Summary

Bio: Emad Rahim is a Khmer American and survivor of the Cambodian Killing Fields whose life was turned into the short documentary Against the Odds, crafted into a leadership book titled S.A.L.T., and depicted in the theater production Tales from the Salt City, which was written and directed by internationally acclaimed playwright Ping Chong. He has been featured in the Huffington Post, The Rutgers Humanist, Berkley Center, Forbes, CEO Magazine, The Loop21, Syracuse New Times and covered by NPR’s Snap Judgment.

Career and Works: Rahim was born in a concentration camp in the Killing Fields of Cambodia. He arrived to the United States with his family as a refugee living in Brooklyn New York and was raised in Syracuse NY. After struggling with street violence, gangs, drugs, poverty, family abuse and dyslexia as an adolescent, he found his way through higher education to become an award-winning educator, entrepreneur, author, business leader and community leader.

Rahim went on to co-found several businesses and was a founding member of Venture Connect at Morrisville State College and the Human Service Association of Central New York. Rahim currently serves as the Endowed Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Oklahoma State University and Visiting Scholar at Rutgers University. He is also a managing partner of IntelligentHQ.com,  and was the former University Dean of Business at Colorado Tech and Professor-in-Residence at the Syracuse Technology Garden.

Work History

Work History

Endowed Entrepreneur-in-Residence

Nov 2013 - Present
Oklahoma State University

Evaluate early-stage student startups, advise entrepreneurs on opportunities for new ventures, and lead the commercial strategy for mature assets. Influence the local entrepreneur ecosystem by strategically managing and providing information, intelligence and insights that drive critical business decisions. Operate high school business hatchery, lecture on campus, conduct outreach, judge business plan competitions and mentor students.

Principal Consultant, Executive Advisor

Dec 2005 - Jul 2014
Global i356 LLC

Co-founded a consulting firm to provide business services, specializing in the areas of project management, technology, diversity, nonprofit development and marketing. Executed strategies and programs, participated in trade shows and events sponsored by industry leaders.

  • Developed and facilitated personalized training programs and services
  • Negotiated contractual agreements with publishers, contractors and suppliers
  • Co-Founded and hosted the first CNY Inclusion Conference
  • Developed and taught the program “Applied Project Management Best Practices” at the Empire State Building in NYC
  • Created project plans and work packages, lead quality audits for the largest green energy construction project in Upstate NY, utilizing 6 Sigma and TQM for quality assurance

University Dean, College of Business

Dec 2011 - Nov 2013
Colorado Technical University

Served as chief executive officer of the College of Business, reporting directly to the provost. Lead and manage the College of Business curriculum and degree programs, responsible for assuring program accreditation, degree certifications and State license standards are adhered to;  working closely with business and government, and engage other educational organizations to carry out the mission of the University. 

  • Achieved ACBSP accreditation, chaired self-study committee and managed campus visit
  • Achieved GAC-PMI accreditation for four additional project management degree programs 
  • Got Online MBA ranked Top 10 in CEO Magazine and Top 40 in Financial Times Magazine
  • Earned SHRM alignment for all HR degrees and CPA alignment for MS-ACCT degree
  • Developed 6 new MBA concentrations, two undergraduate degrees and two additional doctoral degree concentrations 

DIRECTOR/ PROFESSOR OF BUSINESS

Jul 2009 - Dec 2011
Morrisville State College

Taught core classes in entrepreneurship and business administration in an executive format, traditional (in-class) and nontraditional (online), and hybrid/ cross-platform. Developed an executive entrepreneurship degree program (hybrid/ cross-platform), a 2+2 bridge program that was delivered at partnering community college campuses and online.

