The holidays in Philadelphia usher in festive activities like pop-up markets and ice skating near City Hall, the light show at Macy’s, the Miracle on 13th Street and decked out SEPTA buses and trolleys. Along with holiday cheer, many catch the spirit of giving, donating their time and resources to help those in need in the City of Brotherly Love and Sisterly Affection.
At Temple University’s Fox School of Business, social responsibility extends beyond the holidays to all four seasons. It’s a guiding principle that the school has honored since it was founded a century ago. This culture is rooted in Temple founder Russell H. Conwell’s notion that “your diamonds are not in far distant mountains or in yonder seas; they are in your own backyard, if you but dig for them.”
It’s no wonder that Fox alumni have paved inspiring paths to build on their business education and give back to the city that they love. Get inspired by the drive of three alumnae who use expertise to transform their communities and beyond.
Leading nonprofits with connection, inspiration and determination
While running the Melior Group, a strategic marketing research firm she founded in Philadelphia after graduating from the Fox School, Linda McAleer, BS ’66, MBA ’74, passionately leads three nonprofit organizations: JEVS Human Services, The Career Wardrobe and the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.
Her connection to the National MS Society is deeply personal: for the last three decades, McAleer has witnessed her sister’s arduous post-diagnosis journey. She supports her loved one through the organization, serving on the national and regional boards as chair and launching the annual Women Against MS (WAMS) Luncheon, one of the organization’s premier fundraising campaigns, taking place on May 16, 2019, at the Crystal Tea Room.
“Temple has a big heart and extends open arms to everyone in the community. My business education gave me an openness to look at the world around me with a broad mind and heart and a determination to make a difference,” said McAleer.
Developing creative solutions to revitalize resilient communities
Kayta Noreila, MBA ’15, cut her teeth in the nonprofit world working as an adult education math and finance teacher. There, she met Philadelphians who had put their education on hold because of finances or lack of access. Noreila decided she wanted to expand her finance knowledge to improve her city in a more active way, so after graduating from the Fox School, she joined the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) as a program officer.
LISC supports community and economic development by providing resilient, prosperous communities with access to quality education and livable wages. Norelia uses her finance know-how to bring that mission into fruition through loan financing, equity sources and other creative solutions.
“My coursework and experience at Fox pushed me to think bigger about my future. My diverse education nurtured my interest in how I, and the business community, can use power, influence and money for good,” said Noreila.
Lifting others while climbing the corporate ladder
Since joining the National Association of Black Accountants (NABA) as an undergraduate student at the Fox School, Tamika Boateng, BBA ’06, made the organization’s motto, “Lifting As We Climb” her personal mission. Studying asset management and risk, Boateng learned the value of giving back to the Philadelphia community at the same time. She mentored a young woman in Big Brothers Big Sisters, and through networking found a personal mentor of her own.
Today, Boateng is a management consultant for financial services at PricewaterhouseCoopers and serves on the board of Settlement Music School, one of the largest and oldest community schools of the arts in the U.S. The organization offers instruction in music and the arts to children and adults, regardless of age, background, ability or economic circumstances.
“Being a student at the Fox school not only expanded my professional network and education, but it also helped me understand my passion. I learned how to harness and use my authenticity to navigate any situation,” said Boateng.
In leading these organizations, Noreila, Boateng and McAleer credit their business education with not only providing the skills to succeed within their industries, but also a global perspective that embraces social transformation.
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