Winter 2013| Posse Chicago Quarterly


PwC Invests in Career Development for Posse Scholars

Scholar Tenzin Palmo (Connecticut Posse 1) at a PwC social event for summer interns.

Posse Scholars at a financial literacy workshop hosted by PwC.

Forty Posse Scholars participated in PwC’s "Learn for the Future" initiative during the summer of 2012.

PwC, a big-four multinational professional services firm and Posse Career Program partner, is committed to providing Scholars with valuable career development opportunities.

In July 2012, PwC invited 40 Posse Scholars to participate in its five-day “Learn for Your Future” workshop, which was funded through the American Jobs Act as part of the Pathways Back to Work fund and White House Summer Jobs+ initiative. PwC’s local managers and staff led Posse Scholars through workshops on personal branding, financial literacy and social responsibility.

“Posse Scholars were so engaged, which confirmed that what we were delivering to them was really valuable,” says Sarah Ferencz, a manager in financial services at PwC.

In addition to this summer initiative, the PwC Charitable Foundation provided a $50,000 grant to Posse Chicago’s Career Program in alignment with PwC US’s Earn Your Future Initiative, a $160 million investment in cash donations and service hours to address youth education. Thanks to PwC, the Career Program, which offers professional development resources and support to Scholars seeking summer internships, will receive expanded resources as it prepares to serve the largest group of Scholars in its history with the addition of new institutional partners Agnes Scott College and Cornell University.

Rod Adams, a Posse Chicago Advisory Board member and Greater Chicago human resource leader for PwC, has been instrumental in establishing the partnership between Posse and PwC.  

“Being a Posse board member and being here at PwC, it’s exciting that we are continuing to advance the partnership,” says Rod. “Posse gives us great access to some motivated, passionate youth in the Chicagoland area.”

Finally, PwC recently hired Connecticut College senior Tenzin Palmo into its advisory services practice where she will begin working full-time after graduation this spring. Palmo initially learned about PwC in 2011 through the Career Program and received guidance and encouragement from Posse as she applied to and was hired for the competitive PwC Semester of Discovery Internship. Rehired as an intern in 2012, she worked alongside a PwC associate, manager, partner and other interns on a major project to improve the business management performance of a multinational oil company.

“There is so much opportunity for growth at PwC; it feels like the best foundation for a career,” says Palmo. “Posse not only gave me access to one of the most elite private institutions of higher education, but also opened doors for me through the Career Program to begin my career.”

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