  • Operated iVenture business project on campus in association with Syracuse University
  • Developed and negotiated articulation agreements and MOUs with community colleges
  • Assisted in securing over $100,000 in funding from the Kauffman Foundation and Syracuse University to develop an entrepreneurship bridge program and events
  • Received Coleman Foundation grant to attend and present the BBA ENTR Bridge program at the 2010 Annual USASBE Conference
  • Appointed Project Support Specialist by the SUNY Research Foundation to lead small business coaching initiatives and coordinate the SCORE Entrepreneurship workshops

Project Coordinator/ e-Mentor/ e-Professor

Oct 2011 - Dec 2011
Syracuse University - SSIC/ Kauffman Foundation/ MSC

Served as Project Coordinator for SUNY Research Foundation to develop online entrepreneurship programs for SUNY Morrisville; Business Mentor at Southside Innovation Center and Student Sandbox/ Syracuse University to support and coach student run businesses in the Technology Garden; and e-Professor for "Big Idea" course and "Venture Connect" program, and Business Plan Judge for local business plan competitions across campuses and city organizations

Outreach & Marketing Specialist

Jul 2007 - Mar 2009
Empire State College

Oversaw all outreach, recruitment and marketing initiatives for seven different college units and centers located throughout five counties in Central New York. Served as the Marketing Manager for FORUM Management program. 

  • Established relationships with local organizations, public agencies, academic institutions and community groups to increase the visibility of the college
  • Assisted in developing an articulation agreement with community colleges and trade institutions to increase transferring options (college pathway program) and tuition reimbursement program with Cornell 
  • Developed marketing plan and helped designed marketing materials for CNY recruitment and Forum Management degree program
  • Assist potential students with the application process; enter and track data in CRM and DataTel system, generate monthly marketing, enrollment reports for Center Dean

President & CEO

Jul 2004 - Nov 2006
Human Service Association of CNY

Helped co-found the Human Service Association of Central New York (HSA of CNY) to help foster unity and collaboration between agencies, and as an avenue to advocate, represent, promote and improve the profession of human services, its agencies and clients. The agency reached a total of 37 agency members in its first year.

  • Developed and evaluated operational strategies, workshops, special programs, community events and client by-laws
  • Collaborated with local agencies, community groups, businesses and Syracuse University
  • Assisted in coordinating ASAE & The Center for Association Leadership’s “2005 Annual Meeting & Exposition” in Nashville, TN
  • Secured program funding, over $200,000 through grants, sponsorship, underwriting, fundraising and membership support and donations

Podcast: Project Management PMpodcast

Podcast: Project Management PMpodcast

Podcast: Entrepreneur Podcast Network

Podcast: Entrepreneur Podcast Network

Podcast: Doubt The Doubts

Skills

Skills

Social Media (OMCP)

Social Media Marketing, Digital Marketing, Analytics, Search Engine Optimization, Mobile Marketing, Content Marketing: Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Blogs, etc.

Management (CM)

Management, Leadership, Operations, Communication, Human Resource Management, Leadership, Ethics

Project Management (PMP)

Planning, Scheduling, Procurement, Communication, Cost Management, Business Analysis, Human Resource, Team Building, WBS, MS Project, Budget

Entrepreneurship (FastTrac Cert)

Start-up, Venture Growth, Business Plan, Curriculum, Investment, Pitch, Mentoring, Coaching, Education, Crowdfunding

Education

Education

Post-Doctorate Certificate in Online Teaching

Jan 2013 - May 2013
University of Maryland University College

Program covers strategies to enhance knowledge and skill in online teaching. Students learn to demonstrate their skills in online learning and making sound instructional design decisions. 

Post-Doctorate Diploma

May 2011 - Jun 2011
Tulane University (AACSB Bridge)

Research Proposal: Strategies for Managing an Organizational Stigma: An Appreciative Inquiry for Positive Change Mentors: Bruce M. Meglino, PhD., Victor J. Cook, Jr., PhD., Angelo S. Denisi, PhD

Certificate of Completion

Sep 2010 - Sep 2010
Oklahoma State University

XI Experiential Classroom: The program is the premier clinic for faculty who are relatively new to the teaching of entrepreneurship and the building of entrepreneurship programs. 

DM, Doctorate of Management

Apr 2006 - Apr 2009
Colorado Technical University

Thesis: The Stigmatization of Community Base Organizations as “Ghetto” and Change Management Strategies to Counteract this Problem: A Cooperative Inquiry

Committee: Bruce Hanson, PhD., Richard Kettner-Polley., PhD,

                      Craig Wishart, PhD., Khuram Hussain, PhD (outside reviewer) 

Bio Snap Shot

Bio: Emad Rahim is a Khmer American and survivor of the Cambodian Killing Fields whose life was turned into the short documentary Against the Odds, crafted into a leadership book titled S.A.L.T., and depicted in the theater production Tales from the Salt City, which was written and directed by internationally acclaimed playwright Ping Chong. He has been featured in the Huffington Post, The Rutgers Humanist, Berkley Center, Forbes, CEO Magazine, The Loop21, Syracuse New Times and covered by NPR.

