga and her students have helped build small businesses, improve public health, and attract young supporters to the American Red Cross.

Kwesiga also has launched Oh So African Designs, a social venture partnership with self-taught African artisans – who, lacking startup capital, create jewelry from items found in nature or from recycled materials. The profits are plowed into educating children in the artisans’ communities. Kwesiga has said her dream for this venture is to significantly grow the profits for artisans so they can hone their jewelry-making acumen and develop community programs.

After receiving a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree from Cleveland State, she went on to earn a Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Arlington. A 2014 Presidential Fellow, Kwesiga is also the Founding Program Chair for Africa Academy of Management and a past Chair of the Academy of Management Caucus Committee.