In her career as a healthcare administrator, Dr. Johana Vanegas had never worked closely with designers, programmers, and artists – until the second week of November, that is.
Invited to attend the Independence/Jefferson Health Hack, a weekend event focusing on improving the access to and delivery of healthcare, Vanegas and her team delivered a winning presentation in one of the event’s three tracks. She and her teammates conceived of a six-sided device that could record the emotional states of patients and, as a result, reduce hospital readmissions.
“Patients don’t want to necessarily enter data into a smartphone app and, to be honest, not every patient has a smartphone,” said Vanegas, a student enrolled in the Part-time MBA program at Temple University’s Fox School of Business. “That’s what makes CareCube so unique.”
The Director of International Patient Access at Philadelphia’s Fox Chase Cancer Center Vanegas and her teammates designed CareCube. The device offers its user the opportunity to answer one basic question – for example, “How are you feeling?” – six different ways. Then, the patient’s responses are collected and sent to a database where, over time, trends in mental state, pain tolerance, range of motion, and adherence to medication, for example, can be further analyzed. The key to CareCube, Vanegas said, is that there are many applications on which it could be effective.
“It’s the type of device you might have for an elderly and otherwise healthy parent living at home, or for someone in a nursing home, or for someone who was recently discharged from the hospital,” said Vanegas, adding that while a USB cord powered the device’s prototype, future renderings of CareCube will be wireless. Vanegas said CareCube also will include voice-recording capabilities to match the tracked response with related intimation provided by the patient.
The Health Hack winnings accrued by Vanegas and her team included: $5,000 in cash; access to Microsoft BizSpark, which offers software and services for start-ups; dedicated space at the Independence Innovation Center; and memberships to NextFab, a collaborating workspace for Philadelphia innovators. Winners from each track also will share lunch with Independence Blue Cross executives Brian Lobley, Senior Vice President of Marketing and Consumer Business, and Terry Booker, Vice President of Corporate Development and Innovation.
Health Hack, held Nov. 13-15 at Philadelphia’s Thomas Jefferson University Hospital and sponsored by Independence Blue Cross, gathered 250 professionals, from artists, web developers, and engineers, to healthcare professionals, patients, and students, to brainstorm solutions to today’s greatest healthcare challenges. The event’s participants were tasked with developing solutions in one of three tracks: the reduction of readmissions, wearables, and drone-based healthcare delivery.
“It was a terrific event and I was very fortunate to have been invited to attend and participate,” said Vanegas, who was encouraged to apply for Health Hack by James Moustafellos, Assistant Professor of Management Information Systems at the Fox School, to apply the business design and innovation skills she learned in his course, Design Inquiry and Research.
Vanegas is slated to complete her Fox MBA in May 2016.
“It’s a difficult task, managing a full-time career, the pursuit of your MBA and your family,” she said, “but it’s incredibly rewarding, and it’s setting a good example for my two daughters. It says to them, ‘When you have an opportunity to do something special, you should take it.’”
Taylor Hildebrand, a sophomore accounting major at the Fox School of Business, has been named a recipient of the 2015-16 American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) Foundation Two-Year Transfer Scholarship.
Hildebrand is one of 15 students who will receive a $3,000 scholarship. AICPA received more than 700 applications nationally for the AICPA Foundation Two-Year Transfer Scholarship, which is awarded to students at two-year colleges who wish to study accounting upon their transfer to four-year colleges or universities.
A minimum grade-point average of 3.0 and at least 30 college credit hours are required of all applicants. The scholarship also requires eight hours per semester of service promoting the accounting profession. Hildebrand hopes to do so at an information table at Fox’s Alter Hall.
“The AICPA is committed to building the certified public accountant pipeline by drawing from a pool of the best and brightest from diverse paths to the profession,” said Joanne Fiore, AICPA Vice President of Professional Media, Pathways and Inclusion.
Hildebrand, a native of Lebanon County, Pa., enrolled at the Fox School of Business for the Fall 2015 semester. She had been studying at Harrisburg Area Community College, in Harrisburg, Pa.
