SKY Program Welcomes 2019 Class, Congratulates 2017 Grads

News Release

NATIONAL OFFICE – BKD CPAs & Advisors is pleased to announce a new class for its SKY Sponsor-Protégé Program while congratulating the latest graduates. The two-year leadership development program matches protégés with a sponsor to help participants achieve their career aspirations. The effort is part of the firm’s SKY initiative, which works to create equal opportunities for all employees.

“The Sponsor-Protégé Program has become a highlight of SKY, creating opportunities for our protégés to focus on their personal development and goals,” Managing Partner and SKY Council Chair Wendy Henry said. “Over the course of the program, we also find that sponsors increase their knowledge and people development skills. The program continues to be a success for all participating. Congratulations to our 2017 graduating class and those selected to participate in 2019.”    

Since the program’s inception, 48 protégés have participated, with 12 elevated to managing director and partner levels. As the program continues to succeed, BKD now has former protégés serving as sponsors to provide targeted mentorship to BKD’s next class of firm leaders.

In the 2019 class, protégés are Molly Breitenbach, Renee Castille, Koren Chen, Cara Cygan, Karen Fleming, Lisa Horn, Grace Miller, Nicole Payton, Amber Popek and Stephanie Whitacre. Sponsors are Bob Brandenburg, Kristen Bright, Robb Conner, Mike Engle, Holly Pantzer, Melissa Pozniak, Greg Rexing, Gary Schafer, Adam Smith and Carley Williams.

The 2017 graduating class includes protégés Marne Babich, Porchia Barrett, Karen Bodach, Brandy Buckler, Stephanie Carper, Christie Clements, Amanda Eaves, Kimberly Marshall, Jessica Richter and Amy Shreck. Sponsors are Jerry Henderson, Kevin Kemp, John Kmetz, Tondeé Lutterman, Steve Moore, Melissa Pozniak, Rob Pruitt, Jim Regnier, Chris Telli and Jack Thurman.

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