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, CA -- (Marketwire) -- 02/07/13 -- 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 career
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 3rd 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 www.build.org/gala.
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
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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: www.build.org.
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 BUILD's Bay Area Board, and the
association between the two organizations is a good example of a
successful, multi-layered education focused community effort.
PwC provides professional services to over 90% of the Fortune 500*
technology companies and is committed to education programs that
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 their core skill set
to improve and develop the financial competency of American youth.
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 LinkedIn.
* Source: Fortune 1000 industry rankings, published May 2012
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Chrystine Lawson Villarreal
National Director of Development
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