PwC faculty newsletter archive

Every six to eight weeks you will find new thought leadership, white papers, PwC publications, and technical updates highlighted in our faculty newsletter. As each new newsletter is posted, the prior month's newsletter is archived here for your reference.

  • November 2015

    Dear Educator,

    The holidays are right around the corner! During this time of Thanksgiving, we hope you have time to relax and be with family and friends.

    In this edition we highlight Mike Fenlon’s recent comments on our Student Loan Paydown benefit. Other newsletter topics include discussion regarding PwC’s commitment to veterans, opportunities for your students in Tax, and our upcoming Aspire to Lead event on February 17. We also bring you several new publications impacting all lines of service, including the evolution of auditors, digital IQ, building trust using data, and more. In addition, we provide tools such as our Podcast series and our guide to tax and wealth management.


    Student Loan Paydown Program

    We know that student loan debt is a major societal issue and can create a significant financial burden for students as they launch their careers. Recent college graduates on average owe more than $35,000 and will take up to 21 years to pay off their loans. This news is especially troubling for minorities whose student loan debt is disproportionately steeper.

    PwC’s Student Loan Pay-down (SLP) program can make a difference and helps address this challenge. Under SLP, participating associates and senior associates will receive $1,200 a year towards their student loans for up to six years or until their promotion to manager (whichever comes first). It has the potential to reduce their student loan principal and interest obligation by as much as $10,000 and shorten their loan payoff period by up to three years.

    Student loan debt is an issue at the heart of PwC’s Purpose: to build trust in society and solve important problems. We’re proud to be one of the first in the industry to offer assistance with this type of benefit, which goes into effect for eligible PwC staff in summer 2016. To learn more about SLP, please see our press release and hear what our Deputy US Human Capital Leader, Mike Fenlon, has to say on his blog.


    Aspire to Lead: The PwC women’s leadership series

    Take your career to centre stage. Lessons from the business of Hollywood.
    Wednesday 17 February 2016 at 16:30pm GMT / 11:30am ET / 8:30am PT

    As a leading professional services firm and employer, PwC has a unique role to play in the advancement of women as leaders. Since our premier Aspire to Lead webcast, PwC continues to engage students, clients, PwC staff and their families and friends from around the world in a dialogue on women in leadership. Throughout the years, we’ve received tremendous feedback. Ninety-four percent of participants say they are inspired to embrace their ambitions and pursue their goals as result of these webcasts.

    We’re excited to announce our next global webcast in early 2016 broadcasting live from Hollywood, California!

    The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will host the event leading up to the Oscars. Panel members will include Dawn Hudson, CEO of the Academy, and Academy Award®-winning actress Geena Davis, founder of the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media. Known as the Institute, it is the only research-based organization working within the media and entertainment industry to engage, educate, and influence the need to dramatically improve gender balance, reduce stereotyping and create diverse female characters in entertainment.

    During the webcast, Dawn and Geena will join other prominent figures to engage in a discussion moderated by Michael Fenlon, PwC Global Talent Leader. Attendees will receive insights and tips on how to best differentiate themselves, and achieve success in furthering their careers. In addition, participants will learn about PwC’s global development framework, which outlines leadership attributesfor keeping ahead in our rapidly-changing world. We want to include men in this dialogue as a part of our global sponsorship of the UN HeForShe initiative.

    Join our live video-webcast which can be viewed from anywhere on 17 February 2015 at 16:30 GMT / 11:30am ET / 8:30am PT or via the replay. To learn more, visit pwc.com/aspire.


     

    PwC Top 100 Military employer: announces Veterans Advocacy and Recruiting Leader

    We are very pleased to be recognized once again as a Top 100 Military Friendly Employer.  Last week, The PwC Charitable Foundation, Inc. announced a new grant to support veterans with a $1 million commitment to the Four Block Foundation, non-profit organization helping veterans find meaningful careers through transition support, rehabilitation services, and professional development. This announcement coincides with PwC US naming a Veterans Advocacy and Recruiting Leader. Chris Crace, a former Marine Corps Captain, will lead PwC’s national veterans’ advocacy strategy and talent acquisition activities across the firm.

    To view the press release, click here. To hear stories from our firm’s veterans, click here.


    Opportunities in Tax

    PwC's Tax practice is the #1 Tax practice in the US in terms of revenue and growth. We offer a significant number of career opportunities to students entering the profession, and we are poised to continue our strong growth trajectory in the coming years.

    Why PwC Tax?

    • PwC Tax provides opportunities for associates to have a diverse work experience across multiple tax technical areas and industries. Ongoing insight from coaches, leaders, and human capital provides support for an open dialogue on interests and diverse career paths.
    • We challenge ourselves to innovate. We want to create a culture where we incubate ideas, where we think boldly, and where we challenge the expected. PwC Tax regularly hosts competitions to create a “think tank” environment to generate ideas to evolve our practice.
    • We invest in Tax technology, and it’s creating new opportunities for our firm, our clients, and our people. It’s about working smarter, and using innovation and technology to make that happen.
    • We encourage our people, at all levels, to work with their peers at clients and across the firm to bring a variety of perspectives to our work. Client connectivity includes associates and provides opportunities to identify and pursue business development earlier in their careers.

    Students can find more information at www.pwc.com/campus (What we do / Tax).


    STEM Recruiting Educational Resource:

    We know that today's auditors must embrace new technology-driven skillsets, and accelerate the pace at which other "expected" skillsets are developed. Certain skills-such as business acumen, critical thinking, and understanding market trends-have always been expected of more senior auditors. However, the marriage of technology and auditing, as well as the evolving structure of the audit team, makes developing these skills to a greater extent earlier in an auditor's career more important. It will be important for certain of these skillsets to be integrated into college and graduate school curricula so that accounting graduates can hit the ground running in their new jobs.

    In the most recent edition of Point of View, PwC addresses the need to evolve these skillsets and how to help the next generation of auditors be successful.

    We encourage you to use this publication as an educational resource to support our STEM recruiting efforts. To read Point of View "The evolution of auditors - how skillsets are changing", click here. To access more STEM resources, click here.


    PwC Young Workers Index:

    The global financial crisis and the subsequent prolonged periods of recession with sluggish growth led to a sharp rise in youth unemployment rates in many developed economies, but performance has varied considerably across countries.

    To get a handle on these variations we have compiled a new Young Workers Index that captures a broad range of indicators relating to the participation of young people in employment, education and training for 34 OECD countries over the period since 2006. Switzerland, Germany and Austria come out top of these rankings for 2014.

    We also estimate how much other OECD countries could boost their economies if they could match levels of performance in Germany, as well as considering how governments and businesses can work together to achieve these gains. Across the OECD, we estimate the potential long-term boost to GDP from such efforts at over $1 trillion, while for the UK the potential gain could be around £55 billion (3% of GDP).

    To read our report and watch our video, click here.


    Retail and Consumer 2015 Holiday Outlook:

    PwC ’s 2015 Holiday Outlook offers a view into consumers’ mindset and likely shopping behaviors over the next few months, as well as into the expectations and planning strategies of retailers and manufacturers. Our national survey of 2,000-plus consumers as well as 230 retailers and manufacturers provides insights about: shoppers’ purchasing decisions, the factors driving those decisions, and current shopping channel trends. In this report, we analyze consumer-reported data— and overlay the findings with additional PwC research and analysis—to uncover key insights and implications for retailers and manufacturers.

    To learn more, visit here.


    2015 Global Digital IQ Survey: Are you a Digital IQ Leader?

    Since 2007, our Digital IQ® Survey has asked one simple question: What actions can leaders take to ensure their digital investments deliver and sustain value?

    To get to the answer, we studied the behavior and corporate performance of nearly 2,000 executives, drawn evenly from the technology and business sides of global organisations.

    We analysed more than 25 attributes, spanning strategy, innovation, and execution to isolate the 10 attributes that correlate with stronger financial performance.

    Download the full report here.


    2015 Revenue Recognition Survey: Assessing Impact and Implementation

    To better understand where organizations stand with their implementation of the new revenue recognition standard and the expected impacts and issues, PwC and Financial Executives Research Foundation (FERF) collaborated for the second year on a revenue recognition implementation survey.

    Conducted during the summer of 2015, our survey explored executives’ perspectives on key considerations for companies implementing the new standard, from adoption method and overall readiness to accounting policy decisions, systems, controls, and process changes.

    To read more, click here.


    CFO Direct Podcast Series

    PwC professionals share perspectives on today's key regulatory, accounting and financial reporting developments. Providing insight using plain English to help you stay current in a rapidly changing business world. Busy financial executives can listen to episodes at their convenience via desktop computer or smartphone.

    To learn more, visit here.


    Managing your wealth: Guide to tax and wealth management

    PwC’s 2016 year-end guide to tax and wealth management offers guidance for strategic tax planning, managing your portfolio, charitable giving, estate and gift planning, business succession planning and other topics.

    To read more, click here.


    The 2015 Global Innovation 1000: Innovation’s new world order

    This year, Strategy&, PwC's strategy consulting business, examined the R&D footprint of some of the world's top companies to understand how much they are spending on R&D, where and how that spend has shifted since our last study on this topic in 2008. We found that the globalization of R&D has become the norm and that the flow of R&D funds is shifting away from Europe and aggressively moving towards Asia. The Global Innovation 1000 studies of the past have long confirmed its not how much you spend, but how you spend it and now it is also where you spend it that determines your success.

