Teen from First Tee Seattle selected to attend business forum at The Players Championship

Jessica Kent Headshot_PwC Scholars_ExecForum_5-14Jessica Kent, an alumna of The First Tee of Greater Seattle, was one of four participants selected to attend the Executive Business Forum hosted by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) during THE PLAYERS Championship in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida.

Each May, PwC, a multinational professional services firm, invites Scholars of The First Tee to attend its Business Forum to introduce them to corporate America. Now in its 10th year, the learning experience provides the young participants with opportunities to interact with corporate leaders and hear from knowledgeable speakers on current topics facing American businesses.

Kent, a resident of Bellevue and freshman at the Foster School of Business at the University of Washington, had a chance to see her coursework in action at the Forum. Topics included an in-depth look at global issues, enterprise-wide risk management, corporate social responsibility, and corporate governance.

Kent was one of 101 students selected from around the country for the Scholars class of 2013. The distinction is awarded to junior golfers of The First Tee who excel in academics, leadership, character development, and chapter and community involvement.  The 2013 graduate of Newport High School played on its varsity golf team and served as captain her senior year.

In addition to attending the Forum, Kent received special access to THE PLAYERS held at TPC Sawgrass. The annual championship event usually draws the top 50 players in world rankings and boasts the highest prize fund of any tournament in golf.

Jessica Kent_mentor Kevin Baldwin_golfer Andy Bean_cropped_auto corrected_compressedCommenting on her experience, Kent said the highlight was “having the privilege to meet and listen to nationally recognized leaders such as Ben Bernanke, the former chairman of the Federal Reserve, Bob Moritz, U.S. chairman and senior partner of PwC, and PGA Commissioner Tim Finchem. These discussions increased my awareness of the relevancy of the business classes I am currently studying at the University of Washington.”

“Jessica’s initiative and motivation to be a leader is inspiring and demonstrates the impact The First Tee Life Skills curriculum has had on her life,” said Kimberly Goode, assistant director of The First Tee of Greater Seattle. “We are excited that The First Tee and the Executive Business Forum can continue to play a role in her academic and professional pursuits.”