Sharron Hunter-Rainey is an assistant professor in the School of Business at North Carolina Central University. Her work has been recognized with the NCCU Excellence in Teaching Award (2008-09), the School of Business Graduate Students' Choice Teacher of the Year (2009-10), Undergraduate Students' Choice for Most Influential Faculty (2008-09, 2009-10) and Teacher of the Year (2006-07).
She teaches courses in organizational behavior and strategic management to undergraduate students. Her research uses social capital theory and the social network perspective to explain differential labor market outcomes for demographically different workers who are equally qualified. She earned a PhD in business administration from Duke University, an MBA with a marketing concentration from the University of Cincinnati, and a BS in chemical engineering from Purdue University.
Before starting doctoral studies, she led product development teams that developed Tostitos Scoops tortilla chips at Frito-Lay and Cover Girl Smoothers lipstick at Procter & Gamble. She is one of three African-American, female co-inventors on the three domestic (plus corresponding international) patents for the moisturizing lipstick formulation.