    To learn more, visit here.


    Assurance: Building trust amid transformation

    Our Assurance practice plays a key role in delivering against our network purpose – ‘To build trust in society and solve important problems.’ This year, rebuilding public trust has remained a priority for many organisations. But we’ve found they’re also facing a new conflict: that as they innovate and grow in new and increasingly competitive markets, trust is being further eroded.

    Watch Richard Sexton, PwC Vice Chairman, Global Assurance,  talk about how PwC helps companies use data to build trust here.

    Do you want to know more about our Assurance practice? Have a look at our case studies or download the complete Assurance section in our Global Annual Review.


    We hope you find this information useful. Please contact us if we can be of assistance to you.

    Best Regards,

    Julie Peters
    US University Relations Leader

  • October 2015

    Dear Educator:

    Campus recruiting season is in full swing and our recruiting teams have enjoyed seeing many of you on campus over the past few weeks.

    Mark your calendar for our third Aspire to Lead event scheduled for February 17.  We'll share more details next month. To learn more about the program and watch last year’s webcast, click here.

    In our October newsletter, we follow up last month’s announcement with more information on our Student Loan Pay-down program.  We highlight the importance of STEM to PwC and some of our current initiatives including our efforts with veterans and the military community and our DonorsChoose activities. With this, we invite you to participate in our Tax Function of the Future webcast held on Tuesday, November 17th at 12:00pm. We are also sharing several resources including our Global Annual Review, the Quarter Close Q3 2015, an update on regulatory and standard-setting, and the new standard on revenue.  We have included as well several tools to give you ready access to current information including our On Demand Library of CPE eligible webcasts, our 365 App and our BoardRoom Direct newsletter.


    PwC Student Loan Pay-down

    We know that student loan debt is a major societal issue and can create a significant financial burden for students as they launch their careers. PwC’s Student Loan Pay-down (SLP) program can make a difference and helps address a challenge experienced disproportionately by those in certain minority and economic groups.

    This benefit also aligns with our corporate responsibility position as a leader in advancing financial literacy across the US. Our Earn Your Future (EYF) commitment of $190 million over five years includes curriculum development, teacher training and research. Read our EYF Fact Sheet or our latest CR Report for more information.

    Under SLP, participating associates and senior associates will receive $1,200 a year towards their student loans for up to six years or until their promotion to manager (whichever comes first). It has the potential to reduce their student loan principal and interest obligation by as much as $10,000 and shorten their loan payoff period by up to three years.

    Student loan debt is an issue at the heart of PwC’s Purpose: to build trust in society and solve important problems. We’re proud to be one of the first in the industry to offer assistance with this type of benefit, which goes into effect for eligible PwC staff in summer 2016. To learn more about SLP, please see our press release and what our US Chairman and Senior Partner, Bob Moritz, has to say on LinkedIn.

    CBS also featured our SLP program on This Morning Saturday. To watch the clip, click here.

    Also, educational disparities lead to wealth disparities – and when it comes to student debt, it’s not a level playing field. Read more on Shannon Schuyler’s Blog (PwC's Corporate Responsibility Leader).


    Why STEM Is Important To PwC

    Helping students develop fundamental STEM-related skills is critical to the health and competitiveness of our economy. The critical thinking, analytical skills and foresight that follow a STEM education not only help students with important life decisions, but they also better prepare students to handle future job demands. Yet more than half of U.S. CEOs point to the lack of availability of key skills as a potential threat to growth in 2013, according to PwC's 16th annual Global CEO Survey. Today's students are tomorrow's leaders—businesses, educators and communities must come together to provide solutions and help introduce STEM-related courses to students at an early age, and with greater frequency.

    In order to keep up with the fast pace of change, we need people who have the right background and skill sets to meet the expectations of our clients and the industry. A STEM background delivers critical thinking and quantitative skills that create value for our clients.

    Read more about our STEM initiatives here.


    Tax Function of the Future: Unlocking the Power of Data and Analytics

    Tax functions are facing increasing pressure to remain compliant in a world of challenging data collection and manual processes, leaving tax with little time to focus on strategic planning. Additionally, heightened expectations of internal and external stakeholders mean that companies need to become more agile in order to respond quickly to market changes.

    However, organizations cannot make fully informed business decisions if they are struggling to locate, validate, and manipulate tax data. To become more efficient and create greater value for the broader business, tax functions need to take a closer look at the data they collect, the technology and processes they use and rethink their approach to tax data management.

    PwC invites you to participate in a webcast on Tuesday, November 17 from 12:00 - 1:00 PM (ET). Our Tax Reporting & Strategy specialists Michael Shehab, Todd Bixby, Jeff Lower, and Kathy Nicholson will discuss how streamlining the data collection and management process enables the tax function to shift its focus from gathering data to analyzing data to participate more strategically within the organization. To register, click here.

    We hope that you will join us for this timely discussion. Webcast attendees will be eligible for 1.0 hour of Continuing Professional Education credit in Taxes.


    Leaders Serve Here: Veterans at PwC

    The PwC purpose is fundamental to the services and activities we provide, and is a testament to the quality of the talented leaders we have at every level within the firm. Teamwork, loyalty, adaptability are all qualities valued in the PwC professional; they are also ingrained in those who have served in the military. This is one of the reasons why veterans and active service members are a good fit for our culture.

    PwC is committed to the veteran and military communities. PwC has received the Seven Seals Award and the Above and Beyond Award from the Employer Support of the Guard & Reserve (ESGR), and we've been recognized as one of the Top 100 Military Friendly Employers since 2011 by G.I. Jobs Magazine. PwC is also proud to be a corporate member in the Military Spouse Employment Partnership and has been recognized in the Top 50 Military Spouse Friendly Employers by GI Jobs since 2014.

    To learn more, click here.


    Reminder to VOTE to help a classroom in your city! PwC gives back through DonorsChoose.org

    PwC is focused on youth education, especially in the areas of financial literacy and STEM.  That's why we're donating $100k to classrooms in need through DonorsChoose.org this fall.

    Founded in 2000, DonorsChoose.org makes it easy for anyone to help a classroom in need.  At this nonprofit website, teachers at half of all the public schools in America have created project requests, and more than a million people have donated $332 million to projects that inspire them. All told, 14 million students—most from low-income communities, and many in disaster-stricken areas—have received books, art supplies, field trips, technology, and other resources that they need to learn.  Visit DonorsChoose.org to learn more.

    How will PwC decide what projects to fund with this $100K?  By asking people to vote for their favorite city and the type of project!  Our voters select their favorite city where a PwC office is located and choose which type of classroom project to fund between Financial Literacy, Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).  The location with the most votes will have $30k donated to classrooms around their city. The location with the 2nd most votes will have $20k donated to classrooms in their city and 5 runner up cities will have $10k donated to classrooms.

    We need your help to encourage students to vote. Voting closes at the end of this month.


    Shaping our Future: An insight into our 2015 Global Annual Review:

    The 2015 Global Annual Review highlights our performance and our commitment to our people, clients and the communities in which we operate. It looks at our FY15 and addresses key issues facing our stakeholders in the year ahead. Our network leaders also highlight four megatrend collisions that they believe will have major business consequences. Chapters include an interview with our Chairman Dennis Nally, key network policies and standards, our work in global communities and more. To download a copy to read, click here. For a quick, 60 second overview, click here.


    The Quarter Close - Q3 2015

    The Q3 edition of The Quarter Close brings you the latest accounting, regulatory and governance topics. This quarter discusses new challenges for cloud computing, the way scammers’ are reaching surprisingly high rates of success, tips for attacking new global tax rules, the FASB’s proposal to simplify debt classification, regulatory proposals aimed at auditor oversight and transparency, and more. To read more, click here.


    Regulatory and Standard-Setting Developments

    This publication provides a summary of activities of the PCAOB, SEC, and FASB, as well as related international developments that may be of interest to audit committees and companies. Included inside, the FASB section highlights new proposed and final amendments to the revenue standard, an update from the SEC, developments at the PCAOB, an update on inspections in China and personnel change, as well as the first country to make Secretarial audits mandatory.

    To read more, click here.


    Emerging Trends in Real Estate: The outlook for 2016

    Our forecast gives a heads-up on where to invest, which sectors and markets offer the best prospects, and trends in the capital markets that will affect real estate.

    Now in its 37th year, Emerging Trends in Real Estate® is one of the oldest, most highly regarded annual industry outlook for the real estate and land use industry. It includes interviews and survey responses from hundreds of leading real estate experts, including investors, developers, property company representatives, lenders, brokers and consultants.


    Update on IFRS 15: Revenue recognition

    PwC's Paul Feetham provides an update on the new revenue standard and the impact of the one year deferral. Watch the video here.


    On Demand Library of CPE Eligible Webcasts

    We've taken the following live PwC webcasts and provided them as on-demand CPE-eligible programs. For additional on-demand offerings, visit PwC Open University.

    To learn more, click here.


    365 App - Download Today

    365 is PwC’s award-winning app that brings the best of our people, ideas and insights right to your fingertips, every day. So what are the big ideas you need to know to stay on top of business news and research? This app, available for the iPad and iPhone, gives users customized access to PwC’s Center for Board Governance analyses and insights as well as subject matter experts from across all of the firm’s practices and industry sectors. Download the 365 App.