“Fox was the best business school out of all the colleges I was considering,” she said.
Hildebrand first gained an interest in accounting after discussing the career choice with her uncle, who is an accountant. For her scholarship application, she prepared an essay that shared her plans in the future as an accountant.
“I want to have an internship first to explore the career through audit and tax and see what I like best,” Hildebrand said. “Eventually, I want to apply business knowledge to create my own business.”
In her first semester at Fox, Hildebrand joined the student-professional organization Beta Alpha Psi, Temple’s chapter of the scholastic and professional fraternity dedicated to financial information students.
The AICPA Foundation Two-Year Transfer Scholarship is part of the AICPA’s Legacy Scholars program, which was created in 2011 to help students develop the necessary skills for successful careers in accounting. Visit AICPA’s website for more information on this and other scholarships.
Caitlyn Jenner identifies as transgender. Tiger Woods identifies as “Cablinasian,” a term he created.
What do the television personality and champion golfer have in common? Their racial and gender identities are not easily defined.
Like Jenner and Woods, many Americans can relate. A researcher at Temple University’s Fox School of Business posits that employment laws in the American legal system be restructured to offer civil-liberties protections for citizens who face identity discrimination.
“This isn’t a race or a gender issue. It’s an identity issue,” said Leora Eisenstadt, an Assistant Professor in Fox’s Legal Studies in Business department. “Society has changed, but our laws and legal formulas often look at individuals as members of categories into which a person can fit neatly. Today, there is no such purity. That doesn’t exist, which demonstrates how our laws are out of step with reality.”
Eisenstadt’s research points to Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which protects employees from discrimination on the basis of sex, race, color, national origin, and religion. She said Title VII, however, does not always or easily protect against the discrimination of multiracial or transgender individuals. Courts are often baffled by these fluid identities, she said, sometimes rejecting the cases on those grounds and, other times, ignoring the worker’s actual identity to make the legal formula work.
“Cases have been thrown out of court because the plaintiffs did not fit into a box,” Eisenstadt said. “Unfortunately, according to many courts, if you can’t prove you are a member of a single protected class, your case will not reach a jury. As a result, the law has often prompted individuals to sacrifice part of their identity in order to fit into a box and have their case heard.”
And this confusion in the courts has a negative impact on employers and employees alike, since a lack of clarity in the courts can lead to more difficult employment decisions, an inability to effectively train management and human resources professionals, and litigation that eats up precious resources.
In her research, Eisenstadt cites the United States Census and Facebook as examples of society being ahead of the courts. In 2000, the U.S. Census Bureau implemented a system in which it asked Census respondents to “check all that apply” in regard to the races with which they identify. She also called attention to Facebook. This year, the social media platform began offering its 189 million U.S. users more than 50 gender-identity options.
What these prove, Eisenstadt said, is that people cannot always be categorized so easily.
“In employment discrimination law, workers need to prove that they are a part of a protected class in order to bring a discrimination suit,” she said. “In theory, everyone is a member of a protected class. But in society today, those categories are porous and fluid. Not everybody has a single race or a gender. You might have multiple races or multiple genders or you might reject that categorization altogether.”
The American Business Law Journal recently published Eisenstadt’s theoretical research paper, titled, “Fluid Identity Discrimination.”
Eisenstadt’s research centers on employment discrimination as it relates to race and gender. In 2012, she published a theoretical research paper, titled, “The N-Word at Work: Contextualizing Language in the Workplace,” in the Berkeley Journal of Employment and Labor Law. That paper examined the power of language, and who – based on identity – was permitted to use particular words in the workplace.
“We are moving toward an age of fluid identities, if we aren’t there already, and our employment laws have not caught up,” Eisenstadt said.
The Association for Information Systems (AIS) has recognized its affiliated student chapter at Temple University’s Fox School of Business with the Distinguished Chapter Award, naming it one of the top-four student chapters in the country.
