Dr. Joan F. Marques

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Dr. Joan F. Marques

Doctor of Philosophy in Social Sciences (Ph.D.)

    [Buddhist Psychology in Management]

Doctor of Education in Organizational Leadership (Ed.D.)

There are still too few organizations that understand the need for people to feel "at home" while "at work"

This website is meant as a source of information and inspiration to those who are interested in the enhancement of their own spirituality, in order to sustain a more gratifying relationship with themselves and others.

Acceptance and Understanding are the drivers behind my mission in life, and therefore also behind this website.

As we move toward an increasingly interdependent world, we can no longer ignore the need for upgrading these skills within ourselves. If we don't we will still remain a part of the past we came from, but we will miss out on the joy and the essence of the present, and we will surely become obsolete in the future...

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My Areas of Engagement:

  • College leadership (Dean, School of Business) and course facilitation at the University level, with an emphasis on Organizational Behavior, Moral Business Performance, and Awakened Leadership.
  • Business Consulting with an emphasis on establishing and/or improving workplace performance through the creation of better interpersonal relationships.
  • Writing on topics such as workplace spirituality, interpersonal relationships and inner connection.
  • Planning and executing workshops and conferences pertaining to the above topics.
  • Journal editing and coordination.
  • Research.

Career Chronology:

  • Radio Announcer (Suriname, 1977 -1979)
  • Advertising Department Employee (Suriname, 1978 - 1979)
  • Advertising Agency Founder/Manager (Suriname, 1979 - 1998)
  • Radio & Television Show Host (Suriname, 1979 - 1998)
  • Foundation Women for Women- Founder/Manager (Suriname, 1994 - 1998)
  • Academic Adviser/ Event Coordinator (Burbank, 1999 - 2001)
  • Business Faculty/Consultant/Author/Speaker (Burbank, 2001- )
  • Asst. Dean, School of Business; Director & Chair, BBA Program (Burbank, 2011-2016)
  • Dean, School of Business (Burbank, 2016 - )


  • Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Management & Social Sciences (2011)
  • Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Organizational Leadership (2004)
  • Master in Business Administration (MBA - 2000)
  • HEAO (B.S. equiv.) Business Economics in Suriname (1988)

Honor Societies:

  • Member of the "Delta Mu Delta" Honor Society (top 20% of Business Students)
  • Member of Phi Delta Kappa international honorary fraternity of educators (based on excellence in academic achievement)
  • Honorary inductee "Alpha Sigma Lambda" Lambda Psi Chapter

Teaching Awards:

  • Most Inspirational Professor 2008, Weekend and Evening Programs, Woodbury University
  • Most Inspirational Professor 2009, 2015 MBA, Woodbury University
  • MBA Professor of the year 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2014 Woodbury University

Other Professional Awards:

  • Kankantrie Lifetime Achievement Award in Education (Suriname American Network Inc. - SANI, 2019)
  • Commander in the Honorary Order of the Yellow Star for the Republic of Suriname (2015)
  • The Nelle Becker-Slaton Pathfinder Award by the Association of Pan-African Doctoral Scholars (2015).
  • Creative - Scholarly Annual Award, Woodbury University (2016)
  • Ambassador Award, Woodbury University (2016)

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