Damon J. Phillips is the Lambert Family Professor of Social Enterprise. He is also Co-Director of the Tamer Center for Social Enterprise at Columbia University. He teaches entrepreneurship and change leadership to senior leaders of nonprofits, Masters of Business Administration (MBA) students, and undergraduates. A scholar with broad and diverse contributions, Phillips is a business school-trained sociologist who studies entrepreneurship and innovation, labor market inequality, conformity and deviance in the marketplace, professions, and cultural markets. His media mentions and appearances include C-SPAN, Crain’s New York, Harvard Business Review, Knowledge@Wharton, MSNBC, Harvard Business Review, New York Daily News, New York Times, and US News & World Report. Phillips has a bachelor’s in physics from Morehouse College (Phi Beta Kappa) and a master's in aeronautics and astronautics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His second master's in sociology and PhD in organizational behavior are from Stanford University. Before pursuing his PhD at Stanford, he worked as an engineer and researcher affiliated with the U.S. Air Force (Lincoln Labs, MA) and was an executive in a family-owned electronics manufacturing business whose employees included people who had criminal records. In addition to non-profit board service, he enjoys spending time with his family, learning to play instruments, and listening to music.
Biography current as of June 19, 2018