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Preparing students for careers in professional services

​The Deloitte Foundation sponsors an array of education programs designed to benefit students in middle/high school, as well as college undergraduates and graduates. Since 1928, Foundation initiatives have engaged students from across the US to develop the talent of the future in audit, advisory, tax, and consulting.

Higher Education Student Programs

​The Foundation introduces relevant real-world experience to students through its case study programs for undergraduate, graduate, and MBA students. The Foundation sponsors student case study competitions in the areas of audit, advisory, tax, and consulting, with scholarships awarded to top achievers. More than 2,400 students participate annually in the competitions. The events provide students with the opportunity to not only build technical competency and explore the types of practical issues that our professionals encounter every day, but also to experience aspects of the professional working environment, including collaboration, communication, and interpersonal skills. The competitions are:

National Audit Innovation Campus Challenge
This national educational event, helps students put their skills and experience to work by responding to an audit challenge statement and generate innovative ideas that can be applied to the audit profession. The competition not only provides a platform for creative minds to help evolve the audit process and ideate new assurance services, but it also plays a pivotal role in developing and shaping the profession’s future workforce by introducing them to real-world challenges.

Cyber Threat Competition
The Deloitte Foundation Cyber Threat Competition is facilitated by Deloitte Advisory cyber risk services practice to help college students develop the skills needed to address increasingly sophisticated cyber risks in the marketplace. This program tests both students’ technical cyber knowledge as well as their business acumen. Students have the opportunity to experience a real-world cyber incident and determine how to respond by using their technical, critical thinking, communication, and problem-solving skills.

FanTAXtic National Case Study Competition
Deloitte FanTAXtic is designed to familiarize students with the tax profession early in their academic careers. The interactive competition offers students the opportunity to work in teams to solve a realistic business case, role play, and present their solution to Deloitte leaders, which helps them better understand the types of business challenges they can expect from a career in tax.

MBA National Case Competition (NCC)
The MBA NCC brings together students from top-tier MBA programs from across the country. During the competition, students get to experience the realities of working in an ever-changing business world by testing their critical thinking and business knowledge to solve a topical, complex business issue.

University of Illinois-Deloitte Foundation Center for Business Analytics
The Deloitte Foundation in collaboration with University of Illinois’ Gies College of Business is creating leading-edge curriculum to provide students with the data knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to become highly-trained business leaders of tomorrow. The first course in Foundations of Data Analytics, released in April 2019, is free, online, and accessible to anyone who wants to leverage it for their educational mission.

For more information on any of these programs, contact usnydeloittefoundation@deloitte.com.

Youth programs

RightStep empowers future leaders
RightStep is Deloitte’s strategy to address education needs across America. Through collaboration with education organizations as well as donations from Deloitte professionals who contributed to the Deloitte Foundation RightStep Education Fund, the program provides time, talent, and resources to help students prepare for and persist through high school and college, then transition to a career. The RightStep Virtual Mentoring Program, sponsored by the Foundation, pairs Deloitte professionals with students across the US. So far, more than 1,300 Deloitte professionals have served as virtual mentors to encourage and empower 4,000 students to believe in and capitalize on their full potential and be college ready.

Driving STEM Education at the intersection of diversity
The Deloitte Foundation is helping to prepare future talent by driving STEM education and introducing diverse students to STEM careers. With nonprofits, secondary/higher education institutions, and industry, the Foundation supports the growth of inclusive pipelines of STEM-enabled future leaders by helping students navigate career pathways while building STEM and STEM-adjacent competencies. The end goal: students can be positioned for a range of college and professional possibilities.

Initial programs aim to help young women and underrepresented high school students discover how to solve complex business problems using technology and applying data analytics to real-world challenges. The Deloitte Foundation is working to build technology-based development pathways comprised of computer science and analytics curricula, a customized curriculum to help students identify interest in professional services careers in computing and analytics, and a digital platform of programs/resources that can scale nationally to help open the aperture about what STEM education can be.

For more information on any of these programs, contact usnydeloittefoundation@deloitte.com.

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Tonie Leatherberry

Tonie Leatherberry

Principal | Deloitte & Touche LLP

Antoinette (Tonie) has had a distinguished career with Deloitte spanning nearly 30 years serving Fortune 100 Manufacturing, Retail, and Consumer Business clients and supporting key accounts across Str... More

Kathy Shoztic

Kathy Shoztic

Executive Director | Deloitte Foundation

Kathy, director, Deloitte Services LP, oversees operations for the Deloitte Foundation, the not-for-profit arm of Deloitte LLP that supports education. Kathy serves as a primary liaison between the ac... More