    PwC’s Annual Corporate Directors Survey

    Governing for the long term: how boards are adapting to change and reorienting their governance approach. What’s causing change in the boardroom? New technologies, activist investors, increased competition for talent, investor calls for direct dialogue, and changing risks related to strategic goals. How do boards stay oriented towards long-term shareholder value while balancing shareholder focus on short-term performance? Download the full report, chart pack, and segment reports here.


    Subscribe to Boardroom Direct

    Given the significant changes in regulations and corporate governance, continuing education programs are important components of board or audit committee effectiveness. These programs can help directors further understand their roles and develop the technical knowledge needed to discharge their responsibilities effectively.

    PwC offers a number of educational programs and participates in a number of third-party events for boards and audit committee members. Download the Director Education brochure and for a listing of events, click here.

    Also, to sign up for Boardroom Direct today, click here.


    We hope you find this information useful. If we can be of assistance to you, please contact us at pwc.university.relations@us.pwc.com.

    Best Regards,

    Julie Peters
    US University Relations Leader

  • Fall 2015

    Dear Educator:

    Welcome back to campus! Summer has officially come to an end and Fall is now in full motion. As the school year gets off to a new start, we would like to draw your attention to many exciting things happening in and around the firm.

    This month, we highlight several recent recognition announcements including our Universum ranking as the number one employer of choice globally and our ranking as the number one professional services network of firms globally and the number one accounting firm by Vault. We were also recognized as a winner for Glassdoor’s Candidates’ Choice Awards and we are included once again in Working Mother Media’s “100 Best Companies” Top 10 List.

    PwC is proud to announce our Student Loan Pay-down Benefit Program to address the societal issue of student loan debt and to ease the financial burden on eligible PwC staff.

    We are pleased to share our extended commitment to our Earn Your Future financial literacy program. We also want to point your attention to our DonorsChoose program and get your help to encourage students vote!

    PwC diversity initiatives are working to foster relations across racial and gender boundaries. Earlier this year, PwC continued to embrace the diversity of our people and help them work across differences by joining UN Women’s HeForShe movement and by hosting a live PwC Talks: Being color brave with Mellody Hobson webcast. You may also find of interest our acclaimed Parental Leave policy and our focus on Paternity Leave.

    Want to know what is happening within the firm? We are making a switch to Google. Learn more about our collaboration and why we chose Google.

    Finally, interested in our Technology Forecast or the Emerging Technology blog? Looking for a Tax or Assurance Update? Take a look at our webcast “Tax Function of the Future”. Or, see how we are “Simplifying the Audit through Innovation”.


    Universum 2015

    240,000 students around the world have ranked PwC the number one professional services network of firms globally, and the second most attractive employer for business students, after Google, in the Universum 'World's Most Attractive Employer' annual ranking for 2015.

    PwC is a number one employer of choice. The World’s Most Attractive Employer ranking is compiled from Universum’s national student surveys from the world’s twelve largest economies. Students share information about employers they perceive as being ideal, and what they are looking for in their future careers. We encourage you to check out the rankings here.


    PwC recognized as Glassdoor Candidates’ Choice Awards Winner

    PwC was recognized as a winner of Glassdoor's inaugural Candidates’ Choice Awards, recognizing employers with the best interview experience, according to those who know it best – the job candidates.

    Based solely on feedback shared by job candidates on Glassdoor over the past year, PwC was rated highest in our industry and recognized alongside winners in 45 other industries.

    Click here to see the ranking.


    Did you know we are ranked #1 for tax accounting by Vault.com?

    In addition to being ranked #1 for tax accounting, our firm was ranked the #1 Best Accounting firm and #1 in Overall Prestige by Vault for 2016!  We also took first place for diversity, green initiatives, and hiring processes, and scored in the top three for benefits, firm leadership, training, mobility, business outlook and philanthropy. To top it off, our survey results improved across the board in every category.  To see the survey results, click here.


    Mom knows best:

    PwC is proud to make Working Mother Media’s 2015 “100 Best Companies” Top 10 list once again. Los Angeles Assurance Partner Tracee Jones is among the firm’s many moms who successfully juggle career and family. Click here to learn more.


    PwC Announces Student Loan Pay-Down Benefit Program:

    The Student Loan Paydown (SLP) Benefit is designed to address the societal issue of student loan debt and ease the financial burden on eligible PwC staff.

    Under the benefit, eligible associates and senior associates will each receive $1,200 a year towards their student loans for up to six years. This benefit has the potential to reduce their student loan principal and interest obligation by as much as $10,000, and shorten their loan payoff period by up to three years.

    Student loan debt is an issue at the heart of PwC’s Purpose: to build trust in society and solve important problems. It also helps address a challenge experienced disproportionately by those in certain racial and economic groups, and aligns with our Corporate Responsibility position as a leader around financial literacy. PwC is among the first in the industry to offer this type of benefit.

    We are pleased to add this program to the wide range of benefits we offer as part of our Total Rewards package. We hope that every PwC staff member will find valuable programs that are beneficial to them personally and that all will appreciate the significance of our Firm getting actively involved in addressing this important societal issue.

    To hear from our Chairman and Senior Partner, Bob Moritz, on this topic, we encourage you to read his blog. Click here to view our Press Release on the program.


    PwC and Financial Literacy

    In 2012, PwC launched Earn Your Future (EYF), a five-year, $160 million commitment focused on helping students develop critical financial skills and providing educators with the resources and training to teach those skills. In April 2015, PwC extended EYF by $30 million, increasing its overall commitment to $190 million. This added investment supports new research, expanded professional development opportunities for educators and gives greater reach to organizations that are revolutionizing the field of financial education. We aim to play a transformative role by reaching more than 2.5 million students and educators through these efforts. To learn more about PwC's commitment to financial literacy, visit pwc.com/eyf.


    VOTE to help a classroom in your city! PwC gives back through DonorsChoose.org

    PwC is focused on youth education, especially in the areas of financial literacy and STEM. That's why we're donating $100k to classrooms in need through DonorsChoose.org this fall.

    Founded in 2000, DonorsChoose.org makes it easy for anyone to help a classroom in need. At this nonprofit website, teachers at half of all the public schools in America have created project requests, and more than a million people have donated $332 million to projects that inspire them. All told, 14 million students—most from low-income communities, and many in disaster-stricken areas—have received books, art supplies, field trips, technology, and other resources that they need to learn. Visit DonorsChoose.org to learn more.

    How will PwC decide what projects to fund with this $100K? By asking people to vote for their favorite city and the type of project! Our voters select their favorite city where a PwC office is located and choose which type of classroom project to fund between Financial Literacy, Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). The location with the most votes will have $30k donated to classrooms around their city. The location with the 2nd most votes will have $20k donated to classrooms in their city and 5 runner up cities will have $10k donated to classrooms.

    We encourage you and your students to vote here once a day until October 30th!


    PwC Talks: Being color brave

    Over the summer, PwC US Chairman Bob Moritz and Mellody Hobson, President of Ariel Investments, talked candidly about the importance of being color brave – recognizing differences in race rather than being color blind - and why speaking more openly about race is better for us personally, professionally and for society as a whole. Check out the PwC Talks here.


    PwC's Commitment to HeForShe

    Through our partnership with the United Nations’ HeForShe initiative, we are accelerating global momentum toward gender equity in the workplace. HeForShe’s mission is to engage men as agents of change for gender equality. We also believe this is an important time to bring our men into the conversation. All of us have a role in supporting global gender equity in the workplace. The more men and women play an active role in each other’s success, the more we can all realize our full potential. And when everyone is at their full potential, we all benefit, both as individuals and as an organization.

    We've committed to taking a number of actions to support HeForShe. We encourage you and your students to be HeforShe and register today!


    Oh, baby! Parental leave policy is a hit with PwC’s new parents

    Supporting families improves loyalty and performance which are essential in an environment where our success depends entirely on our people. PwC believes you can be fully committed to your family while having a rewarding career.

    PwC’s Parental Leave Policy provides six consecutive weeks of paid leave or three weeks of intermittent paid leave to all new parents, whether they be fathers or mothers of biological, adopted or foster children. Parents of new multiples are entitled to an additional two weeks.

    Our Parental Leave Policy has seen public acclaim. CBS This Morning featured our program. The Washington Post applauded our program for recognizing the diversity within our employees’ family structures. Fatherly.com ranked PwC the #10 most supportive company of new fathers.


    PwC Going Google

    The rapid pace of innovation in technology has fundamentally changed how and where work gets done, driving organizations to transform their businesses for the future. Together, PwC and Google can help that transformation happen. Last year we announced our plans to collaborate with Google and begin utilizing Google for Work products for our internal operations. This month, we moved forward with our transition to use Google Mail and Calendar functions. Learn more here. Why PwC and Google? Read more from Bob Moritz here.


    Technology Forecast

    PwC’s Technology Forecast explores emerging technologies and IT trends to help business and information technology executives anticipate rapidly developing technologies and develop strategies to create opportunities as the technologies mature.

    Published by PwC’s Center for Technology and Innovation (CTI), the Technology Forecast is forward looking – focused on emerging technologies and trends that PwC believes hold significant potential in the near future. Click here to subscribe to the Technology forecast or to view the Emerging Technology blog.


    Simplifying the audit through innovation: People, approach, technology

    Innovation is imperative to managing the complexities of a business and being successful in any given environment. At PwC we’re doing just that—investing in leading-edge technology, significant process improvements, and leadership and performance development for our people. We are ushering in a new way of auditing that’s delivering high quality and unique insights to our clients. Read more here. To view videos on simplifying the audit through innovation and technology in the audit, click here.