In addition to the recognition, Temple AIS will receive $250 to further its aspirations as a student organization. AIS will recognize Temple’s chapter at the 2015 International Conference on Information Systems Dec. 13-16, in Fort Worth, Texas, and again at the AIS Student Chapter Leadership Conference April 1-3, 2016, in Bloomington, Ill.
Temple AIS has repeatedly received distinction as an elite national chapter in each year of its existence. In 2013, it was designated as AIS Chapter of the Year.
“Temple AIS is not only excelling within the Temple University community, but also on a national level,” said Dr. Munir Mandviwalla, Chair of the Fox School’s Management Information Systems department. “Earning recognition as a Distinguished Chapter demonstrates the sterling reputation of Temple AIS, and I could not be more proud of their achievements, both past and present.”
The Distinguished Chapter Award highlights a chapter’s excellence in the areas of emphasis: professional development, membership, careers in information systems, community service, fundraising, and communications.
“This recognition is a testament to our national reputation, and a result of the hard work from previous officer teams,” said Temple AIS President Eric Koeck, a senior studying Management Information Systems at the Fox School. “We look forward to continuing this tradition as we work toward earning the Chapter of the Year award.”
The award recognizes the “best of the best” from 70 different chapters across the country. Temple’s chapter joins those from the University of Alabama and the University of Montana as chapters that are improving the professional networks of students engaged in the Information Systems degree program, the association said in a statement.
“AIS takes immense pride in recognizing the distinguished scholars who make up our community, and ultimately, contribute to the success of the field,” said AIS Vice President of Student Chapters James Parrish.
Founded in 1994 as a professional organization, AIS first launched student chapters in 2008. Each year, the association awards one chapter the honor of Chapter of the Year, and three others as Distinguished Chapters.
Uber fast emerging the winner against Ola in the cab aggregator biz in India
Will Uber unseat Ola as India’s largest taxi-booking service? The companies have different focuses, says Dr. Sunil Wattal, Associate Professor of Management Information Systems at Fox, who makes a case for both having a place in the Indian ride-sharing marketplace.
Bridgestone Corporation Acquires Pep Boys | No major impact on Phila. if Pep Boys were to relocate HQ, experts say
Tennessee-based Bridgestone purchased Pep Boys last month. Dr. Bruce Rader, Associate Professor of Finance at Fox, provided insight into the future of Pep Boys, which was founded in Philadelphia and is headquartered here.
Entrepreneurship is a pillar at Temple University, and outsiders have taken notice.
The Princeton Review and Entrepreneur magazine ranked the undergraduate Entrepreneurship program at Temple University’s Fox School of Business No. 8 in the country, a three-spot climb from the 2015 rankings. Fox’s graduate-level Entrepreneurship program also made the top-10. Its No. 10 ranking marked a six-spot improvement from last year.
Temple is one of five colleges and universities nationally to have been ranked within the top 10 at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, and is the only college or university in the Greater Philadelphia region to be ranked by The Princeton Review and Entrepreneur magazine. Temple University has appeared in each installment of the entrepreneurship rankings since 2006.
“We are proud to have been ranked once again as one of the nation’s premier institutions for teaching and practicing entrepreneurship,” said Dr. M. Moshe Porat, Dean of the Fox School. “By emphasizing innovation, promoting small-business development, and preparing our students to think of themselves as entrepreneurs, we continue to drive innovation, economic growth, and job creation in the Philadelphia region and beyond. We look forward to further enhancing our programs in order to strengthen university-wide entrepreneurship.”
Added Temple University President Dr. Neil D. Theobald: “These rankings show that Temple University is upholding its commitment to innovation and entrepreneurship. Across disciplines, and in all of our schools and colleges, we prepare students to be ‘real-world ready.’ We empower them to take charge of their futures and find success in fields that have not yet been invented.”
Published Nov. 10, The Princeton Review and Entrepreneur magazine’s 2016 rankings recognize 25 undergraduate- and 25 graduate-level programs for excellence in entrepreneurship education. The rankings are based upon a large variety of quantitative and qualitative criteria, including the number of: entrepreneurship-specific courses offered; faculty who are also entrepreneurs and/or serve on the boards of new ventures; businesses started and funds raised by alumni; and entrepreneurship-focused activities, competitions, programs, clubs, and centers.
