Female Olympic athletes to join EY as interns
RIO DE JANEIRO, 22 AUGUST 2016
EY announces that it will hire eight athletes from six countries – Australia, Brazil, Germany, Great Britain, the Netherlands and the United States – starting in October, as part of its commitment to leave a positive and lasting legacy from its support of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. Through its Women Athletes Business Network (WABN), EY is helping to harness the leadership potential of these athletes by supporting them through a progression from sport to business.
The athletes – all of whom have been competing in Rio – have been carefully chosen through a comprehensive recruitment process in collaboration with Athlete Career Transition (ACT). Each was selected from a highly-competitive pool of candidates for a six-month internship with EY.
The selected athletes include:
- Australia – Bronte Barratt – Swimming
- Australia – Kim Brennan – Rowing
- Brazil – Isabel Swan – Sailing
- Germany – Janne Müller-Wieland – Field Hockey
- Great Britain – Olivia Carnegie-Brown – Rowing
- The Netherlands – Wianka van Dorp – Rowing
- United States – Grace Luczak – Rowing
- United States – Nzingha Prescod – Fencing
Nancy Altobello, EY Global Vice-Chair – Talent, said:
“Olympians, while the best in the world at their chosen discipline, often need support in making a successful transition into business. Their extreme focus, discipline, perseverance and teamwork are all incredibly transferable skills that we want at EY. We have every confidence that the female athletes selected will thrive in our culture of high-performance teaming, using the skills and experiences they have gained from playing elite sport to help us in our purpose of building a better working world. We wish them every success in their new placements at EY.”
EY, an Official Supporter and the exclusive professional services provider to Rio 2016, made the announcement from the Olympians Reunion Centre by EY, the only venue in Rio dedicated to giving Olympians from past Games an opportunity to reunite. In partnership with the World Olympians Association, EY has placed a spotlight on the leadership potential of elite female athletes and the need to further advance women in sport. EY research1 on how sport advances women at every level of business shows that 94% of women in the C-suite played sport. This was highlighted at the recent Women. Fast Forward event in Rio co-hosted with the World Olympians Association, which included EY’s Global Vice Chair of Public Policy and Leader of the Women Athletes Business Network, Beth Brooke-Marciniak, Olympic Champion Donna de Varona, and a guest appearance from International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach.
EY has a long history in developing leaders and supporting the advancement of women and recognizes the strong connection between women, sport and leadership. In 2013, EY established the Women Athletes Business Network (WABN) to help unlock the potential of sport in preparing women for leadership roles, boosting career opportunities and increasing their earning power. The WABN now supports elite female athletes all over the world as they transition to careers beyond competitive sport through its extensive global network and programs such as the WABN Mentoring Program, in partnership with the International Women’s Forum, which each year pairs 25 elite female athletes with top women in business.
Running from October 2016 to March 2017, the new WABN Intern Program will be a valuable addition to the already strong offering EY provides to elite female athletes. The Olympians involved will benefit from immersing themselves in a world-class working environment at EY while developing the skills necessary to ensure a smooth and successful journey from the playing field to the office.
The EY recruitment process for the WABN internships was supported by Athlete Career Transition (ACT) Ltd, which was founded in 2010 to support elite sportsmen and women in making their move from sport into some of the leading companies in the world. ACT worked with EY and the WABN to identify, assess and interview the very best elite female athletes competing in Rio before recommending them for final selection.
To learn more about the Women Athletes Business Network and WABN Intern Program, please visit our website.
Notes to Editors
Quotes from athletes:
Bronte Barratt (Australia):
"The opportunity that EY and ACT have created really excites me. Building a new set of skills in a new environment is going to be a great challenge and will help me in making the perfect transition from sport to the business world.”
Kim Brennan (Australia):
"What I truly value about EY is that it has taken a real initiative with the WABN Intern Program with ACT and is doing something that no other company is doing. A lot of businesses talk about valuing gender equity and say they focus on striving for excellence but they don't change or do anything different. However, EY is actually doing something positive about it and that's what I love – its ability to think outside the box and create something unique."
Isabel Swan (Brazil):
"Having studied hard all my life, plus working hard at my sailing career, I have worried about getting the opportunity to use these skills from sport and from school in a new environment when I’m not competing anymore. I'm delighted to have this opportunity to explore working with EY and hopefully finding a new passion in business similar to the love I have for the sport of sailing."
Janne Müller-Wieland (Germany):
"Despite being focused completely on hockey I have always been interested in business and wondered what the future would hold for me after sport. I am hugely excited to explore my passion for business through the opportunity that EY and ACT have given me. The internship program is the perfect stepping stone into business and I look forward with excitement to what the future holds."
Olivia Carnegie-Brown (Great Britain):
"The EY internship is a huge opportunity for me to build on my successful Olympic rowing career and silver medal in Rio. To be part of this ground-breaking program with EY and ACT was something I had to go for. I’m certainly going to be outside of my comfort zone initially, but isn't that what life is about -- pushing yourself? I'll have amazing support and mentors around me so it's now down to me, and I'm really looking forward to the challenge of succeeding in a new business environment."
Wianka Van Dorp (The Netherlands):
"I am so excited about working with EY so I can learn new skills, develop my existing skills and work with amazing people. The EY people have made me feel so welcome and grateful to have me as a new part of their team. The cultures and values of the organization fit with what I am used to in my day to day life as an Olympic athlete. With EY’s support I know I have every chance of a successful new career."
Grace Luczak (United States):
"Rio has been an amazing experience. I’m now looking forward to building on this during my EY internship, working with talented business people who can help me develop the transferable skills I have gained in Olympic Rowing. Being part of a high-performance business team has always interested me and this is the perfect way to start."
Nzingha Prescod (United States):
“Being in the US Olympic Fencing team has taught me many things about myself and life. Always striving to be the best I can be and bring out the best in people around me has been so important to me in my sports career. That all fits perfectly with EY's purpose of 'building a better working world.' It makes perfect sense to me and something I will strive for. I can't wait to get started!"
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About Athlete Career Transition (ACT)
In 2011 former Welsh International Rugby Union professionals, and brothers, Steve and Andy Moore, in partnership with 5 time gold medal winning Olympian Sir Steve Redgrave, founded a truly unique company named Athlete Career Transition (ACT). Having been through the difficult transition process personally, their mission became to assist the transition of elite athletes smoothly and safely from sport into meaningful careers in business.
ACT are global experts in career transition for elite athletes, and over the past five years have built a trusted reputation and successful track record of working with many truly remarkable elite athletes, including Olympians and Paralympians, supporting them through their sporting retirement and transitioning them into appropriate business environments.
ACT work closely with a variety of business partners to match and integrate athletes into suitable positions across a range of UK and Global businesses. This is achieved through a combination of structured work placement opportunities, personal development identification and transition support programs.