    Tax Function of the Future: Global transparency and risk management

    Tax leaders need to ensure that the company’s tax department is positioned to meet tomorrow’s global tax reporting and planning landscape. In particular, the requirements to provide additional information to tax authorities and the focus by the media, investors, and the public on company tax information are resulting in increased tax transparency and putting company tax matters in the spotlight like never before.

    Companies will need to prepare their tax function to address the requirements and respond to the risks associated with this evolving public and regulatory landscape. These changes have created an opportunity to rethink the tax function and to make strategic and operational changes to position the tax department to better serve the business in the longer term.

    Access the archived “Global transparency and risk management” webcast and others here.


    We hope you find this information useful. If we can be of assistance to you, please contact us at pwc.university.relations@us.pwc.com.

    Best Regards,

    Julie Peters
    US University Relations Leader

  • March 2015

    Dear Educator:

    We hope you are all beginning to enjoy the signs of spring!

    We are pleased to highlight our recognition by FORTUNE magazine as well our focus on Women’s issues and diversity this month with our Aspire to Lead event and HeforShe relationship, our US Chairman’s recent LinkedIn post on advancing diversity, and our publication on The female millennial: A new era of talent. We also spotlight the wealth of information available in our CEO Survey and the resources for investors offered through PwC’s Investor Resource Center. In addition, we have included the Strategy+business magazine, insights on Tax technology strategy, the evolution of the Chief Data Officer and access to PwC Webcasts.


    PwC honored for 11th consecutive year; ranks #74 on FORTUNE's '100 Best Companies to Work For' list

    We are very pleased to once again be part of FORTUNE magazine's highly selective list of the "100 Best Companies to Work For." This year, we were ranked at #74 as we celebrate our 11th consecutive year on the list. The full list of the top 100 was posted this month on FORTUNE’s website.


    Aspire to Lead: The PwC women’s leadership series

    What would you do if you were not afraid? And if you are afraid, how can you build the confidence to lead?

    On February 27, thousands of viewers from around the world watched the latest installment of our global Aspire to Lead webcast series to get answers to these questions and more. Building off of last year’s inaugural Aspire to Lead event featuring Facebook COO and Lean In author Sheryl Sandberg, the 2015 Aspire to Lead event included Google UK leader Eileen Naughton and “The Confidence Code” authors Katty Kay and Claire Shipman in a panel discussion hosted by US and Global Talent Leader Mike Fenlon.

    During the one-hour webcast, Eileen, Katty and Claire shared their personal experiences on building confidence, empowering women and developing leadership skills. Throughout the session, each talked about how they learned by taking risks and making mistakes. Mike discussed the important role that men play in gender equality, as well as PwC’s relationship with the UN’s HeforShe IMPACT 10X10X10 initiative.

    We encourage you and your students to access the video replay at pwc.to/aspireus.


    US Chairman and Senior Partner, Bob Moritz on White men: Four things you can do to advance diversity

    Earlier this month, Bob shared his ideas on LinkedIn regarding how white men can play a role in creating inclusion.


    The female millennial: A new era of talent

    Organisations the world over are currently facing the challenges that come with vast numbers of millennial talent entering and reshaping the workforce. In parallel, they are also challenged with a lack of women in leadership positions, and fast becoming concerned with the financial and competitive toll this could mean for their organisations. Organisations looking to address the gender leadership gap must drive parallel efforts that tackle enhanced leadership diversity in conjunction with systemic change efforts targeting their workforce from day one. But to get this right, first, organisations must better understand how to attract, develop, engage and retain female millennial talent.


    A closer look at the 2015 US CEO Survey: Leading in extraordinary times

    PwC’s US CEO Survey contains valuable insights from US business leaders. Our 365 app now features collections of the latest survey content. Open it up today and find:

    Core US report: US CEOs are leading in extraordinary times: Learn how US CEOs positioning for a new era...where digital technology adoption rates are surging, and where growth in their important markets balances more evenly between developed and emerging economies.

    10 business issues to know: Top findings reports: What changes do CEOs forecast in areas like talent, data, and cybersecurity? We break down the top findings from our survey into ten topics that matter most for businesses.

    Industry focus: Our industry specialists present you with sector insights into the results of the survey. We invite you to explore the analysis by industry to learn about the new - but challenging - opportunities for growth.

    Video collection: What’s on the minds of US business leaders? Our media library of 29 video clips shows how leaders like Michael Dell and eBay’s John Donahoe are taking advantage of tech and other opportunities for the future.


    PwC’s Investor Resource Institute

    Through the Investor Resource Institute, PwC strives to provide insights to, and receive insights from, the investment community. We offer our views on accounting, auditing, corporate reporting, data security, and a myriad of other issues; as well as transparency about what we do that may be of interest to investors. We host events, both large and small, that are designed to strengthen the bridge not only between PwC and the investment community, but also between investors and others - such as corporate boards and audit committees.

    PwC insights for investors: PwC provides Thought Leadership on a wide range of issues that are of interest to the investment community, including industry perspectives, reporting, accounting, auditing, corporate governance and sustainability.


    Strategy+business magazine

    PwC and Strategy& (formerly Booz & Company) have come together to form a new kind of consulting business. Strategy+business magazine is published quarterly featuring our extensive coverage of management thinking, business profiles, and strategic analysis, written by noted thought leaders, senior executives and seasoned practitioners. Click here to access the magazine and subscribe to receive the newsletter.


    How do companies benefit from a tax technology strategy?

    Today, tax departments around the globe face pressure to stay compliant and manage risk with limited resources, leaving little time to focus on strategic planning. Successful companies are reevaluating the way they do business and looking for efficient technology solutions to reduce cost and help transform their tax function into a modern, more efficient business enabler. PwC technologies automate processes and facilitate communication so tax departments can focus on what matters: adding value and growing their business.


    Great expectations: the evolution of the chief data officer

    A new role is gaining ground in the C-suite: the chief data officer (CDO). Charged with the enterprise-wide governance and utilization of information as an asset, this emerging leader strives to harness data, manage risk, and create revenue-generating opportunities.

    With the number of executives holding the CDO title on the rise, we’ll explore how the role is evolving, what factors are impeding its success, and how organizations can extract the most from its potential.


    PwC webcast opportunities

    PwC's webcasts offer a wide range of topics and are designed to keep you informed about emerging issues and current developments impacting your business. Live webcasts typically offer continuing professional education (CPE) credits, and we post archived versions for those who can’t make the live event.

    PwC's quarterly current accounting and technical developments webcast series: Keep informed on hot topics and recent activities of various regulatory bodies including the Financial Accounting Standards Board and the Securities & Exchange Commission.

    PwC’s US Tax services webcasts: Learn about relevant tax accounting matters including updates on recent developments from standard setters and discussions of reporting considerations.


    We hope this information is helpful. Please contact us pwc.university.relations@us.pwc.com if we can be of assistance to you.

    Best Regards,

    Julie Peters
    US University Relations Leader

  • February 2015

    Dear Educator:

    We know it has been a tough winter for many of your campuses. As February winds down, we hope to soon see signs of Spring.

    In our newsletter this month, we highlight our 2nd annual Aspire to Lead event and our recently released paper, Data driven: What students need to succeed in a rapidly changing business world. We also celebrate 81 years leading the Oscars® balloting process. In addition, we’ve included the following publications: our Global State of Information Security Survey 2015, Key considerations for board and audit committee members and 2014 Year-End State Tax Review and a Look Ahead to 2015 and Beyond.


    Aspire to Lead: The PwC women’s leadership series

    On February 27, you can join the dialogue on women in leadership by participating in PwC’s second Aspire to Lead series global forum. The event’s webcast, broadcast live from London, 12:30pm ET / 9:30am PT, focuses on the theme: “The Confidence to Lead.” PwC Leaders, Google UK Leader Eileen Naughton, and The Confidence Code authors Katty Kay and Claire Shipman will share their perspectives on building confidence as a leader. The webcast will also explore our partnership with HeForShe and engage men in the movement. The event will conclude with a Q&A session.

    We hope that you will join us and please encourage your students to do so as well! Register for the live webcast (or access the video replay) at pwc.to/aspireus.


    Data driven: What students need to succeed in a rapidly changing business world

    Earlier this month, we released a provocative thought leadership piece, “Data Driven: What students need to succeed in a rapidly changing business world.” The paper includes insights from the 18th Annual Global CEO Survey and shows how advances in technology and data analytics are changing how we work and deliver quality to our clients. We also recommend accounting curriculum changes to help students acquire data analytics skills and develop other relevant skills such as business acumen, global acumen, leadership and relationship building. We look forward to your feedback and the opportunity to dialogue with you about these important issues as we work together to shape the future of our profession.


    PwC preserving the secrecy of Oscars® winners

    This month PwC celebrates 81 years of leading the Oscars® balloting process on behalf of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (the Academy). Click here for photos and history of PwC balloters over the years and view the press release regarding the current balloting leaders.


    Global State of Information Security Survey 2015

    Today, most organisations realise that cybersecurity has become a persistent, all-encompassing business risk. But as the frequency and costs of security incidents continue to rise, our survey found that many organisations have not updated critical information security processes, technologies, and employee training needs.

