KPMG has long been a supporter of women’s leadership. This last week was home to the annual KPMG Women’s Leadership Summit and the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship, both big events for women’s golf and women’s empowerment. While the championship provides an opportunity for women not currently on the LPGA Tour to compete among the pros, the KPMG Women’s Leadership Summit is a day of inspiring conversations from leaders in both business and golf.
This year’s speakers included Michele Tafoya, NBC’s Sunday Night Football Sideline Reporter; Paul Knopp, KPMG U.S. Chair and CEO; Robin Roberts, Award-winning Broadcast Journalist; Mike Wirth, Chairman of the Board and CEO, Chevron; Stephanie Linnartz, Group President of Marriott; Ibtihaj Muhammad, Entrepreneur, New York Times Best-Selling Author, Speaker and Olympic Medalist in Fencing; Mariah Stackhouse, LPGA Tour player and KPMG brand ambassador; Laura Newinski, KPMG U.S. Deputy Chair and COO; Condoleezza Rice, 66th U.S. Secretary of State; and two graduates from the KPMG Future Leaders Program.
The KPMG Future Leaders Program is more than just a scholarship or mentorship opportunity; it is the program that embodies KPMG’s commitment to providing opportunities for women to succeed in their careers.
Since the program’s foundation in 2016, the KPMG Future Leaders Program has awarded over 100, female high school seniors more than $2.6 million in scholarships. Being part of the program includes a leadership development retreat, mentorship, and an introduction to golf, a game that has time and again been a useful tool for career development.
The program’s main purpose is to help these young women continue to build a strong foundation and instill the confidence and leadership ability they need to succeed in college and ultimately in their long-term careers.
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During the COVID-19 epidemic, three KPMG Leaders Program recipients were recognized for giving back to their communities by each using their own skills.
Nineteen-year-old KPMG Future Leader Karina Popovich of Cornell University used her interest in STEM to create and produce personal protective equipment for people in the medical field, potentially spearheading a longer-lasting design for face shields.
Vassar College senior Tea Binder worked as an EMT just an hour north of New York City between her class schedule, helping where she could for those affected by the virus and other medical emergencies.
And Morgan Mackenzie Joseph, a freshman at Duke University, who started a non-profit called The Empowerment Hub, which provides virtual tutoring and educational support for underserved children in her community.
This year marks the first graduating class of women from the program’s beginning, and in celebration, KPMG has launched their Turn Around campaign, a series of TV ads, which were featured on NBC, the Golf Channel, MSNBC, and CNBC, that illustrate the impact women’s leadership programs can have for young women hoping to make the biggest impact possible on the world.