Elissa Frazier

Student Success Strategist & DoctoralCandidate 

CEO & Co-Founder

Joyful Community Builder


Five years ago...

I began my doctoral journey as a high-achieving educator with a passion and work ethic. I had a plan, a program sequence, and a graduate advisor, but I soon learned I needed more than that.  I had no guidance on how to shift from a Masters mindset to PhD expectations, how to build and leverage high-impact relationships in academia, how to navigate academic spaces where few looked like me; or how to directly connect what I was learning in my doctoral program to career growth. 

Now, I have built a network of 25 plus mentors to fill those gaps which have yielded over 120K in academic awards, leadership development, a competitive fellowship, four publications, research partnerships with faculty, and presentations at national conferences. No one does it alone; and my academic and professional network has made a tremendous difference in guiding me through my doctoral journey without losing the core of who I am.  


With NAVCAP, I coach Black & Brown PhD students and help them to build their own success network while earning their degree. But more importantly, I help them position themselves for the career growth and quality of life they seek.