    In some cases, it appears that information security programmes have weakened due to inadequate investments in information security. At the same time, the financial costs of investigating and mitigating incidents grow year over year.

    Find out what basic security safeguards businesses can implement to manage today’s elevated threats.


    Key considerations for board and audit committee members

    A fresh and critical look at the boardroom agenda is crucial as companies are confronted with a changing business landscape, technological advances, and significant risks such as cybersecurity. Our latest edition of Key considerations for board and audit committee members addresses topics for today’s changing boardroom agenda.


    2014 Year-End State Tax Review and a Look Ahead to 2015 and Beyond

    We are pleased to share PwC's 2014 Year-End State Tax Review and a Look Ahead to 2015 and Beyond—a brief, interactive summary and collection of Insights focused on the key developments, issues and trends across the state and local tax landscape in 2014 and what we may expect for 2015 and beyond.


    Use 365™ to access PwC Thought Leadership!

    If you have not yet downloaded 365™, we encourage you to take a few minutes to do so. The app can be customized by topics, industries and your favorite authors. You can also save and share any ideas that interest you. Download the app for your iPad or iPhone today!


    Please contact us pwc.university.relations@us.pwc.com if we can be of assistance to you. Best wishes for the New Year!

    Best Regards,

    Julie Peters
    US University Relations Leader

  • January 2015

    Dear Educator:

    Happy New Year and welcome back to campus! We hope you had the opportunity to relax and recharge over the winter break.

    In our newsletter this month, we feature our 18th Annual CEO Survey. We also highlight the recently published book, The Self-made Billionaire Effect, authored by PwC leaders, John Sviokla and Mitch Cohen. We hope you will join our global webcast on February 27th for Aspire to Lead: The PwC women’s leadership series. We are also pleased to include Three surprising digital trends for 2015, the 2015 Tax Policy Outlook, our Annual Corporate Director Survey, our quarterly current accounting and reporting development webcasts and The quarter close, and finally our 365™ Thought Leadership App.


    18th Annual Global CEO Survey: The marketplace without boundaries

    What do 1,300 CEOs worldwide say about today’s business challenges and opportunities? Find out in our 18th Annual Global CEO Survey.

    Download the US Report to learn what US CEOs are doing to be fit today and relevant tomorrow. To hear how US CEOS are positioning to thrive while much about their industries and the world change, watch our CEO Videos.


    The Self-Made Billionaire Effect

    PwC's Head of Global Leadership, John Sviokla and Vice Chairman, Mitch Cohen just published a book that is getting a lot of acclaim. The first systematic study of self-made billionaires, The Self-Made Billionaire Effect is based on in-depth analysis of 120 self-made billionaires and interviews with 16 of them, including Mark Cuban, Steve Case, and T. Boone Pickens. The book reveals the five habits of mind that enable these extreme entrepreneurs to create massive value.

    Watch the replay of the "Meet the Authors" webinar here.

    Want to learn more? Be sure to visit www.pwc.com/billionaire, where you'll find articles, video clips, and more.


    We are pleased to invite you to a very special global webcast that will broadcast live from London, Friday, February 27, 12:30pm ET. The event is part of “Aspire to Lead: The PwC women’s leadership series,” which includes programs and workshops hosted by PwC to help college students build leadership skills.

    PwC leaders, Google UK Leader Eileen Naughton, and authors of The Confidence Code, Katty Kay and Claire Shipman, will be part of a discussion that focuses on the theme: “The Confidence to Lead.” The webcast will provide tips on building confidence as a leader and explore the role of men as supporters and drivers of change. The event will conclude with a Q&A session, and a video replay will be available immediately after the webcast on pwc.to/aspireus. We hope that you will join us and please encourage your students to do so as well!


    Three surprising digital bets for 2015

    Which technologies are companies investing in this year? Business and IT leaders in our 2015 Digital IQ Survey preview say cybersecurity (69%), private cloud (61%), and data mining and analysis (54%). These top-three bets are important technologies that many businesses need—but they may not distinguish companies from the competition.

    This trio of picks has extraordinary potential, despite being off the radar screen of many businesses. In fact, wearables (3%) and NoSQL databases (6%) placed at the very bottom of the priority list for survey respondents, ranking last in investment and perceived value among a field of 24 technologies. While more companies are investing in sensors for collecting business information (23%), they’re still underrated in our book and grossly underinvested in by several sectors. Click here to see how these three digital technologies matter, who’s taking the lead in 2015, and how they just might help companies become a disruptor.


    PwC 2015 Tax Policy Outlook: Opportunities and challenges ahead

    The key question for US tax policymakers is whether 2015 will be marked by compromise or gridlock. President Obama and Republican Congressional leaders have identified tax reform as a priority issue on which agreement could be possible. At the same time, differences between the two political parties over many issues will pose challenges for the enactment of significant legislation.

    In this publication, PwC's Washington National Tax Services (WNTS) offers a preview of the key tax policy issues facing the Obama Administration and Congress, including the outlook for tax reform, global tax scrutiny, changes at the IRS, healthcare, international trade, state tax legislation, and other tax policy matters of importance to today's business leaders.


    PwC’s 2014 Annual Corporate Director’s Survey: Trends shaping governance and the board of the future

    Disruptions abound in today’s business world. Some stakeholders want boards to become more diverse, and increasingly vocal shareholders want to communicate differently with public company directors and managements. Executive compensation remains a hot topic of debate, and boards are learning to deal with activist shareholders. Technology is drastically altering the world of business, presenting vast new opportunities and increasingly pronounced risks.

    Things are changing in the corporate governance world. New trends are starting to emerge and take hold. They’re influencing perspectives and practices in the boardroom. Learn what boards are doing in response to the trends.


    Quarterly current accounting and reporting developments webcast series

    PwC's quarterly current accounting and reporting developments webcast series keeps you informed on hot topics and recent activities of various regulatory bodies including the Financial Accounting Standards Board and the Securities & Exchange Commission.

    For more insight into each quarter’s accounting hot topics and regulatory updates please refer to the most recent edition of The quarter close. Not on our mailing list? Sign up for future webcasts. Interested in more than accounting? Find out about other PwC webcasts at PwC Open University.


    Use 365™ to access PwC Thought Leadership!

    If you have not yet downloaded 365™, we encourage you to take a few minutes to do so. The app can be customized by topics, industries and your favorite authors. You can also save and share any ideas that interest you. Download the app for your iPad or iPhone today!


    Please contact us pwc.university.relations@us.pwc.com if we can be of assistance to you. Best wishes for the New Year!

    Best Regards,

    Julie Peters
    US University Relations Leader

  • November 2014

    Dear Educator:

    During this season of Thanksgiving, we hope you will have the opportunity to relax and enjoy time with family and friends.

    Our newsletter this month begins with our recent announcement regarding our joint business relationship with Google. In addition, we highlight the commitment of the PwC Charitable Foundation, Inc. to provide $5 million in support of Veterans and our recognition as a Military Friendly Employer. We have included recent accolades from Vault and Consulting Magazine. We also share a video regarding the impact of Technological Breakthroughs as well as other resources including Consulting Case Studies, Tax Accounting Research and Insights and our fourth annual Audit Quality Report.


    Why PwC and Google?

    Our clients recognize the need to transform their organizations to thrive and maintain relevance in a rapidly changing world. That's why PwC is teaming with Google: our joint knowledge and capabilities will give those stakeholders unprecedented access to the vast experience and assets of both organizations. Read more about it in PwC US Chairman Bob Moritz's latest blog post: http://linkd.in/10F1swR


    The PwC Charitable Foundation, Inc. Commits $5 Million to Support Veterans; PwC US Named as a Top Military Friendly Employer®

    Earlier this month, the PwC Charitable Foundation, Inc. announced a $5 million donation for a series of grants to support US veterans and their families over the next five years. The grants will provide scholarships for education as well as support with the transition to the workforce. This announcement coincided with PwC US being named as a Top 100 Military Friendly Employer® for the fifth year in a row. For more information, click here to view the press release.


    2015 Vault Rankings released

    We are very excited to once again be rated in the top 25 for Best Overall Internship by Vault! We were also ranked #4 for Best Consulting Internship and #5 for Best Accounting Internship. To view the final results in all categories, click here.


    Consulting Magazine’s Best Firms to Work For, Women Leaders in Consulting Recognition

    In addition, PwC’s Jennifer Koehler was recognized as one of Consulting Magazine’s “Women Leaders in Consulting”. An Advisory partner with PwC, Koehler was recognized in the Future Leader award category for her outstanding contributions to the firm and her clients in the power and utilities industry. For more information, view the press release.


    Global megatrends: Technological breakthroughs by US Chairman and Senior Partner, Bob Moritz

    In today's changing world, there is a need to provide deeper and more relevant insight about an organization and their performance. By utilizing advanced data and analytics we are able to find ways to better serve our clients. To find out more on what PwC is saying about Technology and Business, click here to view our video.


    Consulting case studies: Building value with our clients

    Search by business topic, industry or company function to find recent examples of how we work with our clients to help them navigate complex business issues and achieve high performance.


    Tax Accounting Research and Insights

    Stay current and connected. To access our Tax Accounting Services resources, including publications, resources and upcoming webcasts, click here and then add the page to your favorites!


    Our focus on audit quality

    PwC's fourth annual audit quality report continues our journey to increase transparency to our stakeholders about how we promote sustained audit quality. Similar to last year, the 2014 report includes detailed discussions about our culture and values, our skills, our infrastructure, our execution and our role in society. It also increases the number of Transparency Data Points, which are measures that provide greater insight into our audit practice. To review the report, click here.


