Two Baruch College Students Selected for
KPMG’s Future Diversity Leaders Program

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New York, NY – October 10, 2007--KPMG LLP, the audit, tax, and advisory firm, has selected Baruch College students Ruth Fortune and Shruti Karnawat for its Future Diversity Leaders (FDL) program.

Fifty students from across the nation have been chosen to participate in the program. FDL is designed to provide leadership training and financial support for outstanding minority undergraduate business students. KPMG launched the program this summer as part of its continuing effort to increase and support minority representation in the accounting profession.

Fortune and Karnawat were nominated for the FDL program as a result of their commitment to high academic achievement, community and campus involvement and active participation in diversity organizations.

"We are pleased that these high-caliber students accepted our offer to participate in the program, and we hope they will come away with the skills, knowledge, and business perspective to become the business leaders of tomorrow,” said Manny Fernandez, National Managing Partner of Campus Recruiting. “KPMG is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive workforce, and we believe that focused programs such as this can help increase the number of minority business leaders in the accounting profession and other areas of business.”

Upon successful completion of their summer internship prior to their junior year, Fortune and Karnawat will become eligible for additional scholarship money, as well as an offer to remain in the intern program the following summer. The internship prior to their senior year is a “Practice Internship,” where the participants of FDL will gain hands-on experience with clients in their chosen business area. In addition to gaining work experience, Fortune and Karnawat will be mentored by faculty advisors and KPMG professionals.

Contact:  Carol Abrams, Baruch College, (646) 660-6114, cabrams@baruch.cuny.edu or Cassandra Osei, KPMG LLP, (201) 307-7503, cosei@kpmg.com.