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Work Your Wardrobe – A Fashion Show for Young Professionals

Center for Student Professional Development

Wednesday, February 13, 2013 from 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM (EST)

Philadelphia, PA

The “Work Your Wardrobe – Fashion Show for Young Professionals” presented by the CSPD office will feature an array of looks from business casual to business professional attire. Students are invited to attend this event which will aim to accommodate students at every socioeconomic level by providing creative ways to look the part without breaking the bank! Don’t miss this vibrant event which will provide 18 total looks, both male and female, derived directly from consignment/thrift stores, from department stores and students’ own closet’s.

Register at the following website:

BYOBB Finalist Presentations & Awards – April 26, 2012


Thursday April 26, 2012

Alter Hall Auditorium & Undergraduate Commons

1801 Liacouras Walk, Philadelphia PA 19122

2:00 – 5:30PM




Temple’s annual business plan competition, the Be Your Own Boss Bowl, is one of the most lucrative and comprehensive in the nation.   Now in its 14th year, the BYOBB features three competitive tracks: Graduate Students/Alumni/Faculty/Staff; Undergraduate; and Social Impact Ventures.  The competition features aspiring entrepreneurs with concepts in information technology, consumer products and services, life science, clean tech, nanotech and more.  Over 300 senior executives support the program.

Please save the date and join us for this inspiring entrepreneurial event which also includes a networking reception.  There is no cost to attend, and you do not need to be associated with the BYOBB or Temple University to attend.
Investors especially welcomed!

 Presenting Sponsor



    With additional support from Microsoft and  GoldmanSacs Gives,

Become CERTIFIED in PROJECT MANAGEMENT before graduating!!!

The Project Management Institute (PMI), certifies project managers globally and offers the Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM) designation to those who have been trained in project management and can pass a test on the subject.  No work experience is needed for this certification.


CAPM is widely recognized as a valuable certification across a variety of industries – it is a critical addition to a resume in today’s competitive market place. CAPM leads to career opportunities in project management; including project management in marketing, HR, legal, operations, IT or other areas.


The Marketing and Supply Chain Management Department will offer all Fox students the opportunity to acquire this certification while still in school.  During the Summer I session of 2012, the course MKTG 3580, a special topics course, will be offered.  This course will prepare the student to pass the PMI certification exam.  The course will be offered in an online format, providing maximum flexibility to fit into student’s schedule.


The course textbook will be the PMBOK, the Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (4th edition), published by PMI and the basis for the exam.  The course outline will follow the nine Areas of Knowledge for the exam, and simultaneously look at the five phases of projects.


For more information, contact your advisor or Professor Mark Gershon at 1-8130 or  MKTG 3580 will count as a marketing elective or as an upper division elective for non-marketing students.


Note: PMI charges an examination fee of $300 for the test.  Depending on enrollments, we may be able to negotiate a lower fee for a group, but be aware that this fee is separate from your tuition for the Temple course that prepares you for the exam. 



The 14th annual Be Your Own Boss Bowl is a business plan competition in which students, alumni, faculty and staff from all 17 schools and colleges within Temple, as well as Temple organizations (library, tech transfer, etc. ) compete for ten prizes, including a grand prize worth over $115,000 in cash, Microsoft products and professional services. The objective of the competition is to encourage the launch and sustainability of new small businesses and scalable entrepreneurial ventures by the Temple community. Along the journey, participants will learn about all aspects of entrepreneurship, make new networking connections and learn how to write highly strategic, comprehensive business plans.

You can do it, and we can help – you do not have to be a business school student or alum to place or win in this competition. In fact, BYOBB winners have come from the College of Engineering, College of Liberal Arts, School of Tourism and Hospitality Management, Tyler School of Art, Beasley School of Law among others. Please review this site carefully as it will provide critical dates, the business plan template, scoring sheet, rules and regs you’ll need to know in order to compete successfully.

In awarding the grand prize in the BYOBB, judges will look for the most strategic, well thought out and comprehensive business plan. The strength of the idea or business concept itself is less important. Both “life style” businesses and true scalable entrepreneurial ventures are acceptable in the competition. Social innovation ventures (for and not-for profit) are also eligible.

Please note: All submissions are held in the strictest of confidence and remain your property.

Click here to view more details and registration information.