Rahim was born in a concentration camp in the Killing Fields of Cambodia. He arrived to the United States with his family as a refugee living in Brooklyn New York and was raised in Syracuse NY. After struggling with street violence, gangs, drugs, poverty, family abuse and dyslexia as an adolescent, he found his way through higher education to become an award-winning educator, entrepreneur, author and community leader.

Rahim went on to co-found several businesses and was a founding member of Venture Connect at Morrisville State College and the Human Service Association of Central New York. Rahim currently serve as an Associate Professor and Program Director at Bellevue University and as the Endowed Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Oklahoma State University. He is also a managing partner of IntelligentHQ.com,  and was the former University Dean at Colorado Tech,  Professor-in-Residence at the Technology Garden and Visiting Scholar at Rutgers University. 

Thought Leader in Higher Ed, Accreditation, Adult & Distance Learning and Business Education

Against the Odds - Emad Rahim

United Nations Award Recipient | Empact100 Honoree | Featured @DearWord

JWMI Faculty Story - Emad Rahim

Thought Leadership in Entrepreneurship, Start-up Venture and Small Business Management

THE THREE KEYS TO SURVIVAL AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP FROM GENOCIDE SURVIVOR AND EDUCATOR EMAD RAHIM

Huffington Post By Steve Mariotti | Emad started life on a concentration camp, where he witnessed countless murders, including most of his family, before he, his mother escaped by foot to Thailand. He is the epitome of a survivor; fighting his way to the U.S., through gangs and ghettos of NY, through dyslexia to earn his doctorate, and ending as an award-winning entrepreneur and educator.....Read More: http://huff.to/1i4Dn5M 

The Amazing Life Of Dr. Emad Rahim: Genocide Survivor To Entrepreneur

TweakYourBiz #TYBspotlight By Sian Phillips, Editor and Co-Founder | or an introduction to Dr. Emad Rahim I’m not sure where to start - the Killing Fields of Cambodia, the dangers of growing up in Brooklyn, abusive step-father and dyslexia to name a few. Overcoming the past, surpassing the learning difficulties that came with dyslexia, becoming a Doctorate and now a mentor himself.....Read More: http://bit.ly/1bE7M9l 

The Inspiring Story Of Emad Rahim, Survivor, Professor And Entrepreneur – part one

IntelligentHQ.com By Dinis Guarda, CEO and Founder | There are lack of words to introduce and explain Emad Rahim, because it is his life that speaks by itself. Emad Rahim is a professor, a dynamic educator and an outstanding business leader. His incredible journey began as a survivor of the Fields of Cambodia, that moved as a political refugee to New York......Read More | http://bit.ly/1eJVFfe 

The Inspiring Story Of Emad Rahim: The Future Of Business Education - Part Two

IntelligentHQ.com By Dinis Guarda, CEO and Founder | Question: You are an academic, author, speaker, and entrepreneur. How do you manage the borders between such different areas? Emad: I don’t think they are different. If you view them as being different then it would be very hard to manage. I teach, talk, write and practice entrepreneurship. I am what I consider an “academic entrepreneur.” I earned all graduate degrees and doctorate in business and conducted my post-doctoral research in management. I started businesses, operated organizations and have written a great deal on the topic of management and entrepreneurship...Read More: http://bit.ly/1eVP5SL 

Forward Thinking: Forbes School of Business Interview with Dr. Emad Rahim

Forbes School of Business By  Bill Davis, Business Professor | I recently had the pleasure of meeting Dr. Emad Rahim, a genocide survivor with an amazing story about motivation. Between 1975 and 1979, the Khmer Rouge killed an estimated 1.7 million people in Cambodia. As a young boy, Rahim was there to witness the atrocities. Along with his mother and sister, he escaped to Thailand, then eventually to the United States..... Read More: http://bit.ly/1rL7MMK 

SUNY Empire State College Connections: Meet Dr. Emad Rahim

Empire State College Student Connection By E. Patrice Perkins, Student of Northeast Center-Latham Unit | Entrepreneur, mentor, professor, project manager, philanthropist and advocate for education are a few of the terms that can be used to describe Dr. Emad Rahim ’03, at right. For a child who fled a Cambodian concentration camp in his mother’s arms, and for whom school had originally been a struggle, this might seem an improbable outcome.....Read More: http://bit.ly/1ollNgA 

Magazine Contributor | Columns & Articles

Contributor: Written columns on topics relating to entrepreneurship, business, higher education, corporate social responsibility, MBA programming, accreditation, project management, leadership and startups.

