Accenture to hire 150 moms for ‘highly coveted roles’

Updated 9:43 AM ET, Thu February 18, 2021

(CNN) One of the largest consulting companies in the world is making a major commitment — to moms.

Accenture will hire 150 mothers for positions at its Midwest division as soon as possible, the company tells CNN Business. The newly created positions will be in technology, strategy and consulting out of the company’s offices in Chicago. The company said the roles will offer the new hires flexibility, support, training and mentorship.
To help find and hire candidates, Accenture is partnering with The Mom Project, a marketplace that connects professional women with companies. The Mom Project will screen applicants and put forward candidates for the roles. The organization said it is focusing on mothers who are unemployed and looking to make a career change.
“The jobs that we’re talking about for these moms are careers. They’re highly coveted roles in technology and in consulting, they’re the type of roles that enable them to support their family,” said Lee Moore, senior managing director for Accenture Midwest, who is heading up the partnership.
This comes at a time when women have been disproportionally affected by the pandemic. Women have lost 5.3 million jobs in the last year, compared to 4.6 million jobs lost by men. And some 2.5 million women have left the workforce all together, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
“Those of us in positions to do so must take bold action to reverse this backslide,” said Allison Robinson, co-founder and CEO of the Mom Project. “I think our partnership with Accenture sets such a strong message to corporate leaders across the country, and I hope it will embolden them to do more.”
In 2017, Accenture set a goal to become a gender equal workplace by 2025. Of its 514,000 global employees, 215,000 are women. The partnership with the Mom Project is one way the company believes it can reach their goal, and the 150 new hires is just the start, said Moore.

‘Borderline desperation’

Nicole Conner felt lucky to be employed during most of the pandemic, working virtually in human resources and recruiting for a facilities management company.
But this fall, she says she was asked by her company to come back to the office full-time. She told them she couldn’t because her seven-year-old son Atticus was at home learning virtually. Then, she says, she was fired.
“I really have no choice but to have a remote job,” said Conner, who has been using the Mom Project’s platform for her job search.
Because she was fired, Conner said she is ineligible for unemployment. She said she and her son are surviving off food stamps and her student loans.
“I’m kind of at the point where it’s borderline desperation and I just need a remote job. At this point, it’s just click and apply, click and apply, and hope that something comes through,” said Conner.
Michelle Mitchom, a mother of four who lives outside of St. Louis, Missouri, was laid off in July. After a 10-year career in sales, her job search has also led her to apply for jobs she never considered before.
“I’ve been applying for any type of job. It doesn’t matter if it’s entry level, internships, if it’s janitorial, if it’s anything — I’ve been applying,” said Mitchom.
A former corporate trainer, Brooke Gasaway found herself unemployed and five months pregnant during the pandemic. Now that her son is six months old, she is looking for a job again, but not the way she used to.
“I’ve found myself at this moment applying for a lot of roles that are more junior than I would typically apply for simply because it feels safe that I know I’m overqualified,” said Gasaway.

‘A national emergency’

In an interview earlier this month, US President Joe Biden referred to the number of women leaving the workforce as a ‘national emergency.’ As part of his $1.9 trillion stimulus plan, he is proposing $15 billion in grants to working families to pay for childcare. He also wants to raise the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour.
“It will enable parents, particularly women, to get back to work,” the President said during the unveiling of his ‘American Rescue Plan.’
The Mom Project sees government policy as a key component to retaining and getting women back into the workforce.
“I think number one is policy support. We know that parents are strapped and needing support when it comes to childcare. The availability and the affordability are major barriers to moms and parents being able to work,” said Robinson.
Corporate America is starting to make some changes, too. Companies like Google, Facebook, and Microsoft have added more paid leave for employees during the pandemic, while Spotify says it will allow employs to work from anywhere even after the pandemic.
For its part, Accenture says it hopes to hire more moms in other divisions of the company soon.
“This is becoming nothing short of a crisis,” said Moore. “I think we can lead the way and truly make a difference.”

PursueCare Partners With Ohio-Based Thrive Peer Support

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The partnership offers a rapid transition from face-to-face peer support to telehealth addiction treatment at home.

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. and CLEVELANDFeb. 10, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — PursueCare and Thrive Peer Support today announced that they have partnered and have launched a statewide collaborative peer support and Substance Use Disorder treatment model across the state of Ohio. This collaboration promotes a seamless pathway from Thrive’s specialized in-person peer support to PursueCare’s comprehensive telehealth clinical addiction and behavioral health treatment, one that can be initiated at emergency rooms and other settings that are under mounting pressure due to COVID-19 and increasing overdose rates.

Thrive is a recovery support organization that sends certified peer recovery coaches into emergency room settings to help individuals who have experienced an overdose or substance-related emergency. Their services often help individuals overcome barriers like transportation, homelessness, stigma, and trauma. Thrive’s peers frequently refer individuals to outpatient Medication-Assisted Treatment (“MAT”) and other treatment programs, but COVID-19 has presented numerous challenges where access to in-person care was already scarce.

PursueCare is a technology-enabled addiction treatment and mental health treatment provider that offers its care through a digital platform accessible from mobile devices. The telehealth modality has effectively delivered MAT, psychiatry, counseling, at-home lab testing, and pharmacy services conveniently and privately. The program allows patients to meet frequently with their doctors and counselors from anywhere, including nights and weekends, to complete their individualized recovery programs.

While the telehealth model was emerging before the pandemic, it has proven essential for specific populations experiencing isolation or who do not have in-person care readily available in their community. “If there could be any positive drawn at all from COVID-19, it would be that telehealth has finally broken through as a real option for people who historically haven’t been able to get effective treatment in traditional brick-and-mortar settings,” said Nick Mercadante, PursueCare’s Founder and CEO. “When it comes to Substance Use Disorder, there’s no question that COVID-19 poured gasoline on an already burning fire. Evidence is showing us that our programs are helping many people in need,” Mercadante added.

