About Me


William “Billy” Obenauer is recent graduate of the PhD program in the Lally School of Management at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) in Troy, NY where he studied organizational behavior.  His research focuses on the contextual nuances that influence diversity and inclusion issues within organizations.  Billy has had papers accepted for presentation at the annual conferences of the Academy of Management, the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, the Southern Management Association, the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences, the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, the Eastern Academy of Management, and the Midwest Academy of Management.

Billy is also a digital learning consultant at NYSTEC, a not-for-profit consulting organization that serves as a Trusted IT Advisor to state and local governments in New York.  In this position, he works with partners in both the public and private sector to organize events that foster education, research, and entrepreneurial leadership within government.  As a part of these duties, Billy is a member of the New York State Forum where he serves as co-chair of the Business Innovation and Emerging Technologies Work Group.  He also serves as the managing director for DAMA-NYCR, a non-profit professional organization aimed at educating the community on best practices in data management.

Prior to attending RPI as a PhD student, Billy earned his MBA at RPI.  While attending RPI as a master’s student, he participated on a team that designed, developed a business plan for, and produced a prototype for a new type of athletic apparel.  He also participated in the Lally Masters’ Scholars Program where he had the opportunity to work with researchers and practitioners in research on corporate entrepreneurship.  Billy was also honored with the school’s annual Chief Innovation Officer of the Future Award.

Billy has also earned a Master of Science in Education from SUNY Oswego and a Bachelor of Science in Professional Retail Management from Bellevue University, graduating from both programs with a 4.0 GPA.  At SUNY Oswego, he was also a member of the Omicron Delta Kappa honor society.   His work experience includes positions as a high school business teacher and a college cross country coach as well as a decade in the field of retail management.

Billy is married with four children.  He and his family live in southern Vermont with their two cats and four dogs.

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