    We hope you find this information useful. Please contact us pwc.university.relations@us.pwc.com if we can be of assistance to you.

    Best Regards,

    Julie Peters
    US University Relations Leader

  • October 2014

    Dear Educator:

    With the academic year well underway and campus recruiting activities in full swing, our recruiters have enjoyed seeing many of you on campus over the past few weeks.

    This month we are pleased to highlight our US Chairman, Bob Moritz, in his recent interview with Harvard Business Review. In addition, we have included our Global Annual Review 2014 and Digital IQ: 2014 10 Technology Trends for Business. Finally, we have highlighted our US Tax Services Webcasts site, the 2014 Third quarter close, our Center for Board Governance site highlighting Key Boardroom Issues, and our Tax Accounting Services TAS to go App.


    PwC US Chairman, Bob Moritz, on keeping millenials connected

    By 2016, 80% of PwC's workforce globally will comprise Millennials (those born between 1980 and 1995). To assist the firm in better understanding the needs of its workforce, PwC has conducted extensive research on millennials and employee engagement through publications including PwC's NextGen: A global generational study; Next Generation Diversity: Developing tomorrow's female leaders and The keys to corporate responsibility employee engagement.

    Reflecting on findings from the firm's research, PwC's US Chairman and Senior Partner Bob Moritz shared insight with Harvard Business Review.


    Anticipating problems, finding solutions: Global Annual Review 2014

    In this Global Annual Review, we look at issues that impact our stakeholders around the world, and we examine our performance, our key network policies and standards, and our work in the global community during FY 2014.

    2014 10 Technology Trends for Business

    As companies strive to bolster competitive advantage in a complex global environment, savvy business leaders are leveraging technology to accomplish their goals. PwC’s 2014 10 Technology Trends for Business highlights 10 technology trends that are top of mind among executives as they head into the New Year. Ranked by current investment levels, the findings provide a sneak peek into some of PwC’s 6th Annual Digital IQ Survey findings. For a full report on our 6th Annual Digital IQ Survey findings and technology trends, visit www.pwc.com/us/digitaliq.


    US Tax Services webcasts

    We encourage you to visit this site frequently to identify upcoming webcasts of interest or to view archives of previous webcasts. Click on the prompt on this page to subscribe to tax publications, webcasts and news alerts.

    Affordable Care Act: what do employers need to know about new information reporting requirements?

    October 29, 2014 | 1:00pm - 2:00pm EDT

    The IRS recently released forms and instructions employers will use to comply with the information reporting requirements of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). All large employers will have reporting obligations after January 1, 2015 as a result. Employers need to take action now to assess readiness.

    We'll help you understand employer reporting obligations, including:

    • identifying the data needed to be collected monthly
    • determining the impact of corporate structuring on reporting requirements
    • analyzing whether full-time employees are offered affordable healthcare coverage providing minimum value.

    Talking Tax executive webcast series

    October 28, 2014 | 11:00 am - 12:00 pm (EDT)

    In the 16th installment of the Talking Tax video webcast series, PwC panelists from the Industrial Products & Services practice will be discussing:

    • The latest insights regarding emerging tax legislative and policy matters: As we approach the 2014 mid-term elections, our panelists will discuss the potential for Republicans to gain control of the US Senate. In addition to analyzing the potential outcomes, our specialists will discuss the implications of a potential “flip” of the Senate on tax policy and future tax reform legislation.
    • 'Big data' – Opportunities and tax implications: Driven by in-the-moment decision making, 'big data' represents a way for companies to gain insights and intelligence for strengthening their businesses. Whether the focus is to enhance customer relationships, operations, products, or innovation, there are 'big data' implications on each function of the business. Our panel will discuss some of the operational considerations and their potential impact for tax.

    The quarter close: A look at this quarter’s financial reporting issue

    This edition updates you on recent FASB, SEC and other regulatory and corporate governance topics. Learn what's new now, and what to look for in the near future. We invite you to download our Q3 publication and view our new video perspectives.


    Center for Board Governance: Key boardroom issues

    Policymakers and regulators are focused on changes to corporate governance practices to enhance board transparency, increase director accountability, and give greater voice to shareholders over critical boardroom decisions. PwC shares its perspective on these and other important governance issues.


    Tax Accounting Services (TAS) to Go app

    We're pleased to share our recently launched application, TAS to Go. We're integrating technology with PwC's tax accounting knowledge and experience to help you navigate through the complexity of today's tax accounting issues. TAS to Go is designed to provide meaningful and real-time access to PwC's comprehensive Guide to Accounting for Income Taxes, tax accounting thought leadership and insights, as well as examples of relevant SEC comment letters. Downloading the app will allow you to both stay connected with tax accounting trends and use the content as a reference source when working through specific tax matters. Our TAS to Go app can be downloaded from the App store on your iOS and Android devices.


    We hope you find this information useful. Please contact us pwc.university.relations@us.pwc.com if we can be of assistance to you.

    Best Regards,

    Julie Peters
    US University Relations Leader

  • September 2014

    Dear Educator:

    Welcome back to campus! We hope the new academic year is off to a great start! Our campus recruiting teams are enjoying the chance to connect with many of you as momentum builds around our Fall campus recruiting activities.

    In this newsletter, we are pleased to share our Top 10 ranking once again by Working Mother’s magazine. We also highlight the recent webcast by Lean In to launch their Campus program, the launch of PwC Professional and our 365TM Thought Leadership App. In addition, we have featured our Global Data and Analytics Survey, The Quarter Close, the Worldwide Tax Summaries 2014/2015 and a Tax Case Study from our Challenge competition for use in the classroom


    Top 10 Working Mother's 100 Best Companies 2014

    We are very pleased to share that PwC is ranked in the Top 10 on Working Mother's 100 Best companies list for 2014-- marking the 20th time the firm has been recognized and the 11th time the firm has made the Top 10. As a Top 10 organization, PwC's gender initiatives are highlighted in the September issue of Working Mother magazine. Additionally, PwC Assurance Partner Lisa Heskett is profiled in the publication as an example of how our working mothers are driving change within the firm while raising a family.


    On September 18th, students around the world gathered to watch the Lean In Campus Kickoff with Sheryl Sandberg and our partner organization, LeanIn.Org, to engage in a discussion about the power of women in your generation and the ways in which you can support one another to achieve your ambitions. They shared their Lean In on Campus program, how to get involved, and answered questions. If you or your students were unable to participate in the webcast, we encourage you to view the archive at http://new.livestream.com/leanin/campuskickoff/archives


    The PwC Professional: Shape Tomorrow's World. Today.

    At PwC today, we're building the leaders who are building tomorrow. Leaders at all levels who are solving important problems and helping our clients succeed in an increasingly challenging global landscape. Our people drive client value and competitive advantage for our firm. And we strive to give them the tools they need to grow, fulfill their potential and experience PwC as a great place to work. One key way we do this? The PwC Professional.

    The PwC Professional is our new global career progression framework designed to enrich and accelerate the leadership development of our people at PwC, no matter what their role, title or geography. It is our guiding set of principles for attracting, retaining, developing and inspiring our people. It is the heart of what makes our people and our brand stand apart from the rest. With a real-time development mindset that emphasizes frequent informal feedback to maximize strengths and quickly close gaps, we drive continuous learning against the PwC Professional framework throughout the year. No matter how fast our world changes, the PwC Professional prepares us not only to stay ahead of it, but to help change it.


    Use 365TM to access PwC Thought Leadership!

    If you have not yet downloaded 365TM, we encourage you to take a few minutes to do so. The app can be customized by topics, industries and your favorite authors and is a great tool to give you access to current info. You can also save and share any ideas that interest you. Download the app for your iPad or iPhone.


    PwC's Global Data & Analytics Survey 2014: Big Decisions

    Businesses make thousands of decisions a day. Most are routine, designed in some way to improve profitability. But don't be deceived. Much has changed. The advance of data - the sheer amount of it, and analytics - an increasing facility in drawing insights from data, now underpin many of those operational decisions. In fact, a growing subset of those small but important decisions is automated, triggered by programs that respond in real-time without human direction.

    So with data-driven decisions making inroads across operations, what happens when the time comes for a business to shift course? These are the 'big decisions' that executives know from the onset will impact their organisations in big ways, and the moments that call into question not only what data is being used, but the effectiveness of the analysis. Was it the right data in the first place? Were the right insights drawn? And what role should an executive's instinct play?

    This is the juncture that interested us. Given the pace of change and the pressure on business to adapt to thrive, we wanted to learn how often executives make those big decisions and what inputs they value most. Our global survey of 1,135 executives looks at the most significant decisions about the strategic direction of the business and the impact of data and analytics. To view the key findings, click here.


    The quarter close: Second quarter 2014 and Video perspectives

    This edition updates you on recent FASB, SEC and other regulatory and corporate governance topics. Learn what's new now, and what to look for in the near future. We invite you to download our Q2 publication and view our new video perspectives


    Worldwide Tax Summaries: Corporate Taxes 2014/15

    Worldwide Tax Summaries (WWTS) is a key reference tool for all tax practitioners. It draws on the breadth and depth of expertise offered by PwC, and gives you quick access to information about the corporate and individual tax systems in over 150 countries worldwide, in an easily digestible format. WWTS is available in a number of formats to suit your needs. For more information, click here.


