Jennifer Boakye


Catalyst for Change

One word perfectly describes Jennifer Boakye ’13 MBA ’15: motivated. A dietetics major with a biology minor in the University’s pre-med program, she also is a founding member of Bradley’s chapter of Students Today Leaders Forever (STLF).

She credits her time on the speech team and as an assistant resident adviser (ARA) for helping prepare her for STLF. “When you’re an ARA, you learn conflict resolution, how to work with different personalities and work ethics, and how to confront people,” she noted, adding that speech gave her the persuasive skills necessary to convince college students to give $450 and their entire spring break with only one promise —  “I will change your life.”

STLF is a nonprofit that engages students in service and leadership through nine-day, six-city Pay It Forward Tours during which participants learn about social issues. “Four other girls and I were responsible for starting the chapter,” she explained. “I’m used to having someone to look to for questions and answers; with STLF, I was that person.”

Hoping to become a pediatrician, Boakye knew she needed to stand out on her medical school applications. Dr. Jennifer Robin, assistant professor of management and leadership, suggested she pursue a master’s in business. “Even if I don’t own my own practice, I think having that knowledge will help me talk to my patients,” she said.

Ultimately, her dream is to work at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital: “Even if patients are terminally ill, I want to help them enjoy their last few moments on Earth and help their families.”