Forbes Magazine

1. 10 Ways Universities Can Improve Entrepreneurship Education

2. 10 Reasons Why Universities Need Entrepreneurs-in-Residence

3. 5 Competitive Advantages To Help Nonprofits Think Like Entrepreneurs

4. The Gender Gap No One Talks About: Retirement

 CEO Magazine                                            YFS Entrepreneurship Magazine                                                                          

1. Why Social Entrepreneurs Matter      1. Bootstrapping Best Practices 

2. Achieve Operational Synergy              2. Deliver a Pitch Like a Business Mogul

3. What Motivates Entrepreneurs           3. 10 Ways to Boost Your Crowdfunding 

4. MBAs in a Post-Recession World       4. Tips on How to Conduct Layoffs

5. Being Responsible can Lead to Profit

6. Strategy in Entrepreneural Financing

7. How Online Creates an Inclusive MBA Program 

8. Best Practices for Your Early Stage Venture

LITERARY CONTRIBUTIONS

Rahim, E., Berg, S., Richard, W., Neal, J. (2014). Foundations of Social Responsibility and the Application of Change. Common Ground Publishing, IL.

Rahim, E., Summerour, L., Holloway, R. (2014). The 4Tions to Successful Career Planning. Solution Tree Publishing, IN

Rahim, E., & Dawson, M. (2014) Project Management Education Enhanced with Social Networking and Open Source Applications. Technology, Innovation, and Enterprise Transformation. IGI Global, PA

Rahim, E., Ayad, A. (2013). Leading Through Diversity: How Managers Become Servant Leaders. Common Ground Publishing, IL. (Top 100 Amazon List, Chosen for Wal-Mart Executive Library)

Rahim, E., Maskey, V., Burrell, D. (2012). The Value of Innovative Leadership Practices on CSR. Refractive Thinker: Vol. VII: Social Responsibility. Refractive Thinker Press, NV (USA Books Award)

Rahim, E., Burrell, D. (2011). A Contextual Applied Research Analysis of Negative Public Perceptions. Refractive Thinker: Vol. VI: Post-Secondary Education. Refractive Thinker Press, NV 

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BLOG WRITER | COLUMNS | INTERVIEWS

Writer: Written blogs on topics relating to entrepreneurship, business education, corporate social responsibility, trends in MBA programming, accreditation, leadership and start-ups.

TweakYourBiz.com 

1. How Global Marketing Is Different From International Marketing

2. 10 Characteristics Of A Serial Entrepreneur: Are You Jay Z Or Benjamin Franklin?

