NEW YORK, June 7, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- KPMG LLP today announced a new charitable initiative, the KPMG Future Leaders Program, focused on developing future generations of women leaders. The firm also named 66th U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice as its ambassador to help facilitate the program.
Funded by proceeds from the KPMG Women's PGA Championship and KPMG Women's Leadership Summit, the KPMG Future Leaders Program affords top female high school seniors across the country the opportunity to enhance their personal growth through college scholarships, a leadership development retreat at Stanford University, a mentoring relationship with a woman business leader, and an introduction to golf.
"KPMG is passionate about developing women leaders at various stages of their careers and the KPMG Future Leaders Program will play a powerful role in shaping future generations of leaders," said Lynne Doughtie, KPMG U.S. Chairman and CEO. "Through this initiative, we are paying it forward by investing in promising young women and instilling the confidence and leadership skills they will need to succeed and lead in college and their careers. We've joined with Condoleezza Rice, who serves as an exemplary leader to help inspire and equip them."
Rice commented: "The KPMG Future Leaders Program will help prepare these young women to be leaders at their universities and in their communities. I'm proud to work with KPMG on this important mission to strengthen future generations of women leaders."
Sixteen remarkable scholars have been selected from a pool of hundreds of applicants to participate in the inaugural KPMG Future Leaders Program – Class of 2016. In addition to receiving an annual KPMG Future Leaders Scholarship of $10,000 for each year of college, recipients will attend the three-day KPMG Future Leaders Retreat in July at Stanford University focused on leadership training, career development skills, and an introduction to golf. Recipients also will be paired with a mentor – a woman leader participating in the KPMG Women's Leadership Summit.
The PGA of America and LPGA will lead the golf instruction at the KPMG Future Leaders Retreat.
The 16 young women selected for the inaugural KPMG Future Leaders Program met the following criteria:
- Female high school senior planning to enroll in a four-year undergraduate program for the upcoming fall semester;
- Proven track record of academic excellence and leadership potential;
- Minimum 3.5 cumulative GPA;
- Interest in a business or STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) academic track;
- Active in the community; and
- Financial need.
KPMG Women's PGA Championship
The KPMG Women's PGA Championship is a collaboration between KPMG, the PGA of America, and LPGA. Broadcast in partnership with NBC and Golf Channel, it combines a world-class, annual major golf championship with a women's leadership summit and an ongoing charitable initiative – all focused on the development, advancement and empowerment of women on and off the golf course. The events take place this week at Sahalee Country Club in Sammamish, Washington. The Championship offers a $3.5 million purse, among the highest in women's golf.
For more information about the KPMG Future Leaders Program, KPMG Women's Leadership Summit, and KPMG Women's PGA Championship, please visit: KPMG.com/WomensLeadership.
About KPMG LLP
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