Growing Up Black in DC and Beating the Odds: Nettie’s DC Story of Perseverance, Hope, and Determination (PHD)

by Gwynette Ford Lacy Ph.D. MBA



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 4/4/2022

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 398
ISBN : 9781665720427
Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 398
ISBN : 9781665713740
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 398
ISBN : 9781665713733

About the Book

Every Ph.D. has a story, and Gwynette Ford Lacy is no exception. As a young black girl struggling amid the trappings of inner-city Washington, DC to overcome a broken home, an attempted sexual assault, and relentless bullying, she became determined to survive and succeed despite her background, gender, and the color of her skin.

In an intimate retelling of her personal story, Lacy details how she emerged from a childhood full of challenges to beat the odds and achieve a series of “firsts,” to become the first African American female to earn a Ph.D. in her business field from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Lacy discloses how she transformed into a math whiz, STEM trailblazer, high school cheerleader and activist. She received a tuition scholarship to the former all-male Lincoln University in Pennsylvania, where she pledged Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority and graduated magna cum laude, in three years, earning her department’s Wall Street Journal Award. The great, great, great granddaughter of a female slave, Lacy provides an eye-opening glimpse into major events in American history in the 1960’s and 70’s, such as the Civil Rights Movement, assassinations and riots, and the Vietnam War. She also shares the triumphs she experienced along the way, including laughter, love, and joy, and how she created a life that matters through perseverance, hope and determination (PHD).

Madame Ph.D. shares the inspiring true story of an African American woman’s journey from inner-city Washington, DC, to achieve professional success as a college professor/administrator, international management consultant, and motivational speaker.

About the Author

Gwynette Ford Lacy grew up in inner-city Washington, DC. After graduating magna cum laude from Lincoln University (PA), marrying, and working as an auditor for the federal government, she earned an MBA and Ph.D. at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, eventually becoming the first African American female Ph.D. to earn tenure and serve as chair of the Department of Management of the School of Business at Howard University, and later as the Associate Provost, while raising two children. Today she is an international management consultant, trainer, and motivational speaker.