    Challenge - Tax Case for Classroom Use

    We are pleased to make materials from a past PwC Challenge Case Competition available for professors to use as they deem appropriate for their students. The materials are on our faculty website in PwC Faculty Resources. We hope this will be a valuable resource.


    We hope you find this information useful. Please contact us at pwc.university.relations@us.pwc.com if we can be of assistance to you.

    Best Regards,

    Julie Peters
    US University Relations Leader

  • April 2014

    Dear Educator:

    We have a few things to share with you as the school year winds down. Our Aspire to Lead live webcast will be held on April 24th with a replay available soon after. Earlier this month, we announced our successful combination with Booz & Co. and we were recognized by Vault.com. In addition, we are highlighting our 6th Annual Digital IQ Survey, our 365 App and our Flexibility2 Talent Network hiring initiative. Finally, we have included information on PwC Open University, a tax publication on the challenges faced by US inbound companies and the launch of our new Audit Committee Excellence Series.


    Aspire to Lead – live webcast April 24th
    www.pwc.com/aspire

    Please join us for our first-ever global forum focused on women and leadership to students around the world. The event is part of 'Aspire to Lead: The PwC Women’s Leadership Series', which will focus on how female students navigate the transition from campus to career.

    Our first event in the series will be a live webcast on April 24 featuring Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, who set up a non-profit organisation called LeanIn.Org, igniting a conversation about women and ambition. During the webcast, Sheryl will offer tips to graduates for finding the right job, negotiating your first salary and succeeding in your career. Sheryl will be joined by Terri McClements, PwC's US Human Capital leader, who will share her insights and experiences.

    Given your deep insight into the challenges facing college students during this critical time in their personal and professional lives, I hope you and your colleagues, as well as your students, will tune into this event. If you are not able to view the live webcast, the replay will be posted soon after. For details, www.pwc.com/aspire.


    Next Generation Diversity: Developing tomorrow’s female leaders

    PwC is pleased to announce that we successfully completed earlier this month our combination with Booz & Company. With the granting of all regulatory approvals for Booz & Company to join PwC, it is now officially part of the PwC Network. Marking this occasion, Booz & Company has changed its name to Strategy& (pronounced Strategy and). This new name, which will be used alongside the PwC name and brand, reflects the strength in strategy consulting that Booz & Company brings to the PwC Network and the benefits this deal will bring to all clients and stakeholders.

    Building on Booz & Company’s century of consulting excellence, Strategy& and PwC have a vision to create the world’s pre-eminent strategy-through-execution firm. We combine world-class strategic and operational thinking to help clients outperform their competitors. As the firm that both designs and executes winning strategies for the world’s leading institutions, we are a ‘Category of One’ and are set to change the consulting landscape forever.

    For more information, click here to view the press release.


    PwC Ranks No. 1 in Vault’s Latest Accounting Rankings

    Experienced professionals look to Vault.com’s company rankings, ratings and reviews to get the inside scoop on what it’s really like to work in an industry, company or profession. Each year, Vault surveys those who work in the accounting industry to rate firms on quality of life (such as culture, satisfaction, work/life balance, and compensation) as well as overall prestige. The result is their annual list of the Vault Accounting 50.

    Based on the input of 10,000 accounting professionals, PwC once again ranked #1 in the overall Accounting 50 this year as well as #1 in Prestige. Accountants at peer firms told Vault that PwC is “still the gold standard,” “the firm to beat,” “a good firm for large clients,” “highly thought of,” “top notch,” and “the best of the Big 4.” This year, for the first time, Vault asked accountants to rate firms in three practice areas: tax accounting, forensic accounting, and audit and assurance. PwC ranked No. 1 in all three. Learn more about our rankings at vault.com.


    PwC’s 6th Annual Digital IQ Survey

    Nearly 1,500 business and IT executives from 36 countries and across a range of industries participated in this year’s Digital IQ Survey. Today, all roads lead to digital. From business strategy to execution, digital technology has become the foundation for everything we do. Nearly every organization lays claim to being a digital enterprise, but only 20% of respondents in this year’s Digital IQ Survey rated their companies as having ‘excellent’ Digital IQ. To review or download the report, click here.


    Use 365™ to access PwC Thought Leadership!

    If you have not yet downloaded 365™, we encourage you to take a few minutes to do so. The app can be customized by topics, industries and your favorite authors and is a great tool to give you access to current info over the summer. You can also save and share any ideas that interest you. Download the app for your iPad or iPhone.


    PwC's Flexibility² Talent Network™

    As the market and the workforce changes, so are we. PwC is continuing to develop a contingent workforce base to better meet the needs of our changing business. In addition to our traditional employees who work for us year-round, PwC has formed a network of high-quality, talented professionals who may work for us for definitive periods of time throughout the year. We call this group PwC's Flexibility2 Talent Network. Flexibility means different things to different people. For this group of professionals, it means being a part of a global network of firms, with access to rich and varied opportunities, top talent and professionals for part of the year, while having the time and income for other endeavors. Our Flexbility2 Talent Network is just one more way that the firm is capitalizing on the diversity of talent in the market while providing opportunities for qualified individuals who want to work for us - but not year round. If you know of any alumni from your program who might be interested in the opportunity to work for PwC in this way, we encourage you to share this information. To learn more, visit http://www.pwc.com/ftn


    PwC Open University

    PwC Open University is a first-of-its-kind continuing business education resource that provides executives, PwC alumni, faculty, students and the general public free and open access to a growing library of online courseware developed by PwC's award-winning training program.

    Building upon innovative steps taken by leading universities such as MIT and Yale to make their courseware freely available, PwC has pioneered free open corporate education for the public, sharing professional insights across multiple industries to enhance the public's understanding of complex business issues.

    Today, visitors have access to almost 250 courses to help develop their skills and earn CPE credit. This world-class library continues to expand based on current business issues and regulatory developments, further establishing PwC as a trendsetter in continuing business education.

    To access the library of courses, please visit www.pwc.com/openuniversity.


    The unique challenges facing US inbound companies

    It's not news that today’s corporate tax function faces more and more challenges. The constant demand to increase productivity is virtually a cliché, and the ever-escalating regulatory burden coupled with tight budgets, unprecedented demands for information from taxing jurisdictions, and the high threshold to consistently produce timely and accurate tax compliance and financial accounting all contribute to a difficult operational environment for tax departments around the world. Overlay this with the increased scrutiny on the tax affairs of multinational businesses and it is clear that the demands have never been greater, and continue to grow.

    In their quest to overcome these hurdles, tax departments often face internal barriers as well. Access to quality data, heavy reliance on complex spreadsheets, inefficient data collection processes, and sometimes even less than ideal collaboration with other parts of the business all contribute to today's challenging landscape for tax executives.

    So how can tax departments navigate these challenges and move forward? Click here to view or download the publication.


    PwC’s Audit Committee Excellence Series – Assessing the company’s forward-looking guidance practices and the potential risks of consensus estimates

    How does an audit committee “raise the bar” on its performance? The PwC Center for Board Governance is publishing the Audit Committee Excellence Series (ACES) to help address this question. The series provides practical and actionable insights, perspectives and ideas to help audit committees maximize committee performance.

    To read the inaugural edition, click here.


    We hope you find this information useful. Please contact us at pwc.university.relations@us.pwc.com if we can be of assistance to you.

    We hope you have a great summer and we look forward to seeing many of you at the AAA Annual Meeting in Atlanta.

    Best Regards,

    Julie Peters
    US University Relations Leader

  • March 2014

    Dear Educator:

    After the winter we have all endured, we hope that you are beginning to enjoy the signs of Spring! This month, we spotlight a recent CNBC interview with Bob Moritz, our US Chairman and Senior Partner, and our upcoming Aspire to Lead event on April 24th. We also highlight our newly released Next Generation Diversity Study, our upgraded 365TM App, and upcoming Deals webcasts. In addition, check out a recent 10Minutes publication on data privacy, the 2014 Tax Legislative outlook publication and the 2014 Q1 Quarter Close.


    Bob Moritz’s interview with the CNBC Squawk Box

    CEOs are gaining confidence about their ability to grow in the current market conditions. Bob Moritz, PwC U.S. Chairman and Senior partner, discusses findings from PwC’s 17th Annual Global CEO Survey in an interview with CNBC Squawk Box.

    Watch the CNBC Squawk Box interview


    Aspire to Lead, April 24th, please join us and encourage your students to join . . . www.pwc.com/aspire

    We're delivering our first-ever global forum focused on women and leadership to students around the world. The event is part of 'Aspire to Lead: The PwC Women’s Leadership Series', which will focus on how female students navigate the transition from campus to career.

    Our first event in the series will be a live webcast on April 24 featuring Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, who set up a non-profit organisation called LeanIn.Org, igniting a conversation about women and ambition. During the webcast, Sheryl will offer tips to graduates for finding the right job, negotiating your first salary and succeeding in your career. Sheryl will be joined by Terri McClements, PwC's US Human Capital leader, who will share her insights and experiences. We hope you will join us and encourage students to join us as well. For details, visit www.pwc.com/aspire.


