Marissa Mayer, CEO, Yahoo! and PwC to be honored at BUILD's 3rd Annual Gala
Past honorees include Jack Dorsey and Reid Hoffman
REDWOOD CITY, Calif., Feb. 7, 2013
REDWOOD CITY, Calif., Feb. 7, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Marissa Mayer, CEO of
Yahoo!, and PwC US, one of the world's largest providers of assurance, tax and
business advisory services, will be honored for both individual and corporate
commitment to education excellence by BUILD, a Redwood City-based, national
non-profit with a mission to use entrepreneurship to excite and propel
disadvantaged and disengaged students through high school to college and
Marissa Mayer will be the third recipient of BUILD's "Pitch" Prize for
Innovation in Entrepreneurship, named for venture capital luminary and
founding BUILD supporters, Franklin "Pitch" and Catherine Johnson. PwC will
receive the inaugural BUILD Innovation Award which honors a corporate partner
for its deep commitment to BUILD's mission and its embodiment of the
innovative spirit BUILD instills in its students.
BUILD's 3^rd Annual Gala will be held May 17 at the City View Metreon in San
Francisco. The evening will feature BUILD students showcasing their business
products, a fabulous dinner prepared by Paula LeDuc, a program highlighting
the contributions of Marissa Mayer and PwC, an exclusive live auction and a
lively after party. For details about the event, please visit
In the US, 1.3 million students drop out of high school every year; BUILD,
Marissa Mayer and PwC share the common goal of eradicating the dropout crisis
in America. "BUILD has a transformational impact on students and empowers
them to succeed in school and their careers," says BUILD founder and CEO,
Suzanne McKechnie Klahr. "We are proud that 99% of BUILD seniors have
graduated high school and 95% have been accepted into college."
About Marissa Mayer
Marissa Mayer is an American business executive. In 2012, she joined Yahoo! as
its President and CEO. Previously, she was a long-time executive and key
spokesperson for Google. She is the youngest CEO of a Fortune 500 company,
and has been ranked number 14 on the list of America's most powerful
businesswomen of 2012 by Fortune magazine.
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Founded in 1999, BUILD's mission is to use entrepreneurship to excite and
propel disengaged, low-income students through high school to college
success. BUILD believes that the power of student ideas in action drives
youth to reach their fullest potential in school and beyond. The four-year
high school program offers a unique blend of entrepreneurship, academics, and
personal support that attracts and motivates many students who are otherwise
at high risk of failing classes and dropping out of high school.
BUILD currently serves high school students at programs located in Redwood
City and Oakland, CA; Washington DC and Boston, MA. For more information see:
About PwC and BUILD Collaboration
In addition to providing a foundation grant, PwC recently completed a pro bono
project with BUILD that assessed BUILD's national volunteer recruitment model
and provided a roadmap for improving the organization's ability to recruit its
more than 1,000 volunteer mentors. PwC Partner David Marston is the Chair of
the Bay Area Board of BUILD, and the association between the two organizations
is a good example of a successful, multi-layered education focused community
PwC provides professional services to over 90% of the Fortune 500* technology
companies and is committed to education programs to develop the next
generation of skilled professionals. As part of the Earn Your Future
initiative, PwC committed to invest $160 million--$60 million in cash
donations and one million service hours worth $100 million—in youth education,
impacting more than 2.5 million students and educators in the United States.
Over the next five years, PwC will leverage its 35,000 people and its people's
core skill set to improve and develop the financial competency of American
About the "Pitch" Prize for Innovation
The Pitch Prize is awarded annually to an individual or group that embodies
the vision, passion and spirit of entrepreneurship that BUILD inspires in its
young students. The award is named in honor of Franklin "Pitch" and Catherine
Johnson, whose seed investment and continued support helped launch BUILD from
an idea into a national organization at the forefront of education reform.
Former recipients of the Pitch Prize include Jack Dorsey, co-founder of
Twitter and Square and Reid Hoffman, founder and executive chairman of
* Source: Fortune 1000 industry rankings, published May 2012
SOURCE PwC US
Contact: Chrystine Lawson Villarreal, National Director of Development,
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