While studying finance at the Fox School of Business, Tamika Boateng, BBA ’06, learned all about asset management and risk—she also learned the value of giving back to the community.

Boateng, now a management consultant for financial services at New York Price Warehouse Coopers (PwC), credits her commitment to volunteering for her professional success.

“While at Temple University, I discovered several new things that are meaningful in my life today, such as giving back,” Boateng says. “When I was 19, I applied with Big Brothers Big Sisters and was matched with an 8-year-old girl from North Philly. Every other week, I’d go to her house or bring her to campus. I tried to give her the college student experience and got to know her life. The experience made me realize the small things you do make a big impact on people’s lives.”

Boateng also joined the National Association of Black Accountants (NABA), where she eventually served as the student professional organization’s vice president. In addition to helping jumpstart her career—namely through networking and securing internships with Johnson & Johnson and Vanguard—she was able to help other students achieve similar goals.

“We connected students with employers,” recalls Boateng. “We invited different companies and leaders to speak at our weekly meetings and we connected students from different schools in the Philadelph

ia area. We also had an annual conference with a career fair and professional development that helped students learn critical skills, such as networking, public speaking, and interviewing. It helped our NABA members prepare for internships and careers. Being part of NABA made me more career-focused and successful, and I know it had the same impact on others, too.”

Boateng’s commitment to volunteering continued beyond her time at the Fox School. After graduation, she was hired by Vanguard—which happened as a result of the internship she landed through NABA—and she eventually became the global head of bank strategy and relations. While there, she co-led a program in partnership with Big Brothers Big Sisters of America where 60 of her coworkers became mentors to students at a school in the Kensington neighborhood of Philadelphia. The program cultivated relationships between students and professionals with the goal to increase the school’s graduation rate.

Her current volunteer activities include being a member of the board at the Settlement Music School Germantown Branch—one of the largest community arts schools in the country, alumni include Albert Einstein, Kevin Bacon, and Chubby Checker. Boateng connected with the school through Leadership Philadelphia, which matches the skills of professionals in the Philadelphia area to board opportunities with organizations in need. Boateng is passionate about music education (her twin sons both play piano), so it was a perfect match.

“My experiences in philanthropy made me the leader I am today,” says Boateng. “You gain so many skills through volunteering. While volunteering back at Temple, I did not fully grasp at the time all of the benefits. But I gained valuable communications skills and learned how to work with diverse groups of people from all different backgrounds; both these things would help me so much in the future. It’s so important to give back. I wouldn’t be where I am today without those experiences.”

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  • Marketing alumnus Raheem Brock: From Super Bowl champion to acting
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The art of business: Fox alums in the music, beauty and culinary industries

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  • Fox student wins grand prize at Temple’s Innovative Idea Competition
  • 1,000 Fox students raise $320,000 to benefit 100 organizations

Gen. Colin Powell cuts ribbon to celebrate the new Military and Veteran Services Center at Temple University

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  • Fox School of Business dedicates Charles Schwab Financial Planning Training CenterTM
  • Fox students making real-world impact

MIS earns No. 1 world ranking for research productivity


Discussed in this issue:
• MIS undergraduate program earns top-15 ranking for fifth year in a row
• Advisory board member endows $100,000 scholarship
• Recognizing MIS students who excel in academics and professional and soft skill development

U.S. News ranks Fox School of Business among nation’s top-50 undergrad business programs

Discussed in this issue:

  • Seven Owls – three from Fox – named to the Philadelphia Business Journal’s “Power 76” list
  • Fox develops innovative report card for higher education

U.S. News ranks Fox School of Business among nation’s top-50 undergrad business programs

updateDiscussed in this issue:

  • Amazon’s Ozii Obiyo, MBA ’12, takes Silicon Valley’s tech startups to the Cloud
  • Fox unveils owl statue as part of centennial celebration

August 2016 – Fox Update

August 31, 2016 //

For Fox alums Tim Mounsey and Jesse DiLaura — the line between home and work is blurred


Discussed in this issue:
• Smart technology – and not body cameras – more likely to reduce use of lethal force by police, according to Fox researchers
• Entrepreneur Lauren Troop, BBA ’16, co-creates organic, fair trade cafe on campus
• Memorial service September 9 for Dr. Mitrabarun “MB” Sarkar

Fox School’s Masaaki Kotabe elected to three-year term as Academy of International Business President


Discussed in this issue:

• Research productivity by Accounting Department earns top rankings
• Fox Executive DBA candidate from La-Z-Boy presents at two leading industry conferences
• Fox researcher uncovers connection between workplace gender inequality and bosses’ political leanings

Fox entrepreneurship programs earn top-10 rankings nationally


Discussed in this issue:
• $700,000 in cash/prizes and 223 participants at Temple’s Be Your Own Boss Bowl competition
• Fox entrepreneurs win top cash prizes at College Pitch Philly
• Fulbright Scholar takes entrepreneurship lessons home to Pakistan

Executives from QVC, RJMetrics, and Spencer Stuart honored at Fox IT Awards


Discussed in this issue:
• MIS Graduate Programs Rank Top 15
• GenEd Data Science Course Scores National Award
• Top CIOs provide a path to excellence in digital leadership

April 2016 – Fox Update

May 20, 2016 //

Rob Lawton ’13 helps communities impacted by Flint water crisis


Discussed in this issue:
• MBA alumnus Justin Rosenberg ’09 to bring Honeygrow to Temple
• Philadelphia mayor appoints Sheila Hess ’91 as City Representative

March 2016 – Fox Update

May 20, 2016 //

Home Depot’s co-founder visits Fox


Discussed in this issue:
• Career as a gymnast helps alumnus Bill Roth ’93 jump into new venture
• Pectus condition spurs professional collaboration between Fox student and Mayo Clinic

February 2016 – Fox Update

May 20, 2016 //

MBA candidate contributes to winning prototype at healthcare design competition


Discussed in this issue:
• Fox School student receives scholarship for academic excellence, military service
• From marketing major to Hollywood and an HBO series
• Fox Focus Alumni Magazine: What Do You Think?