The ‘Trophy Kids’ Go to Work

Wall Street Journal. (Eastern edition). New York, N.Y.: Oct 21, 2008. pg. D.1
With Wall Street in turmoil and a financial system in crisis mode, companies are facing another major challenge: figuring out how to manage a new crop of young people in the work force — the millennial generation. Born between 1980 and 2001, the millennials were coddled by their parents and nurtured with a strong sense of entitlement. In this adaptation from “The Trophy Kids Grow Up: How the Millennial Generation Is Shaking Up the Workplace,” Ron Alsop, a contributor to The Wall Street Journal, describes the workplace attitudes of the millennials and employers’ efforts to manage these demanding rookies.

When Gretchen Neels, a Boston-based consultant, was coaching a group of college students for job interviews, she asked them how they believe employers view them. She gave them a clue, telling them that the word she was looking for begins with the letter “e.” One young man shouted out, “excellent.” Other students chimed in with “enthusiastic” and “energetic.” Not even close. The correct answer, she said, is “entitled.” “Huh?” the students responded, surprised and even hurt to think that managers are offended by their highfalutin opinions of themselves.

If there is one overriding perception of the millennial generation, it’s that these young people have great — and sometimes outlandish — expectations. Employers realize the millennials are their future work force, but they are concerned about this generation’s desire to shape their jobs to fit their lives rather than adapt their lives to the workplace.

Although members of other generations were considered somewhat spoiled in their youth, millennials feel an unusually strong sense of entitlement. Older adults criticize the high-maintenance rookies for demanding too much too soon. “They want to be CEO tomorrow,” is a common refrain from corporate recruiters.

More than 85% of hiring managers and human-resource executives said they feel that millennials have a stronger sense of entitlement than older workers, according to a survey by The generation’s greatest expectations: higher pay (74% of respondents); flexible work schedules (61%); a promotion within a year (56%); and more vacation or personal time (50%).

“They really do seem to want everything, and I can’t decide if it’s an inability or an unwillingness to make trade-offs,” says Derrick Bolton, assistant dean and M.B.A. admissions director at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business. “They want to be CEO, for example, but they say they don’t want to give up time with their families.”

Millennials, of course, will have to temper their expectations as they seek employment during this deep economic slump. But their sense of entitlement is an ingrained trait that will likely resurface in a stronger job market. Some research studies indicate that the millennial generation’s great expectations stem from feelings of superiority. Michigan State University’s Collegiate Employment Research Institute and MonsterTrak, an online careers site, conducted a research study of 18- to 28-year-olds and found that nearly half had moderate to high superiority beliefs about themselves. The superiority factor was measured by responses to such statements as “I deserve favors from others” and “I know that I have more natural talents than most.”

For their part, millennials believe they can afford to be picky, with talent shortages looming as baby boomers retire. “They are finding that they have to adjust work around our lives instead of us adjusting our lives around work,” a teenage blogger named Olivia writes on the Web site “What other option do they have? We are hard working and utilize tools to get the job done. But we don’t want to work more than 40 hours a week, and we want to wear clothes that are comfortable. We want to be able to spice up the dull workday by listening to our iPods. If corporate America doesn’t like that, too bad.”

Where do such feelings come from? Blame it on doting parents, teachers and coaches. Millennials are truly “trophy kids,” the pride and joy of their parents. The millennials were lavishly praised and often received trophies when they excelled, and sometimes when they didn’t, to avoid damaging their self-esteem. They and their parents have placed a high premium on success, filling resumes with not only academic accolades but also sports and other extracurricular activities.

Now what happens when these trophy kids arrive in the workplace with greater expectations than any generation before them? “Their attitude is always ‘What are you going to give me,'” says Natalie Griffith, manager of human-resource programs at Eaton Corp. “It’s not necessarily arrogance; it’s simply their mindset.”

Millennials want loads of attention and guidance from employers. An annual or even semiannual evaluation isn’t enough. They want to know how they’re doing weekly, even daily. “The millennials were raised with so much affirmation and positive reinforcement that they come into the workplace needy for more,” says Subha Barry, managing director and head of global diversity and inclusion at Merrill Lynch & Co.

