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Tamika Tremaglio, C'92, gives a talk about authenticity

Lives of Significance

Tamika Tremaglio, C'92

Be Authentic

“Success isn’t about faking it until you make it,” says Tamika Tremaglio, C’92, as she gives the keynote speech to hundreds of Mount students and faculty at the annual SPARC Festival.

“Rather, you have to be in an environment that fosters that authenticity. My biggest failure was not being myself.”


Tremaglio credits the Mount with helping her learn about kindness and service.

As an undergraduate at the Mount, Tamika earned her bachelor’s in business administration, was on the student defense council and started the dance team.

She continued her education at the University of Maryland School of Law where she earned her Juris Doctor and then pursued an MBA from the University of Baltimore.

Currently, Tamika is the Greater Washington managing principal at Deloitte. She’s responsible for overseeing more than 10,000 audit, tax, advisory and consulting professionals in the region.

Lessons from the Mount

Who she is today and the journey to her purpose can be understood in a letter she penned to her younger self which includes these 10 reminders:

  1. If you could be so “lucky,” choose a partner in every sense of the word—one who contributes equally and sees your success as their success.
  2. Create your personal brand.
  3. Do not compare yourself to others; live your own purpose.
  4. Find your true passion.
  5. Give the gift of experiences, time and presence to your children and always lead by example.
  6. Be authentic.
  7. Don’t allow your struggles to take away your joy.
  8. Have integrity in everything you do.
  9. Remember, chance favors the prepared individual.
  10. Take risks—remove fear from the equation. Don’t let the acronym stand for Forget Everything and Run, but rather Face Everything and Rise!

She says the beginnings of her success started with simple human kindness, and the Mount is exceptionally good at that. “My role, and purpose, is to be a servant leader and that’s something I learned at the Mount,” she explains. “The impact that I can make on other people—and my upbringing—those things were reinforced on campus.”