3. Game of Thrones: 10 Examples To Create A Cult-Like Following

4. Achieve Startup Synergy Through Better Human Capital Management

5. 2013 Startup Takeaways From The Wu, Breaking Bad, Jay Z & Macklemore

6. Learn How To Brand From The Wu Tang Clan

7. 4 Business Lessons For Entrepreneurs From Breaking Bad

8. What Motivates Entrepreneurs?

Jack Welch Management Institute 

1. MBA Student Profile Series: Kathleen Thompson

2. Bootstrap Your Start-up Like Macklemore 

Insight: Colorado Technical University Blog

1. D.M. or Ph.D. in Management             10. Driving our MBA Program Forward 

2. Arel Moodie’s Entrepreneur Tips        11. Business Perspective on RIM

3. How to Finance a Startup                    12.The Economy: Does Gen Y Care? 

4. The Dilemma of Ethics & Diversity     13. Forces Behind Industry Certifications

5. How to Pass the PMP Exam               14. From Degree to Greater Credentials 

6. Cutting-Edge Startups                          15. How Responsible Leads to Profitable 

7. Tips for Those with Leadership Aspirations 

8. How to Leave a Conference with More Than a Free Tote Bag      

9. Interview with Founder of Chuck E. Cheese Dr. Gene Landrum 

REFERENCES & RECOMMENDATIONS

"Dr. Rahim’s intellectual and professional interests are wide-ranging, and he is involved in many organizations both locally and nationally.He has worked closely with many local not-for-profits agencies and volunteered for several community groups to help bring awareness to youth violence, at-risk families and to provide needed services to disenfranchised groups of people. He is an enthusiastic and engaging speaker, and I believe he would do well in your organization." – Deraux Branch, President of Branch’s Driving School Inc. and Vice President of Empower Federal Credit Union

“As one of the readers on his research, I can say that he is one of the very best scholars that we have had in the six years since we developed our local doctoral program into a program that draws 100 doctoral students a year across the nation. In addition to his coursework and research, we have called on Emad to teach in the CTU-Online programs and to complete a revision of the project management curriculum at both the masters and undergraduate levels in order to bring us into compliance with the most recent PMBOK Guide. In all of his assignments, Emad has been a standout and his contributions are greatly appreciated.” - Richard Kettner-Polley, Ph.D, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Chief Academic Officer for Daniel Webster College

“I have been associated with Emad for the past three years and have found him to be tremendously professional and a pleasure to work with.He exhibits a keen intellect in addition to tremendous academic curiosity and a seeming unlimited willingness to assist others in the attainment of their personal goals.He displays a level of maturity well beyond his actual age and has a grasp of management and personnel issues that many older managers often fail to fully appreciate or comprehend.”- JP Foley, Regional Vice President for Academics & Learner Services for National American University

“It is my pleasure to recommend Emad Rahim for your Faculty Diversity Fellowship.I have known Emad for the past three years, serving as his teacher and mentor for the Doctorate of Management program at Colorado Technical University.Emad has shown a great curiosity and acumen as a practitioner-scholar and shows great promise as a faculty member.His research for my course in action research was one of the best projects I have overseen. “- Bruce Hanson, PhD, Professor and Director of Graduate Programs for Concordia University Irvine

“Dr. Rahim possesses a wealth of knowledge in business administration. I have worked as a District Manager for over 20 years and have only known a handful of young talented people who can apply theory into practice with clear confidence and determination as Dr. Rahim. I am confident that he would bring to your department a level of expertise and commitment that your college would be proud of.” – Amine Ayad, DM, Market Manager at Wal-Mart

“Dr. Rahim’s intellectual and professional interests are wide-ranging, and he is involved in many organizations both locally and nationally.I have read and commented on papers he has written for his doctoral courses at Colorado Technical University, and I think he brings a unique and refreshing perspective to the field and study of business administration.He is an enthusiastic and engaging speaker, and I believe he would do well in a classroom setting, working with both traditional and nontraditional students.I do hope he has a career in the professoriate, and the opportunity afforded by this position would be an important one for him at this stage in his career.” - Deborah P. Amory, PhD., Vice Provost for Regional Centers of SUNY Empire State College

“I am writing you directly to recommend, with my strongest conviction, that you seriously consider Mr. Rahim’s application. My recommendation is based on my professional work experience with Mr. Rahim on several projects related to outreach and recruitment of both minority students and faculty members of color. I know first-hand that he has the ability to demonstrate sound leadership and show a tremendous amount of compassion for serving students. He demonstrated it during his interactions with me on many occasions.”- Darrell Norman Burrell, MS.,Ed.S., Presidential Management Fellows and Faculty for Virginia International University

"It is with great pleasure that I recommend you consider Dr. Emad Rahim as a candidate for the PMI LIMC program. I have known Dr. Rahim for a little over three years now as a colleague and friend. As President of the Industrial Development Authority of Winston County in Alabama, and having worked with Dr. Rahim on several projects, I am confident that he is committed to public service. His work with community centers and the refugee population in his community displays is dedication to being a servant leader. I believe that Dr. Rahim will bring to your program a unique set of skills and perspectives that will strengthen the mission of your program and bring about diverse ideas amongst your other participants.” –Grady Batchelor, DM., CMC, President of Industrial Development Authority of Winston County, Alabama, Inc.

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