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KPMG to help fund scholarships, leadership opportunities for young women

 
By Lauren Rohrlrohr@dailyherald.com

Young women nationwide will receive scholarships and leadership development opportunities thanks to a charitable initiative funded by the KPMG Women's PGA Championship in Kildeer.

Several female high school seniors planning to enroll in a four-year undergraduate program are selected each year for the KPMG Future Leaders Program, according to the company's website. The students are chosen from hundreds of candidates based their leadership experience, academic excellence, potential career interests, financial need and involvement in the community.

The program, launched in 2016, is funded by proceeds from the golf tournament and coinciding KPMG Women's Leadership Summit, both of which will take place this week at the Kemper Lakes Golf Club. Each recipient receives a $10,000 scholarship for each year of college, along with the opportunity to attend a three-day retreat next month at Stanford University, officials said.

"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," Lynne Doughtie, the company's U.S. chairwoman and CEO, said in a statement. "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."

Former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice serves as an ambassador to help facilitate the program, she added.

At the retreat, each student will be mentored by a woman participating in the leadership summit, officials said. Students also will receive training in leadership and career development, as well as an introduction to golf.

This article is sponsored by KPMG Women's PGA Championship.