    Next Generation Diversity: Developing tomorrow’s female leaders

    On March 8 each year International Women’s Day is recognised across the globe to celebrate the economic, political and social achievements of women. Research and media are currently dominated with a focus on women in leadership and on corporate boards. However, to achieve sustainable change the public and private sectors must change the conversation: they must also focus on developing talented junior women now for future leadership roles. To do this organisations must first understand how best to attract, retain and develop the female millennial. This is why PwC are marking International Women’s Day this year with the theme Next Generation Diversity: Developing tomorrow’s female leaders. To support this broader conversation on gender diversity we are launching our Next Generation Diversity report.


    Use 365TM to access PwC Thought Leadership!

    If you have not yet downloaded 365TM, we encourage you to take a few minutes to do so. The app can be customized by topics, industries and your favorite authors. You can also save and share any ideas that interest you. A recent upgrade to 365 added a new feature that lets you receive automatic notifications about critical business issues – selected by PwC’s Thought Leadership editors based on relevance, timeliness and impact. Let 365 help you keep up to speed on business developments. Download the app for your iPad or iPhone.


    Deals webcast series and upcoming events

    In today’s deal environment, value creation is a focus more important than ever with greater disparity in the competition for deals and the pace at which deals are completed. To help you understand risk and identify opportunities to capture value at the deal table and beyond, we invite you to join us for our ongoing webcast discussions about deal considerations.

    Embracing Shareholder Activism: Strategy through Tactical Execution
    Live webcast date and time: March 31, 2014 1-2PM EST

    The Conference Board's Corporate Development Conference: Ensuring Unwavering Focus on Business Growth
    Event date: April 10-11, 2014


    10Minutes on data privacy

    Data protection and privacy is an urgent issue for both consumers and businesses. As customers increasingly worry whether their personal information is secure and used appropriately, companies are also concerned about protecting data and their brand. This 10Minutes highlights the importance of viewing consumer privacy from more than just a compliance lens and developing a strategy and action plan that will help businesses lead on data privacy by building customer trust and enhancing their brand. Click here to view all of our 10Minutes publications.


    Navigating a path forward: 2014 Tax Legislative Outlook

    The challenges faced by Congress in enacting tax reform - divided government and competing legislative goals - will increase in 2014 due to election year politics and an early change in tax-writing committee leadership. Meanwhile, a global focus on tax avoidance has led to a push by G20 countries and the OECD to address the ability of business to erode countries' tax bases. The enhanced focus on global tax avoidance could result in a wave of unilateral governmental action that significantly increases the risk of double taxation and a proliferation of cross border disputes.

    In this publication, PwC's Washington National Tax Services (WNTS) offers a preview of the key tax policy issues facing the Obama Administration and Congress, including the outlook for comprehensive tax reform, federal spending, the future of expired business tax provisions, the G20 and OECD efforts on base erosion and profit shifting (BEPS), and other tax policy matters of importance to today's business leaders.


    The Quarter close – a look at this quarter’s financial reporting issues

    PwC's quarterly current accounting and reporting developments webcast series keeps you informed on hot topics and recent activities of various regulatory bodies including the Financial Accounting Standards Board and the Securities & Exchange Commission. To sign up for future live webcasts or to access self-study materials which are CPE eligible for previous quarterly updates, click here.


    We hope you find this information useful. Please contact us at pwc.university.relations@us.pwc.com if we can be of assistance to you.

    Best Regards,

    Julie Peters
    US University Relations Leader

  • February 2014

    Dear Educator:

    We hope the winter months are treating you well. This month, we are pleased to share information regarding our upcoming Aspire to Lead event with Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook COO and author of Lean In for Graduates, as well as our 365 App and our recognition by Training Magazine for our Discover program. In addition, we highlight recent publications including The Global State of Information Security Survey, Paying taxes 2014 – the global picture and Accounting Today’s interview with Vin Colman, our US Vice Chairman and Assurance Leader.


    Live webcast with Sheryl Sandberg kicks off PwC’s global forum on women and leadership

    This spring, PwC will deliver our first-ever global forum on women and leadership to college students around the world. The event, part of “Aspire to Lead: The PwC Women’s Leadership Series,” focuses on the challenges women face as they make the transition from campus to career. It kicks off with a live webcast on April 24 featuring Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook COO and best-selling author of Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead and Lean In for Graduates. We hope you will plan to join us and encourage your students to do so as well.

    Spread the word about our student photo contest

    Please make your students aware of our Aspire photo contest beginning March 3. By sharing a picture that answers the question, “To what do you aspire?”, one student will win the grand prize – an all-expense paid trip to Facebook’s studio in California where the winner will attend the live April 24 webcast. As our VIP guest, the winner will have an opportunity to ask Sheryl a question during the broadcast.

    Look for details about our Aspire to Lead leadership series and the April 24 live webcast with Sheryl Sandberg on our PwC US Careers Facebook, Linked In and Twitter pages.


    Use 365TM to access PwC Thought Leadership!

    If you have not yet downloaded 365TM, we encourage you to take a few minutes to do so. The app can be customized by topics, industries and your favorite authors. You can also save and share any ideas that interest you. Download the app for your iPad or iPhone.


    PwC’s Discover program recognized by Training Magazine

    Training magazine’s Top 125 Award winners have the most successful learning and development programs in the world. In early February, Training editors recognized PwC, a Top Ten Hall of Fame member, for our Discover leadership experience during an awards gala at the San Diego Convention Center.

    Discover is one of PwC’s signature leadership development programs. It recognizes our newly promoted Senior Associates on their milestone achievement. Throughout the program, participants work with leadership coaches, partner champions and peers on strengthening their ability to make effective choices in all of life’s domains: self, family, community and career. Since its introduction, more than 4,600 professionals have participated in Discover to celebrate their promotion.

    PwC is proud to receive one of The Hall of Fame’s most prestigious awards for Discover. Training magazine’s January/February 2014 issue includes the final rankings, features on the top five companies and stories on the Best Practices and Outstanding Initiatives Award winners.


    The Global State of Information Security® Survey 2014

    The Global State of Information Security® Survey, an annual, worldwide study by PwC, CIO magazine, and CSO magazine, aims to inform and stimulate the debate on how businesses are facing today’s security challenges. Over the years, thousands of executives around the world have taken the time to share their views with us.

    This year’s survey was conducted online from February 1, 2013, to April 1, 2013. The results are based on the responses of more than 9,600 executives including CEOs, CFOs, CISOs, CIOs, CSOs, vice presidents, and directors of IT and information security from across 115 countries.

    The Global State of Information Security® Survey 2014 shows that executives are generally heeding the need to fund enhanced security activities and have substantially improved technology safeguards, processes, and strategies. Budgets are rising and confidence continues to climb.

    But not so fast: The survey also reveals that while many organisations have raised the bar on security, their adversaries are continuing to outpace them. Detected security incidents have increased—and so has the cost of breaches. And hot-button technologies like cloud computing, mobility, and BYOD (“bring your own device”) are often being implemented before they are secured. Adding to the challenge, many executives are hesitant to share security intelligence with others—forgoing a powerful offensive tool against targeted, dynamic attacks. Click here to view and download the report.


    Paying Taxes 2014 – the global picture

    Paying Taxes 2014, the eighth edition of our joint annual report with the World Bank and IFC, is a unique study which investigates and compares tax regimes across 189 economies worldwide, ranking them according to the relative ease of paying taxes. Paying Taxes 2014 looks not only at corporate income tax, but at all of the taxes and mandatory contributions that a domestic medium-size case study company must pay. It considers the full impact of all these taxes in terms of both their tax cost and their compliance burden on business.

    Put our latest comparative global tax study to work for you. Explore our powerful new interactive data modeller — and watch the data unfurl on business tax systems across 189 global economies.


    Vin Colman Builds PwC’s Assurance Practice

    Assurance Leader Vin Colman shares his plans to build upon our success and lead our Assurance practice in 2014 and beyond. Vin discusses the bedrock nature of our audit work and points to the importance of our corollary assurance work in areas such as sustainability, cybersecurity and board governance, which both strengthens the practice and provides an important foundation for audit quality. In personal and compelling terms, Vin highlights the need to re-energize the discussion around work/life flexibility and to develop a PwC Experience that can meet the unique needs of all our people.

    Get the full scoop at "Vin Colman Builds PwC's Assurance Practice" from Accounting Today.


    We hope you find this information useful. Please contact us at pwc.university.relations@us.pwc.com if we can be of assistance to you.

    Best Regards,

    Julie Peters
    US University Relations Leader

  • January 2014

    Dear Educator:

    Happy New Year and welcome back to campus! We hope you had the opportunity to relax and recharge over the winter break.

    This month we are pleased to highlight our recognition by FORTUNE and a recent Knowledge@Wharton interview with US Chairman and Senior Partner, Bob Moritz. We also feature our 17th Annual CEO Survey, our 365TM app, and our Cyber Security Videos. Additionally, we share our Emerging Technology Blog and several new publications including Accounting for Income Taxes 2013: Hot Topics, Our focus on audit quality: 2013 report, 10Minutes on service provider transparency, and Key considerations for board and audit committee members.


    PwC named to FORTUNE’s “100 Best Companies to Work For” List for tenth consecutive year

    We are very proud to have been once again recognized by FORTUNE as a Best Company to Work For. To view the press release, click here.


    Bob Moritz: ‘Diverse Teams Give You the Best Thinking’

    Bob Moritz, our US chairman and senior partner, recently spoke with Knowledge@Wharton about the experiences that have shaped him as a leader and the importance of financial literacy in nurturing the next generation of leaders. To read the interview, click here.