1. Please, can our readers get to know you? Briefly introduce yourself to our audience.
I am a newly minted doctor, educator, statistician and data scientist who is currently serving as a member of the Grammy Recording Academy (GrammyU) and a faculty member at Columbia University and Queens College.
2. What exactly are you into? What is your business all about?
I am primarily interested in research and educating college students. The purview of my research includes Econometrics, Sports Analytics, and Cooperative Game Theory.
I have successfully published my dissertation entitled “The Examination of Investor Sentiment, Weather Patterns and Stock Returns”, advised by Dr. David Turi, Dr. William Okrepkie (Purdue University) and Dr. Mark Ritzmann (Columbia University).
Prior to defending and publishing my dissertation, I respectively published 2 peer-reviewed academic articles in quantitative finance and sports analytics Additionally, I am a TEDx Speaker and I have been selected as a ‘Forbes Under 30 Scholar (class of 2018)’.
3. What inspired you to get started?
My fascination with numbers at a young age inspired me to get started in my career. Since elementary school, I always knew that I can make an impact in this world through mathematics. As I grew older, I realized that I can ultimately make contributions by cultivating different applications of mathematics in the capacity of business and economics.
4. What is your educational background?
I have a Doctorate degree in Business Administration (DBA) from Felician University (2019); a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Brooklyn College (2016) and a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from Queens College (2015)
5. What are your motivations?
My motivation is rejection. Over the years, I have perseverance through thousands of regret letters and rejections from various college institutions and financial organizations in Wall Street.
Through rejection, I learned to utilize other forums to successfully accomplish my academic and professional objectives.
6. What advice do you have for other people who want to do this same thing?
I would advise other professionals to establish a group of advisers – the people that are willing to offer academic and/or professional guidance, as well as mentorship- the selective people that are willing to provide 1st degree academic/professional support when you are in the “room” and sponsors- the highly selective people that are willing to provide 2nd and 3rd degree academic/professional support when you are “not in the room”.
7. Where do you see yourself in the next 5 years?
In 5 years, I see myself continuing to make an impact in academia while breaking barriers for people of color.
8. Any present or future projects?
Besides teaching at Columbia University and Queens College, I am currently working on research projects in music and sports analytics.
9. What is the biggest challenge you’ve experienced in your business as a person of color?
The biggest challenged that I experience in my capacity is finding new ways to establish resources that will enable other people to obtain opportunities in the field of STEM.
It may be easy for me to gain opportunities for myself. However, I want to provide a helping hand for people who look like me to gain similar opportunities and the process can be challenging.
10. Are you married or single?
I am single
11. How can we connect with you on social media?
You can follow me on Instagram @Dr.EliJoseph Snapchat @EliJoseph10 Linkedin at https://www.linkedin.com/in/elijoseph/ Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/EliseeJoseph
12. What is your greatest accomplishment?
My greatest accomplishment to date is becoming the first ever doctoral graduate in the history of Felician University-School of Business at the age of 24.
13. As a person of color, what advice will you give someone starting their own business or career?
I would advise fresh entrepreneurs/professionals to develop the character of the informal learning process in their careers. In other words, you have to adapt and “learn on the fly”.
You shouldn’t rely on a “textbook” to solve real-world problems in your business or career. Therefore, you must translate your day-to-day experiences into learning processes so that you can ultimately have a successful career in any capacity.