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.
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.
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.
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.
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, 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 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.
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.
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