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Austin Josiah: Student, Friend, Leader

After graduating from TFA in 2011, I attended the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. While at Penn, I played club baseball and was a member of Penn Cru along with the Antioch Church in West Philadelphia. I was also able to develop professional skills in the Black Wharton Undergraduate Association and as President of the Undergraduate Sports Business Club. I graduated from Penn in 2015 with a Bachelor of Science in Economics and concentrations in Finance and Legal Studies. Due to my interests in Sports Business and Finance, I decided to pursue a career in Private Wealth Management at Morgan Stanley and I am currently an associate on the business strategy team for Private Wealth Management in Midtown Manhattan. I plan on acquiring my MBA within the next few years and pursuing a career as a business leader for a major sports organization.

I owe a tremendous amount of my success to the countless TFA coaches, administrators, friends, and families who helped mold me into the man I am today. Coach Kinard and Coach Don believed in my athletic ability and entrusted me to not only perform on the field, but also motivated me to walk in Faith off the field as a student, friend, and leader. Many other teachers and administrators (Mrs. Damron, Dr. Whitaker, Dr. Toenges, Mr. Harrison, Mr. Kowars, and many, many others) were instrumental in guiding me through the rigorous academic coursework at TFA and giving me opportunities to lead beyond the classroom. Lastly, the friendships I made at TFA are lifelong friendships that I still maintain on a weekly basis. I truly received a Christ-centered education at TFA that has provided me with a solid foundation that I continue to build upon on a daily basis.

Currently, I reside in the Harlem neighborhood of New York City and attend Trinity Church Harlem. I spend my time outside of work mentoring high school students through the Big Brothers Big Sisters program and Sponsors for Educational Opportunity, an organization that provides educational support to underrepresented youth. I also volunteer as a T-ball coach for DREAM, an organization that utilizes baseball/softball to provide foundational support to underprivileged youth in Harlem. This upcoming June, I will be participating in a decathlon where I am currently raising money for pediatric cancer research as part of the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. All glory to God!

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