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PwC kicks off Aspire to Lead: The PwC Women's Leadership Series

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London: PwC will today host its first-ever global forum focused on women and leadership to students around the world.

The live webcast with LeanIn.Org is scheduled to take place at 5:30pm BST and is part of the Aspire to Lead: The PwC Women's Leadership Series, which includes a number of programmes and workshops hosted by PwC that are designed to provide university students and new professionals with the tools to help them build leadership skills.

The inaugural event will kick off with a welcome by Terri McClements, PwC's US Human Capital Leader and Global Talent Leader, who will share her insights and experiences. She will introduce Sheryl Sandberg, founder of LeanIn.Org, author of Lean In and Lean In for Graduates, and Facebook COO, who will encourage the next generation to reach for their ambitions and discuss the important role they have in reaching gender equality. Rachel Thomas, President of LeanIn.Org, will offer tips for finding the right job, negotiating your first salary and succeeding in your career. Sandberg and Thomas will answer questions from the live audience of students from Africa, Asia, Latin America and the US.

"PwC prioritises career progression and professional and personal development, and we work tirelessly to create an environment for our people that enables them to fulfil their leadership potential," said McClements. "The first steps into a professional career are critical, and there are many important decisions that must be made. Through this event, we aim to inspire the next generation of leaders and equip them with information and skills that will help in navigating the transition."

Aspire to Lead: The PwC Women's Leadership Series events will be promoted by PwC in over 30 countries around the world, including in Austria, Canada, Cyprus, France, Greece, Hungary, Poland, Russia, Spain, the UK, and the US on April 24 and through mid-May. In addition to viewing the webcast, many events will include panel discussions that highlight diverse perspectives and choices, insights into career and leadership development, and work/life and related topics.

"PwC is a place where we value and respect differences. We know that when people from different backgrounds and with different points of view and talents work together, we make the most of the uniqueness of each of our people to create the highest value for clients and society," said Dennis Nally, Chairman, PwC International Ltd. "We're excited to collaborate with Sheryl Sandberg and her foundation LeanIn.Org to reach students throughout the world. The Aspire to Lead programme will provide practical tools for future professionals to accelerate their development in the workplace."

Aspire to Lead follows PwC's Next Generation Diversity: Developing tomorrow's female leaders report and its Global Diversity Week, in which thousands of PwC people around the world joined the conversation on how to become even more inclusive leaders.

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