Jamaican, Tashni-Ann Dubroy, Ph.D., named one of “Women Who Want to Do Business” by Washington Business Journal
On October 7, 2021, Tashni-Ann Dubroy, Ph.D., Jamaican scholar and US university administrator, will be celebrated at one of the most popular signature events sponsored by the Washington Business Journal, a celebration in-person live show that recognizes the most influential businesswomen in the Washington DC area. This will be the 18th annual ‘Women Who Mean Business’ program, which honors the contributions of women in every industry and profession and how they have made a difference in their communities, as well as how they leave their mark. mark on Washington.
Tashni-Ann Dubroy was born in Mandeville, Jamaica, in 1981 to Emerson and Greta Coote. One of six children, she grew up in May Pen and attended Glenmuir High School before moving to Kingston to attend Holy Childhood High School and Wolmer Girls’ School. Although she was accepted to the University of the West Indies, she decided to move to the United States at the age of 18 for family reasons and attended Kingsborough Community College in Brooklyn, New York. Dubroy graduated as a Major in 2000, then went on to further study at Shaw University, receiving a B.Sc. in Chemistry in 2002, a PhD. in Chemistry from North Carolina State University in 2007, and an MBA in Marketing from Rutgers University in 2010.
Dr Dubroy started her career as a research scientist at BASF, but after two years there she joined Shaw University in Raleigh, North Carolina, as an associate professor of chemistry. She eventually became chair of the natural sciences and mathematics department at Shaw University and served the university president as a special assistant with process optimization responsibilities. In 2015, she was chosen to replace Gaddis Faulcon as president of the university, becoming the second youngest president in Shaw’s history at 34. She was also only the third woman in her history to hold the post of president. In addition to her role as Shaw’s 17th President, Dr. Dubroy, a skilled entrepreneur, also led the expansion of the university’s presence in Raleigh and in the Research Triangle Park business community. She opened the Shaw University Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center to expand small business development in the city. She resigned from Shaw University in 2017 to become executive vice president and chief operating officer of Howard University in Washington DC.
During her career, Ms. Dubroy has been honored several times for her leadership at Shaw University, most notably in 2017 when she was named “CEO of the Year” by the Triangle Business Journal. She also received the 2016 Presidential Medal of Excellence from Kingsborough Community College and was the first recipient of the Spirit of Excellence in Higher Education award from the Movement of Youth organization. Dr Dubroy also co-founded Tea and Honey Blends, a hair care company that made and sold natural hair care products, and she co-owned Element Beauty Bar in downtown Raleigh. She has been recognized for her entrepreneurial success in Money Magazine and Bloomberg’s BusinessWeek.
Commenting on Dr Dubroy’s inclusion on the Washington Business Journal’s list, Howard University congratulated her on being recognized, stating, “Her leadership inspires others to excellence and her contributions to the University and to the surrounding community will have a long-term impact.