Scottsdale, Ariz. — July 13
Nearly 400 top-performing students from 145 colleges and universities participated recently in the ninth annual Deloitte National Leadership Conference (DNLC).
Undergraduates identify and develop core leadership skills and learn about Deloitte’s culture and careers in professional services at the conference, held from July 12 to 15 in Scottsdale, Ariz. Approximately 55 Deloitte professionals joined the students in a series of group activities focused on:
• Personal branding: Teaching students how to identify, maintain and articulate an authentic and compelling personal brand to market their skills, tap new opportunities and steer their own professional course.
• The client experience: Deloitte professionals share firsthand experiences of a day in the life of a client service professional. Students also learn about Deloitte’s four business areas: audit and enterprise risk services, consulting and financial advisory services and tax.
• Team building: Hands-on, interactive activities to promote teamwork, problem-solving, skill-set identification, leadership and negotiation skills that students can apply in to the classroom and professional world.
• Networking: Social events and small group settings at the conference site to foster connections, camaraderie and dialogue in an informal setting.
“Deloitte’s National Leadership Conference is the largest early campus recruiting program we host to connect with exceptional talent who may become our future interns and employees,” said Diane Borhani, national director, campus recruiting, Deloitte Services LP. “The event gives students a wonderful opportunity to hone their leadership skills in a fun and engaging venue, and in the process, experience our high-performance culture and get to know Deloitte professionals on a personal level. The conference is just the beginning of a relationship we build over time to show students rather than tell them who we are as an organization.”
Deloitte’s National Leadership Conference also demonstrates the organization’s values and cultural aspects through team activities. For example, the students participated in volunteer projects one afternoon in the greater Phoenix area. Working in teams at area food banks, shelters and a center for the developmentally disabled, volunteers tapped their team-building and leadership skills to benefit local nonprofit organizations.
Amanda Elya, audit manager, Deloitte & Touche LLP, and a participant in Deloitte’s first such event in 2003, said, “My experience allowed me to get a head start on my career and provided clarity on my future.”
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