Dr. Veronica Muzquiz Edwards reinforces commitment to increase
numbers of Hispanic doctoral earners through scholarship efforts
SAN ANTONIO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–InGenesis founder and CEO Veronica Muzquiz Edwards has officially become
“Dr. Edwards,” completing her doctorate in business administration this
week. She joins a small number of Latino doctoral scholars. Her diploma
was conferred by the University of the Incarnate Word (UIW) where her
DBA research focused on disaster preparedness and crisis leadership.
In addition to celebrating this “first” for her family, Dr. Edwards’
daughter, Sydney, earned a Bachelor of Arts diploma in Criminal Justice
from UIW on the same day.
“As someone who failed the first grade, I’m proud to have completed my
doctorate. It just goes to show that everything is within reach,” Dr.
Edwards said. “Needless to say, I’m most proud of my daughter and the
example she is setting for young women.” To that end, Edwards promised
that InGenesis will continue to contribute to the Hispanic Association
of Colleges and Universities (HACU) and UIW’s School of Osteopathic
Medicine to encourage more women and people of color to pursue advanced
According to the most recent findings from the National Center for
Educational Statistics, 7.2% of doctoral degrees were awarded to
Hispanics in 2014-15. Although the number of Hispanics with a doctoral
degree has increased in the last decade, the number of Hispanics
conferred with doctoral degrees since 1976 represents less than 0.50% of
“The accomplishments of Dr. Edwards and her daughter should make her
family proud and their example will inspire any student aspiring towards
similar goals,” said HACU’s President and CEO Antonio R. Flores.
“InGenesis’ generous contribution to our scholarship efforts will help
others to pursue their own goals of excellence, in academia and beyond.”
One year into the doctoral program, Dr. Edwards deferred her studies
shortly after a major fire at InGenesis’ former headquarters. Determined
to complete her degree, she returned to the classroom. Dr. Edwards is a
first-generation Mexican-American, among the first to participate in
UIW’s inaugural Doctor of Business Administration program and the first
in her family to earn academia’s highest degree.
Dr. Edwards was also recently named to the prestigious NIST Baldridge
Executive Fellows Program and will spend this coming year examining
world-class organizations and how senior leaders achieve strategic and
operational excellence and stimulate innovation. Staffing Industry
Analysts (SIA) has recognized InGenesis as the largest provider of
diverse staffing in healthcare, and named Dr. Edwards to the prestigious
lists of Staffing 100 and Global Power 100—Women in Staffing for two
consecutive years. InGenesis is certified by The Joint Commission for
Health Care Staffing Services (HCSS), a commitment to excellence in
providing qualified and competent staffing services to support patient
Dr. Edwards founded InGenesis in 1998, which has grown into one of North
America’s largest woman- and minority-owned staffing enterprises.
InGenesis provides staffing to dozens of industry sectors, including
healthcare, pharmaceutical and biotechnology, professional services,
financial services, information technology, and manufacturing.
About InGenesis, Inc.
Founded in 1998, InGenesis, Inc. is one of the largest woman and
minority-owned workforce solutions enterprises in North America, and
recognized by Staffing Industry Analysts (SIA) as the largest diversity
supplier in the healthcare staffing industry. SIA also named Dr. Edwards
to the prestigious lists of Staffing 100 and Global Power 100—Women in
Staffing for two consecutive years. InGenesis is certified by The Joint
Commission for Health Care Staffing Services (HCSS), a commitment to
excellence in providing qualified and competent staffing services to
support patient care. Visit www.ingenesis.com
to learn more.
Eileen Teves, 210-366-0033
Director of Corporate