Temple University offers a portfolio of interdisciplinary programs to serve the various constituencies within the university and the region. These range from programs supporting incoming freshmen, like a General Education Course on Creativity & Organizational Innovation or the Innovate & Create Living Learning Community; those that support faculty scientists, like the TechConnect Workshop and the Graduate Certificate in Innovation and Technology Commercialization; and those that support the professional community in the region and abroad like the Master of Science in Innovation Management and Entrepreneurship.
Through Temple’s Innovation and Entrepreneurship Institute (IEI), the region’s oldest-such center, which is housed at the Fox School, the university conducts annual business plan competitions like the Innovative Idea Competition and the Be Your Own Boss Bowl® for students, faculty, staff, and alumni. With prizes exceeding $200,000, the Be Your Own Boss Bowl® is considered one of the most-lucrative and comprehensive business plan competitions in the nation. Another widely accessible entrepreneurship program, Blackstone LaunchPad, is designed to support and mentor students regardless of major, experience, or discipline.
In the last four years, dating to the 2011-12 academic year, the Fox School of Business and Temple University have seen Entrepreneurship program enrollment increases of 380 and 220 percent at the graduate and undergraduate levels, respectively, according to Dr. Robert C. McNamee, Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship at Fox and Managing Director of Temple’s IEI.
“Such dramatic increases would not have been possible without the dozens of faculty who champion entrepreneurship across the 18 schools and colleges at Temple University,” said McNamee.
IEI provides internship opportunities, business-planning workshops, seminars, mentoring and coaching, in addition to annual conferences in social, global, women’s and industry-specific entrepreneurship. Executive Director Ellen Weber and McNamee lead the entrepreneurship and innovation programs. IEI manages Mid-Atlantic Diamond Ventures, an independent organization that assists emerging technology-based companies in their effort to build sustainable businesses, and works closely with Robin Hood Ventures, a group of Philadelphia-area angel investors that focus on early-stage, high-growth companies.
Over the last four years the IEI has expanded its offerings to include: a Master of Science in Innovation Management and Entrepreneurship; graduate certificates in both Innovation Strategy and Innovation & Technology Commercialization; MBA concentrations in both Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management; a General Education course in Creativity & Organizational Innovation; and an Entrepreneurial Living Learning Community. IEI, in partnership with the College of Engineering, launched a Master of Science in Engineering Management, and supported the creation of a Master of Science in BioInnovation in the College of Science & Technology as multiple ancillary supporting programs.
Visit The Princeton Review for complete rankings.
When he arrived at the podium at Temple University’s Mitten Hall, William A. “Bill” Graham stuck out his right hand.
To shake the hand of Fox School of Business Dean M. Moshe Porat? Well, not quite. Graham, after greeting Porat, had his heart set on clutching on a stuffed toy pig resting on the lectern.
The Fox School honored Graham as the recipient of the Musser Award for Excellence in Leadership, the highest honor conferred by the School, during a Nov. 5 dinner and reception. Graham is the Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of The Graham Company, a privately held and leading U.S. insurance and surety brokerage and consulting firm considered one of the largest in the nation based on revenue size.
The evening paid homage to Graham and one of his lifelong loves – pigs. Graham, whose office is decorated with pig paraphernalia, is said to hold the animal in high regard for its intelligence. Graham received a plush pig toy, along with Musser Award winner’s more-customary crystal owl statuette, from Porat and Warren V. “Pete” Musser upon reaching the podium to deliver his acceptance remarks.
“It’s a great honor to receive the Musser Award and be recognized by the Fox School and Temple University as one of the best business minds, not only in Philadelphia but in America,” Graham said.
CNBC anchor Tyler Mathisen, the event’s master of ceremonies, playfully addressed attendees in Pig Latin to kick off the evening. On stage, a safety inspector appeared and gave Mathisen an ultimatum about ensuring the safety of a nearby handrail – a play on Graham’s line of work. “Yes, Mr. Inspector. We’ll get right on that – when pigs fly,” Mathisen said, as a toy pig soared across Mitten Hall’s Great Court. A live potbelly pig, named Valentino, also made his way onto the stage to the crowd’s delight.
