By Rob Starr, Big4.com Content Manager.
PwC Partner Bob Calabro has a first hand understanding of the benefits of a good education. So , when his company gave a record $1.35 million to support diversity initiatives focusing on student scholarships and leadership development recently to Bryant University , the member of the University’s Board of Trustees and alumnus from 1988 was only too happy to sing the praises of how that business and personal relationship spanning back several decades has evolved to meet modern needs.
“As the relationship partner for the University, I strive to maintain and strengthen the ties between PwC, Bryant students and the school at large,” he says.
The portfolio of accomplishments include the most recent record gift. This donation is part of the University’s capital campaign and has resulted in a center for diversity and inclusion named
for the firm. The PwC Center for Diversity and Inclusion, located within Bryant’s Michael E. ’67 and Karen Fisher Student Center, comprises Bryant’s Intercultural Center, Gertrude Meth Hochberg Women’s Center, Pride Center, Disability Services, the Interfaith Center, and Campus Ministries.
Calabro is quick to point out PwC has championed other initiatives at the school everyone is equally proud of.
“I’ve used the platform I’ve had over the years to work with the University’s outstanding faculty to create the PwC Accounting Careers Leadership Institute at Bryant,” he says noting the program is going into its 12th year. “It’s designed for rising high school seniors of African-American, Black and Latino descent to attract them to the opportunities in the field of accounting.”
These two examples are part of a wide swath PwC cuts in a positive way across both the business community specifically and society in general. Calabro stresses the philosophy behind these and other initiatives aimed at diversity and women serve a dual purpose.
“Not only is it the right thing to do, it’s also a business imperative.”
The relationship between Bryant and PwC has long-standing ties that go back more than 30 years. The firm currently employs over 300 alumni, 16 of whom are partners who volunteer at the University in different capacities. It’s a great ongoing bond and one that Calabro is especially proud of with good reason.
“It’s been a tremendous relationship and I’m very proud of that. You always remember when you help people get their start and the intention is to make an impact,” he says. “We certainly feel we’ve done that with Bryant’s help and will continue to do so.”