Two students of the College of Business at ILLINOIS, Olabisi Adesiba and Vincent Lewis, were among 51 students from across the nation who participated in KPMG LLP’s Future Diversity Leaders (FDL) program’s 2008 class. The program, launched in 2007, is part of KPMG’s continuing effort to increase and support minority representation in the accounting profession.
FDL participants are chosen as a result of their commitment to high academic achievement, community and campus involvement, and active participation in diversity organizations. Adesiba and Lewis’s FDL class, consisting of students representing 33 schools nationwide, started their program last summer with a two-day leadership conference in Hollywood, CA. The conference provided the students the opportunity to interact and network with leaders in the profession, professors and KPMG professionals. The students also attended leadership style courses that were co-instructed by KPMG partners.
Following the leadership conference, FDL students are given opportunities for internships at KPMG in the summers of their sophomore and junior years. Lewis returns this semester as a Junior with the advantage of having interned at KPMG this summer with the firm’s Marketing Information Services group as well as having been a coordinator for the Reviving Baseball in the Inner City (RBI) baseball league. Adesiba also returns with experience in Marketing but she worked with campus recruiters on her second rotation.
“This has been such a great opportunity,” said Lewis. “My confidence and skills have really benefitted and will only get better by the time I graduate. KPMG really makes a difference.”
Next summer Lewis and Adesiba will join KPMG again for another internship with expanded responsibilities, hands-on experience with clients, and continued mentoring by FDL faculty advisors and KPMG professionals.
“We are committed to helping to build the business leaders of tomorrow,” said Manny Fernandez, KPMG’s national managing partner – university relations and recruiting. “It is our intention in creating the FDL program to provide the students with the skills, knowledge and business perspective to succeed in business, and we have been very impressed with their desire and motivation to move ahead.”