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For Donaldine Temple, June 13th will always be a special day. It was on June 13, 2013, that she was promoted to Vice President and Assistant General Counsel at The Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation (DTCC) and simultaneously named one of The Network Journal’s (TNJ) 40 Under Forty for 2013. Temple is an attorney in DTCC’s general counsel’s office where she provides legal and regulatory advice to the Fixed Income Clearing Corporation.

“The award or promotion by itself is an incredible honor,” Temple said. “To learn about them both on the same day was exciting.”

As noted in the TNJ’s press release, the 40 Under Forty Achievement Award honors men and women under 40 years old who have proven to be exceptional performers in their industry and committed contributors to the development of their community. The program is designed to promote mentorship and professional development for these next-generation leaders by introducing them to the established business community as role models.

Temple was nominated for the award by colleagues and was presented with an award at the annual “40 Under-Forty Achievement Awards” dinner, held in June.

“To be recognized by my peers as someone worthy of such an award is a great honor,” Temple said. “I am tremendously humbled to have received the recognition.”

Temple explained that receiving the award has been a catalyst to helping expand the breath of her network. “My professional network has expanded by 39, and the group of awardees is comprised of individuals who work in every area imaginable – law, medicine, finance, marketing, education, politics etc. The common thread among us is our deep commitment to service,” she said. “And I look forward to partnering with them on some of the community service and fundraising initiatives that they are involved in.”

Temple started a listerv for the 2013 recipients to plan networking events. “The group is a great sounding board to discuss everything from matters relating to professional development to community service-related projects,” she said.

When Temple isn’t in the office, she maintains a busy calendar comprised of studying dance at the Alvin Ailey Dance Theater and volunteering at one of several community service centers. Through New York Cares, an organization that she is most fond of, she leads training sessions for new volunteers, serves meals to the homeless at the Bowery Mission and leads resume writing workshops for young teens at the Covenant House.

Volunteering has always been part of Temple’s life. “To whom much is given, much is required and with this in mind, I have always had a passion for community service,” she said. “I have been blessed beyond measure so it’s incredibly important that I volunteer my time and my gifts in order to help a population that has been disenfranchised.” @

To read Temple’s profile which was featured in the summer 2013 edition of the TNJ’s magazine, visit: