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K-State Today Student Edition

January 23, 2012

The PhD Project focus of College of Business Administration Diversity Lecture by KPMG'S Bernard Milano

Submitted by Communications and Marketing

The president of a foundation responsible for the PhD Project, a program aimed at increasing diversity in business schools, will deliver the 13th annual College of Business Administration Diversity Lecture.


Bernard J. Milano, president and trustee of the KPMG Foundation and the KPMG Disaster Relief Fund, will present "A Systematic Approach to Building a Diverse Talent Pipeline" from 10:30 to 11:20 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 25, in Forum Hall at the K-State Student Union. The presentation, part of the university's Martin Luther King Jr. Observance Week activities, is free and open to the public.


The KPMG Foundation founded the PhD Project in 1994. Its mission is to increase the diversity of corporate America by increasing the diversity of business school faculty. The project attracts African-Americans, Hispanic-Americans and Native Americans to business Ph.D. programs, and provides a network of peer support on their journey to becoming professors. As faculty, they serve as role models attracting and mentoring minority students while improving the preparation of all students for our diverse workplace and society.


Milano, a certified public accountant, was among the initial inductees to the PhD Project Hall of Fame in 2011. He also received the Legends Award in 2010 from the National Association of Black Accountants and was named one of the "Top 20 Diversity Champions" in 2007 by Diversity Edge magazine.


Milano started his career with KPMG in the audit office of the Philadelphia office. Prior to his current roles with KPMG, he served in positions of increasing responsibility, including national partner in charge of university relations and national partner in Chicago of human resources. He has served on the board and executive committee of the Points of Light Foundation and on the worldwide board of Students in Free Enterprise.


For more information about Milano and his lecture, contact Dawne Martin, assistant dean for diversity in the College of Business Administration, at 532-4383 or dmartin@k-state.edu.