Accenture signs partnership with Girls Who Code

10 November 2014 Consultancy.uk

Accenture has announced a partnership with Girls Who Code, a non-profit company that aims at assisting young women to secure a career in technology through inspiring, educating, and equipping them with the needed skills. The partnership forms a part of Accenture’s ‘Skills to Succeed’ initiative.

Girls Who Code
Girls Who Code is a national non-profit organisation that aims at closing the gender gap in technology by inspiring, educating, and equipping young women with the computing skills to pursue 21st century opportunities. The organisation has set the goal of providing computer science education and exposure to 1 million young women by 2020.

Accenture has decided to partner with Girls Who Code, a decision that according to the consulting firm illustrates its commitment to women* and is part of its corporate citizenship initiative, ‘Skills to Succeed’**. As part of the partnership, Accenture will contribute $500,000 to Girls Who Code this year and provide volunteers that will commit their time and skills to the organisation’s programs. The firm will host the Summer Immersion Programs and support Girls Who Code clubs at new locations, programmes that offer “a wide variety of computer science skills training and exposure to real-world business and mentorship opportunities”. In addition, Accenture will assist Girls Who Code in the establishment of a new online community for alumni of Girls Who Code.

Accenture sponsor of Girls Who Code

Commenting on the partnership, Paul Daugherty, Chief Technology Officer at Accenture, says: “Accenture and Girls Who Code share a commitment to inspiring young women to pursue careers in computer science, and we’re excited to help these women capitalize on a broad spectrum of opportunities.” Reshma Saujani, Founder & CEO of Girls Who Code, adds: “Our Girls Who Code graduates are pursuing computer science degrees at top universities, securing paid technical internships working alongside professionals in the field, and even launching programs to teach girls around the world how to code. Our partnership with Accenture will help us close the gender gap in technology and help young women navigate their future.”

* The firm is supporting several women’s programs and initiatives, including mentoring, networking, training and development courses to help attract, retain and advance women.

** ‘Skills to Succeed’ addresses the global need for skills that open doors to employment and economic opportunity. The effort plans to equip more than 700,000 people globally by 2015 with the skills to get a job or build a business.

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Grey Consulting and Makerversity announce strategic partnership

05 April 2019 Consultancy.uk

Grey Consulting has forged a new alliance with Makerversity, a 500-strong community of the brightest creative innovators, headquartered at Somerset House, London. The partnership hopes to tap into the experimental community to develop pioneering solutions for Grey Consulting’s clients.

In August 2018, one of the world’s largest design agencies surprised the business world by launching a dedicated consulting outfit. The news came as the two industries continued on their trajectory towards a historic synthesis. The consulting industry has been engaged in a pitched battle with the advertising and design space for the past few years, as the former increasingly encroaches on the territory of the latter via a protracted campaign of mergers and acquisitions; but there had been little traffic moving in the other direction.

At its launch, Grey Consulting was not billed as a direct competitor to established consultancies. However, the firm behind the new entity hopes that its creative experience will give it a competitive edge in winning consulting business from its existing clients. The Grey Group is a global advertising and marketing agency with headquarters in New York City, and 432 offices in 96 countries, operating in 154 cities. Grey Consulting opened its doors with a view to aiding clients within the areas of business and brand design, innovation and digital transformations.Grey Consulting and Makerversity announce strategic partnership

Now, as the firm looks to further expand its footprint in the market, Grey Consulting has unveiled details of a ground-breaking new alliance with Makerversity, a 500-strong community of creative innovators headquartered at Somerset House, London. The alignment with Makerversity is hoped to unlock the potential of collaborating with one of the world’s most experimental communities.

Makerversity curates and convenes the best talent across product design, fashion, art and experimental architecture, sustainable materials, IoT, digital manufacturing, and coding. It provides spaces and workshops for professional makers to develop and create their work, supported by Somerset House Trust. The alliance is expected to enable Grey Consulting to develop pioneering solutions for its clients, together with innovators who make something amazing for a living, every day. 

Leo Rayman, Grey Consulting CEO, commented, “This gives our clients the potential to access a network of some of the most diverse and innovative individuals in the world today. Being so tightly connected to a community of makers means we don’t just develop transformational strategies but can quickly realise them in three dimensions. This sets Grey Consulting apart from the pure play strategy houses who are sometimes criticised for not making their thinking real at the pace modern businesses require.” 

Fiona Dent, CEO of Makerversity, added, “Makerversity acts as a catalyst for unexpected encounters, fostering collaborations between an incredible range of the brightest leading creators and innovators. Our experimental approach and engaged members, whose own practice is defining our world, create highly original new outcomes. We are delighted to bring this philosophy to a wider audience and generate interesting projects for Makerversity members through our partnership with Grey Consulting.”