LeBow College and NABA Team with NFL Stars Dhani Jones and Rudi Johnson to Help Parents and Youth Ta

The National Association of Black Accountants, Inc. (NABA) is partnering with its pacesetter-level corporate partner KPMG LLP, corporate partner Drexel University’s LeBow College of Business, and NFL stars Dhani Jones and Rudi Johnson for its 5th Annual Community Service Outreach Program (CSOP), which helps college-bound teens – between 12 and 18 years of age – and their families prepare and plan for the mental and fiscal realities and expectations that come with college. The event will be held on Saturday, June 23, 2007, beginning at 9 a.m. at the kick off at the Paul Peck Center at 32nd and Market Street.

Held in conjunction with NABA’s 36th Annual National Convention, June 19–23 at the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown, the CSOP is a series of highly interactive workshops that are facilitated by NABA professionals and student members who are business leaders and top scholars — Drexel University’s LeBow College of Business has its own NABA student chapter. The CSOP is also being presented with local partners the Urban League of Philadelphia and Integrated Social Solutions.

We’re happy to support NABA’s quest to educate the youth about the educational and financial opportunities available to them,” says KPMG Managing Partner Jerry Maginnis, who works in the firm’s Philadelphia office. “KPMG is committed to the communities in which we live and work, and we are excited to help our neighbors get a leg up on their future.”

NABA is providing outstanding opportunities for the next generation of accountants and business leaders,’” says Dr. George P. Tsetsekos, dean, Drexel University’s LeBow College of Business. “The knowledge that youth will gain through this national convention will be invaluable as they pursue their academic and professional careers. LeBow College is proud to team up with NABA and support the goals of this program.”

Many of this year’s sessions will be guided by NABA’s Money$ense modules — Money$ense is a national financial literacy initiative introduced by the organization earlier this year. The day will start with an interactive morning session centered on critical topics such as:

  • Leadership for Teens
  • Transition from High School to College
  • College Preparation for Parents
  • Financial Planning

The afternoon session will commence with a question-and-answer session led by All-Pro Running Back Rudi Johnson of the Cincinnati Bengals. He will share real-world scenarios and offer specifics on how he is actively planning for his fiscal needs and realities after his NFL career. “This detailed discussion on money management, financial components and strategic savings is sure to empower these students with the essential money management skills they need to build a strong financial future,” Johnson says.

The afternoon session will also consist of two simultaneous student and parent sessions, where former Philadelphia Eagles linebacker Dhani Jones will discuss critical topics such as saving, budgeting, credit and taxes. “You don’t have to be rich or have a lot of money to ensure you have security and plan for your future,” Jones says. “These innovative sessions are sure to prove useful to both teens and parents; especially in a time when being financially literate is a must.”

We are elated that our community service outreach continues to grow stronger and more encompassing each year,” says Challenge M. Okiwe, Director of the NABA Center for Advancement of Minority Accountants. “Partnering with these accomplished NFL players and financial professionals is a wonderful milestone for the CSOP’s fifth year, and we are excited to continue our legacy of giving valuable, lasting financial knowledge that benefits the families and young people in the cities where we hold our national conventions.”

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The National Association of Black accountants, Inc. (NABA), which represents the interests of more than 100,000 people of color in furthering their educational and professional aspirations in the related business fields of accounting, consulting, finance and information technology, is one of the premier professional organizations in the nation. Established in 1969 by nine African-American accountants in New York City, the organization currently boasts more than 185 professional and student chapters across the country. For additional information about the CSOP and NABA, please contact NABA at (301) 474-6222 or visit www.nabainc.org.

Recognized by Entrepreneur, Financial Times, Forbes/The Princeton Review and U.S. News & World Report for superior programs, Drexel University's LeBow College of Business empowers, enriches and inspires future business leaders through an innovative, strategic approach to business education defined by leadership and ethics, industry perspectives and technological orientation. Founded in 1922, LeBow College has more than 3,300 students, 100 faculty and 30,000 alumni and is accredited by AACSB International-The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. It offers undergraduate, graduate, doctoral and executive education programs. For additional information, visit www.lebow.drexel.edu.