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Six LeBow Alumni Earn Drexel 40 Under 40 Recognition


March 15, 2024

Drexel Magazine’s 40 Under 40 for 2024 included six LeBow alumni for contributions in their chosen fields and efforts toward building a better future.

This 13th edition of the 40 Under 40 focuses on those who serve as teachers, mentors or advisers, sharing the knowledge they have rapidly gained to create an impact.

Ranging from those who earned undergraduate degrees to a doctorate, this year’s honorees were able to foster skills and learn important lessons while at LeBow, then pass on that know-how as professionals. Check out quotes and individual profiles for those recognized below:

Thomas Fewer, PhD '21

Thomas Fewer, PhD Business Administration ’21 | vice president, NobleReach Foundation

“It was at Drexel where I discovered my passion for using my skills and training to tackle today’s biggest challenges. Toward this end, the LeBow College importantly armed me with the tools to navigate and thrive in different sectors and professional settings. I owe it to my former professors and faculty mentors who offered their invaluable professional guidance and graciously helped me grow my network.”

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Jasmine Morton-Thompson, BSBA Accounting ’17 | founding board member/operations director, NERDiT CARES

“The realization of my capacity to guide individuals toward their higher purpose, a transformative journey initiated by my bold decision to depart from my corporate role and fully embrace the realm of social entrepreneurship.”

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Kiyana J. Neil, BS Marketing and International Business ’15 | executive director, Philadelphia Youth Action Inc.

“I teach and mentor high school and college students, focusing on helping them develop their own self-confidence. It has taken me 30+ years, and counting, to trust in my skills and abilities. I pay it forward by allowing young Philly kids to see themselves in me and be the support I needed as a young person.”

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Ankur Shah, BS Business Administration/Marketing ’08 | nephrologist/assistant professor of medicine, Warren Albert Medical School of Brown University

“My time at Drexel played a significant and foundational role in my career; it was during my undergraduate education that I realized the many ways in which one can impact the world. It was through great mentors at the Bennett S. Lebow College of Business that I realized I wanted to be in an academic setting where I could help others in the way my mentors helped guide my path.”

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Teryn Phillips Thomas, BSBA ’10 | CEO and co-founder, EdLight

“We’re trying to transform classrooms so that students — regardless of their demographics — are getting the feedback that they deserve every single day. The goal is to create equitable classrooms through feedback that’s meaningful, pedagogically driven and based on content expertise.”

Drew Veloric '14

Drew Veloric, BSBA Entrepreneurship ’14 | Founder, CEO and Designer at Drew Veloric

“Drexel helped me launch one of my newest ventures by helping me prototype and program stitches for SHIMA SEIKI 3D-printed knitting prototypes before I scaled the idea into samples and production. Being able to test research and development with Drexel before going to the knitting machine’s parent company was beneficial. Drexel helped me with the barriers to entry and onboarding so I could quickly move to commercialize the ideas more efficiently once I connected with the manufacturer.”

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