Usher's New Look and Accenture Join Forces to Create the Next Generation of Global Leaders Through iLEAD

  Usher's New Look and Accenture Join Forces to Create the Next Generation of
  Global Leaders Through iLEAD

  Partnership Will Deliver Skills Training to 50,000 Students Through A New
                               Digital Platform

Business Wire

NEW YORK -- December 11, 2012

Usher's New Look, a non-profit organization founded by Usher Raymond IV, today
announced their partnership with Accenture to help New Look reach its goal of
training and certifying 50,000 youth as global leaders.The effort reflects
Accenture's Skills to Succeed corporate citizenship initiative.

From left, Usher Raymond IV, Accenture Managing Director Julie Miller, U.S.
CEO of Accenture Jorge B ...

From left, Usher Raymond IV, Accenture Managing Director Julie Miller, U.S.
CEO of Accenture Jorge Benitez and President of Usher's New Look Shawn Wilson,
recognize New Look student Jasmine Pollard (second from left) for winning a
competition to name the non-profit's new online platform, iLEAD, Tuesday,
December 11, 2012 in New York City. Usher's New Look, a non-profit founded by
Usher Raymond IV, today announced their partnership with Accenture to help New
Look reach its goal of training and certifying 50,000 youth as global leaders
through the iLEAD platform. (Photo courtesy of New Look/Leigh Vogel).

Over two years, Accenture is supporting New Look with a more than $900,000
contribution, which includes a cash grant as well as pro bono support to
develop iLEAD – an online, interactive, curriculum-based platform that will
provide data management and tracking for students and parents as they move
through New Look's four leadership pillars – talent, education, career and
service.

Through the iLEAD platform, New Look will be able to better track the progress
of enrolled students. It will also support developing leaders in schools,
raising graduation rates and preparing youth for college and career readiness.
The platform will align with national public school, career training and
development standards.

"Through this partnership with Accenture, New Look will be able to impact
thousands of young people by opening doors to new opportunities," said Usher
Raymond IV.

In addition to serving New Look participants, iLEAD is being designed on a
fully replicable and scalable digital model, accessible via desktop and mobile
device.As a result, other non-profits worldwide can customize the iLEAD
platform to fit their programs.

"Accenture's game-changing investment will empower New Look youth leaders to
become change agents through technology – whether in the classrooms of today
or boardrooms of tomorrow!" said Shawn Wilson, President of Usher's New Look.

"Supporting Usher's New Look reflects Accenture's corporate citizenship focus,
Skills to Succeed, as well as our belief that technology is a powerful driver
of education, training and skills," said Jorge Benitez, Chief Executive,
United States and Managing Director, North America, for Accenture. "We share
New Look's commitment to making a significant, lasting impact on the long-term
economic vitality and resilience of individuals, families and communities
around the world."

For more information on Usher's New Look, please visit www.ushersnewlook.org.
For more information on Accenture and Skills to Succeed, please visit Skills
to Succeed.

About Usher's New Look Foundation

Established in 1999, Usher's New Look Foundation has mentored over 10,000
youth across its four leadership pillars - talent, education, career and
service. Through the development of innovative programs and a culture of
consistent evaluation, reflection and refinement, New Look has achieved the
gold standard in leadership development and success for youth. Now in its
thirteenth year, New Look has seen 98% of participating youth graduate high
school and go on to college.

About Accenture

Accenture is a global management consulting, technology services and
outsourcing company, with 257,000 people serving clients in more than 120
countries. Combining unparalleled experience, comprehensive capabilities
across all industries and business functions, and extensive research on the
world's most successful companies, Accenture collaborates with clients to help
them become high-performance businesses and governments. Through its Skills to
Succeed corporate citizenship focus, Accenture is committed to equipping
250,000 people around the world by 2015 with the skills to get a job or build
a business. The company generated net revenues of US$27.9billion for the
fiscal year ended Aug. 31, 2012.Its home page iswww.accenture.com.

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Caitlin Storhaug, + 415-537-5458
caitlin.storhaug@accenture.com
 
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