Marquita M. Qualls, PhD, known as Dr. Q in the STEM community, is the founder of Entropia Consulting. She is a chemist by training and a relational, transactional and transformational leader at heart. Her experience spans 25 years in consulting, coaching, and motivating people in a range of leadership and professional development areas, Dr. Q possesses the rare combination of strong technical training, interpersonal skills, and business acumen.

Dr. Q has a gift for listening to what's not being said and asks the probing questions to help you arrive at a solution. She commands a masterful understanding of the human aspects needed to thrive in today’s fast-paced and competitive business environment. Her technical side drives an ability to gather perspectives and analyze feedback, while at the same time connecting with clients and guiding intents towards achieving results. These attributes have enabled her to make seamless transitions between the scientific and non-technical worlds.

Based in the US, Dr. Q has established a global client base. She enjoys traveling, cooking, and is an avid collegiate and professional football fan.


B.S., Chemistry, Tennessee State University, an HBCU in Nashville, TN.
Ph.D., Chemistry, Purdue University with a focus on bio-organic drug delivery systems.
Professional career at GlaxoSmithKline (GSK)
Held roles of increased global responsibility spanning drug development, technology evaluation, program management, strategy, and people development.
Chemical Sciences Roundtable of the National Academies
Dr. Q Scientist by training
Dr Q Entrepreneur panel


Founded Entropia Consulting as a Solopreneur in 2009
Former Entrepreneur-in-Residence with Innovate Mississippi
Served as Executive Director of Entrepreneurship for the National GEM Consortium
Nationally Trained Instructor for the National Science Foundation (NSF) I-Corps program
Past President, NOBCChE
Corporate Employee Resource Group (ERG) founder at GSK
GSK Diversity Ambassador
Marshall Goldsmith Certified Executive Coach
Tennessee State University National Alumni Association
Board Member, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Middle Tennessee
Inclusive STEM Leader Speaker