But managers must tread lightly when making a critique. This generation was treated so delicately that many schoolteachers stopped grading papers and tests in harsh-looking red ink. Some managers have seen millennials break down in tears after a negative performance review and even quit their jobs. “They like the constant positive reinforcement, but don’t always take suggestions for improvement well,” says Steve Canale, recruiting manager at General Electric Co. In performance evaluations, “it’s still important to give the good, the bad and the ugly, but with a more positive emphasis.”

Millennials also want things spelled out clearly. Many flounder without precise guidelines but thrive in structured situations that provide clearly defined rules and the order that they crave. Managers will need to give step-by-step directions for handling everything from projects to voice-mail messages to client meetings. It may seem obvious that employees should show up on time, limit lunchtime to an hour and turn off cellphones during meetings. But those basics aren’t necessarily apparent to many millennials.

Gail McDaniel, a corporate consultant and career coach for college students, spoke to managers at a health-care company who were frustrated by some of their millennial employees. It seems that one young man missed an important deadline, and when his manager asked him to explain, he said, “Oh, you forgot to remind me.” Parents and teachers aren’t doing millennials any favors by constantly adapting to their needs, Ms. McDaniel says. “Going into the workplace, they have an expectation that companies will adapt for them, too.”

Millennials also expect a flexible work routine that allows them time for their family and personal interests. “For this generation, work is not a place you go; work is a thing you do,” says Kaye Foster- Cheek, vice president for human resources at Johnson & Johnson.

Although millennials have high expectations about what their employers should provide them, companies shouldn’t expect much loyalty in return. If a job doesn’t prove fulfilling, millennials will forsake it in a flash. Indeed, many employers say it’s retention that worries them most.

In the Michigan State/MonsterTrak study, about two-thirds of the millennials said they would likely “surf” from one job to the next. In addition, about 44% showed their lack of loyalty by stating that they would renege on a job-acceptance commitment if a better offer came along.

These workplace nomads don’t see any stigma in listing three jobs in a single year on their resumes. They are quite confident about landing yet another job, even if it will take longer in this dismal economy. In the meantime, they needn’t worry about their next paycheck because they have their parents to cushion them. They’re comfortable in the knowledge that they can move back home while they seek another job. The weak job market may make millennials think twice about moving on, but once jobs are more plentiful, they will likely resume their job- hopping ways.

Justin Pfister, the founder of Open Yard, an online retailer of sports equipment, believes he and his fellow millennials will resist having their expectations deflated. If employers fail to provide the opportunities and rewards millennials seek, he says, they’re likely to drop out of the corporate world as he did and become entrepreneurs. “We get stifled when we’re offered single-dimensional jobs,” he says. “We are multi-dimensional people living and working in a multi- dimensional world.”

These outspoken young people tend to be highly opinionated and fearlessly challenge recruiters and bosses. Status and hierarchy don’t impress them much. They want to be treated like colleagues rather than subordinates and expect ready access to senior executives, even the CEO, to share their brilliant ideas. Recruiters at such companies as investment-banking firm Goldman Sachs Group Inc. and describe “student stalkers” who brashly fire off emails to everyone from the CEO on down, trying to get an inside track to a job.

Companies have a vested interest in trying to slow the millennial mobility rate. They not only will need millennials to fill positions left vacant by retiring baby boomers but also will benefit from this generation’s best and brightest, who possess significant strengths in teamwork, technology skills, social networking and multitasking. Millennials were bred for achievement, and most will work hard if the task is engaging and promises a tangible payoff.

Clearly, companies that want to compete for top talent must bend a bit and adapt to the millennial generation. Employers need to show new hires how their work makes a difference and why it’s of value to the company. Smart managers will listen to their young employees’ opinions, and give them some say in decisions. Employers also can detail the career opportunities available to millennials if they’ll just stick around awhile. Indeed, it’s the wealth of opportunities that will prove to be the most effective retention tool.

In the final analysis, the generational tension is a bit ironic. After all, the grumbling baby-boomer managers are the same indulgent parents who produced the millennial generation. Ms. Barry of Merrill Lynch sees the irony. She is teaching her teenage daughter to value her own opinions and to challenge things. Now she sees many of those challenging millennials at her company and wonders how she and other managers can expect the kids they raised to suddenly behave differently at work. “It doesn’t mean we can be as indulgent as managers as we are as parents,” she says. “But as parents of young people just like them, we can treat them with respect.”