• Allison Ryans Named to KPMG's Future Diversity Leaders Program


Suffolk University student Allison Ryans has been selected to the Future Diversity Leaders (FDL) program at KPMG LLP, the audit, tax, and advisory firm known worldwide.

Ryans, of Andover, is among 51 students from across the nation, who were chosen and participated in the FDL, as a result of their commitment to high academic achievement, community and campus involvement, and active participation in diversity organizations.  KPMG launched its FDL program a year ago, with the first group  of 50 students providing leadership training and financial support for outstanding minority undergraduate business students, in its continuing effort to increase and support minority representation in the accounting profession.

“This is an amazing opportunity to be chosen by KPMG for this program,” said Ryans, a 20-year-old sophomore who is on a full academic scholarship at Suffolk.  “I would never be able to gain experience like this anywhere else.  The hard work I’ve put in these past few years is finally starting to payoff.”

This year’s FDL class, which consists of students representing 33 schools nationwide, recently completed a three-day leadership conference in Hollywood, CA.  The conference provided the students the opportunity to interact and network with leaders in the profession, professors and KPMG professionals.  The students also attended leadership style courses that were co-instructed by KPMG partners.

“The leadership conference training was intense,” said Ryans, an accounting major, and a member of the Honors Scholars Program (she has a 3.89 grade point average) and the Black Student Union at Suffolk.  “You had to wear business-attire every day, and you got to meet and work with other students from across the country, some of whom I’m still in contact with.  It was nice meeting people from everywhere who are on the same track as you.”

Upon successful completion of her summer internship prior to her junior year, Ryans will become eligible for additional scholarship money, as well as an offer to remain in the intern program the following summer.  The internship prior to their senior year is a “Practice Internship,” where the participants of FDL will gain hands-on experience with clients in their chosen business area.  Additionally, Ryans will be mentored by a FDL faculty advisor and KPMG professionals.

“We are committed to helping to build the business leaders of tomorrow,” said Manny Fernandez, national campus recruiting partner at KPMG.  “It is our intention in creating the FDL program to provide the students with the skills, knowledge and business perspective to succeed in business, and we have been very impressed with their desire and motivation to move ahead.” 

In addition to welcoming Ryans to the 2008 FDL class, Suffolk University student, Letisha Brown, a member of the first FDL class, returned to KPMG for an internship this summer.










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