The Musser Awards dinner and reception gathers Philadelphia’s leading business executives under one roof. Past top honorees in attendance included Musser and Temple trustees Dennis Alter, Chairman Patrick J. O’Conner, and Daniel H. Polett.
Temple University President Neil D. Theobald reflected on the growing national and international profile of the Fox School, as well as Temple. He rattled off a few of Fox’s top rankings, before delivering one of Graham’s specific liking.
“Mr. Graham,” Dr. Theobald said, speaking directly to the evening’s honoree, “you should know that as Temple’s president, I have one main responsibility, and that is ensuring that our students have a truly excellence college experience. … Mr. Graham, you’d also be happy to know that our Risk Management and Insurance undergraduate program is rated No. 5 in the country.”
Beaming throughout the awards program was Graham, “an entrepreneur at heart, whose personal and professional methods always relate to attracting the best people, and delivering the best products and the best service,” Porat said.
Surrounded by close friends, family, and colleagues, Graham and his appreciation for only the best were popular subjects.
“One thing Bill did that was quite brilliant was he created a technical development department within his company,” said Lucille Carey, Vice President of Human Resources and Operations at The Graham Company. “That department has enabled us to hire people who lacked insurance experience and train them to be the very best.”
Added Kenneth Ewell, the President and Chief Operations Officer of The Graham Company: “Bill is the kind of man everyone wants to work for because he leads by example. I don’t think the Fox School of Business could have chosen a better-suited recipient for the Musser Award.”
Maybe when pigs fly.
Marketing, Communication Programs in Business School Draw Women
In this trend story, U.S. News examines specialized master’s programs in marketing and communications, which draw a large number of women – unlike male-dominated MBA programs. Amy Lavin, Director of Fox’s newly launched MS in Digital Innovation in Marketing program, referenced that women comprise 74 percent of the inaugural cohort.
Temple says it has lined up most of the money for a stadium
Temple President Dr. Neil D. Theobald and Chairman of the Board of Trustees Patrick O’Connor, in separate interviews with the Inquirer, revealed the university’s plan to bring a football stadium to Main Campus. Said Arthur Hochner, Associate Professor of Human Resource Management: “The most important thing at Temple is the education that happens in the classroom. Football is not education. The priority should be on the teachers.”
SEC grants Urban Outfitters confidentiality for multimillion-dollar investment
Last month, Urban Outfitters received $3 million in investment funding. But the retailer has yet disclose an anticipated use for the funds, or the source. This practice is fairly common, said Ellen Weber, Executive Director of Temple’s Innovation and Entrepreneurship Institute and Assistant Professor of Strategic Management at Fox.
Temple offering mini-MBA for law professionals
This month, Fox and the Beasley School of Law will collaborate for their second offering of the Mini-MBA for Law Professionals, an accelerated weekend program conceived by Dr. Samuel D. Hodge, Jr., Professor of Legal Studies.
Lu Ann Cahn: Challenge Yourself Every Day, It’s Good Business
The 16th annual League for Entrepreneurial Women’s conference – co-founded by School of Tourism and Hospitality Management Associate Dean Dr. Elizabeth H. Barber and co-hosted by IEI’s Ellen Weber – received coverage in Philadelphia Magazine.
Fighting against sexual assault
Six male students from a course taught by Dr. Jean Wilcox, Assistant Professor of Marketing and Supply Chain Management, are working with Fox alumna Yasmine Mustafa and her company, ROAR for Good, which has brought to market wearable self-defense technology jewelry designed for women.
Village View: Temple U. dedicates Lewis Katz School of Medicine
This month, Temple University announced the renaming of the Lewis Katz School of Medicine through a celebration, attended by Dr. M. Moshe Porat, Dean of the Fox School of Business and School of Tourism and Hospitality Management, who was referenced in Main Line Media News’ regular feature column, The Village Voice.