High Growth Business of the Year Award – Accenture
Accenture, a leading multinational, Fortune Global 500 company, has had a strong presence in Atlanta for decades, with around 3000 employees currently working in the city. The company was one of the original contributors to TechBridge and is presently a Partner sponsor. In 2018, through involvement with TechBridge, Jon Nash, Accenture’s ServiceNow Delivery Lead, learned about the Technology Careers Program (TCP) and brought the idea to Paul Blair, who leads Accenture’s ServiceNow training group in North America. Both men were thrilled at the opportunity to change lives through this partnership, especially since Accenture has been involved with Goodwill on a national level.
More than 100 participants have completed TCP, 17 of whom have joined Accenture as full-time employees. Accenture has also offered contract opportunities to many other TCP graduates. In addition to employing program graduates, Accenture has led workshops on Developing Technical Portfolios, partnered to co-teach technical classes, developed curricula, and assisted with career coaching.
Jon was impressed by the participants’ commitment to developing their skills and their understanding of the demonstrated value in learning and certification. Several TCP alumni are working on his team and he appreciates the enthusiasm and passion they bring.
One of Jon’s associates, Veronica Lightburn, graduated TCP in 2019 and went to work for Accenture immediately. Now celebrating her one-year anniversary with the company, she is leading the ServiceNow training team. Veronica is ebullient about her experience, sharing that she learned so much and had fun while doing it. The TCP program is one of the most exciting things she’s been part of and she is forever grateful for this opportunity, which culminated in landing her dream job at Accenture.
Bob Lax, Accenture’s South Cloud Lead, shares that it is great working with Goodwill and TechBridge and is proud to play a part in bringing opportunity to a lot of people in Metro Atlanta. Bob’s colleague Dave Henry, Director of Accenture’s Atlanta Advanced Technology Center, enjoyed hosting part of the class at the Center and notes the incubation and growth of new technology talent made possible by this partnership.
Goodwill’s Director of Workforce Development Alicia Battle says Accenture has made the difference in the TCP program. Partners like TechBridge and Accenture contribute to our participants’ successes, enabling Goodwill to fulfill our mission of putting people to work by preparing people for careers in the high-demand IT industry. With appreciation for the progress to date and excitement for what the future holds, Goodwill is pleased to present this year’s High-Growth Business of the Year award to Accenture.