|[November 13, 2012]
Ernst & Young's Maria Pinelli Appointed as Chair of Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE)
LONDON & NEW YORK --(Business Wire)--
Maria Pinelli, Global Vice Chair for Strategic Growth Markets at Ernst &
Young has been appointed the new Chair of the Network for Teaching
Entrepreneurship (NFTE) - its first appointment of a new Chair since
2005. NFTE1 is a global non-profit organization that helps
young people from low-income communities to become financially
independent, by developing their entrepreneurial spirit.
"It's an honor to not only be able to encourage entrepreneurship on a
daily basis at Ernst & Young, but now as the Chair of NFTE too," says
Pinelli. "My goal is to continue changing the lives of "street smart"
kids to "business aware" young adults, not only in the US but in as many
countries as possible.
"Our vision for NFTE is to double our presence internationally by 2015 -
increasing the number of participating countries and the number of young
people involved from 500,000 to 1 million over the next five years.
Young entrepreneurs represent the best hope of creating sustained
economic growth globally - and many start in unexpected places, which is
where NFTE comes in."
While dedicating the past 25 years of her life to providing professional
services to clients worldwide at Ernst & Young, Pinelli has developed
expertise in working with businesses to help accelerate their growth and
success. Pinelli has also led over 20 IPOs in three continents and
currently oversees Ernst & Young's renowned Entrepreneur Of The Year®
program and the Entrepreneurial Winning Women™ program.
"Maria is a great leader ad ambassador for NFTE and everyone on our
board and our leadership team is excited to be partnering with her, as
we work toward NFTE's promising future," said Amy Rosen, President and
CEO of NFTE. "Thanks to Ernst & Young's continued support, it is
possible to combat the staggering youth unemployment rate by inspiring
as many young people as possible to develop an entrepreneurial mindset
to meet market demands and social needs which ultimately have the
potential to produce real world business prospects and job creation."
Notes to Editors
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does not provide any services to clients.
About the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship
Too many young people today drop out of school and struggle to break the
cycle of poverty. Since 1987, the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship
(NFTE) has been inspiring young people to pursue educational
opportunities, start their own businesses, and succeed in life. By
providing entrepreneurship education programs relevant to the real
world, NFTE empowers students to own their educations in and out of the
classroom and to find their own path to success. Hundreds of thousands
of students have discovered opportunity all around them through
entrepreneurship via thousands of certified educators worldwide. NFTE
supports active programs in 18 U.S. states and 11 countries around the
world. Entrepreneurs are a powerful driver of economic growth and NFTE
sows the seeds of innovation in students worldwide. For more
information, visit www.nfte.com.
1 NFTE is present in 11 countries, including Belgium, China,
Chile, Colombia, Germany, Indian, Ireland, Israel, New Zealand, Saudi
Arabia and the US. Starting in one small school and one small classroom,
to date the award winning curriculum has been delivered to over 500,000
students and trained more than 5,000 teachers in over 50 countries.
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