Both organizations have several established partnerships with traditional health care settings that frequently diagnose Substance Use Disorder or treat overdoses, so this collaboration was a natural fit. It will effectively enhance the resources offered to patients in those settings that often lack effective interventive solutions.

While Thrive focuses on non-clinical support from a peer-to-peer standpoint, those in need of substance use disorder treatment and/or mental health care are transitioned into PursueCare’s digital treatment portal. PursueCare’s care coordination experts then introduce the virtual treatment model to patients, connect them with clinicians that can prescribe FDA-approved medications, and establish an ongoing at-home care regimen.

Throughout the course of care, Thrive staff collaborates with PursueCare’s treatment team to address in-person needs that arise and ensure that overall personal and health goals are met. Both PursueCare and Thrive feel they can better manage substance use in the region, which has surged due to COVID-19, by working together. “Thrive exists to provide peer support to people on their recovery journey. By partnering with PursueCare, we can meet the growing need for addiction and mental health services through a technology that keeps our clients and our peer support staff safe,” said Brian Bailys, CEO, Thrive Peer Support.

About PursueCare:
PursueCare offers virtual evidence-based addiction treatment for opioid and alcohol use disorders, all through our mobile application. By partnering with health systems, community health centers, employers, and health plans, PursueCare offers a transitional digital addiction treatment program for patients needing addiction treatment – with a focus on those who experience significant barriers to in-person care. Patients can also seek treatment without needing a partner referral. PursueCare is available in ConnecticutMassachusettsVermontNew HampshireKentuckyOhioWest VirginiaRhode Island and New Jersey, with more states being announced in the coming weeks. For more information, visit

About Thrive Peer Support:
Thrive Peer Support is a continuing care and recovery support organization located in Ohio. Thrive is certified by the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Substance Use Services for Peer Support and Case Management in Ohio. Thrive offers a variety of programs to assist individuals in behavioral health recovery. These programs are designed from the ground up to offer continuing supportive care for individuals in behavioral health recovery. The Thrive team is innovative in their programming and takes the initiative to design programs to help behavioral health recovery. Thrive Emergency Room Peer Support was established with the goal of helping individuals who presented in the ER that survived an overdose. In the first 12 months, Thrive saw more than 1,200 patients and helped get more than 300 into detox or other immediate treatment. Others were linked with MAT or other recovery programs. Thrive Emergency aims to reduce ER visits and increase the opportunity for a patient to enjoy long-term recovery. For more information, visit

Prisidio Raises $3.3 Million Seed Round to Help People Safely Secure Their Most Important Personal Documents and Information Online

CHICAGO – Feb. 3, 2021 – PRLog — Prisidio, a secure online vault where people can store and organize their most important documents and information, today announced a $3.3 million Seed round, co-led by OCA Ventures and Origin Ventures.

Prisidio is a private and secure cloud vault where people can centrally collect, store, organize, and share critical personal information, accessible only by close family members and trusted advisors. Information stored on Prisidio may include wills and trusts, legal agreements, health records, property and financial holdings, and other vital documents.

More than just a digital safety deposit box, Prisidio provides intelligent assistance to guide people through the process of identifying, documenting, and managing their physical and digital assets, as well as keeping those assets up to date. The platform gets people’s lives organized and affairs in order for retirement, business ventures, estate planning, or any unforeseen life events.

The company’s co-founders, Glenn Shimkus, CEO, and Paul Koziarz, CMO, have decades of digital document and workflow technology experience, having sold their prior startup, Cartavi, to DocuSign in 2013. Following the acquisition, they remained at DocuSign to help its successful expansion beyond e-signatures to the Agreement Cloud.

“We store our most vital information in myriad locations, so when we need critical information, we often struggle to find it,” said Glenn Shimkus, CEO and co-founder. “Even worse, if something were to happen to us suddenly, a risk the global pandemic has made quite real, our loved ones are left to search for the proverbial needle in a haystack. Prisidio provides families with security, convenience, and ultimately, peace of mind, knowing they are prepared for whatever life may bring their way.”

Today, most consumers’ critical and sensitive information is spread across multiple physical and digital locations. People write in paper notebooks, save PDFs on hard drives, send countless emails updating key information, or, worse, don’t have critical information inventoried and organized at all. With Prisidio, users have a highly-secure centralized location to organize and manage their vital information, such as key contacts, estate documents, or medical directives, and can share that information with those they trust—now or in the future.

“The market for identifying and organizing important personal information is ripe for disruption,” said Jim Dugan, Managing Partner and Co-founder of OCA Ventures. “Glenn and Paul have the industry expertise, entrepreneurial drive, and early-stage experience to make Prisidio into a best-in-class solution. OCA was proud to invest in them when they launched Cartavi in 2012, and we are delighted to do so again today.”

“Consumers can quickly highlight leading companies that can file their taxes or make a restaurant reservation, but there is no leading brand focused on safeguarding vital documents and information for families,” said Jason Heltzer, Managing Partner at Origin Ventures. “Yet there is a big need, in that less than 40 percent of US adults have a will, and Gen Xers aren’t going to a brick-and-mortar bank to put paper into a safety deposit box. I look forward to working with Glenn and Paul again to help build the dominant brand in the space.”

Prisidio will use the investment to build out its leadership, technical, and marketing teams, drawing on the Chicago roots of its founding team as it expands its company and product.

About Prisidio:

Prisidio is a secure online vault for consumers to store their most important documents and information. Its cloud-based platform allows users to store, organize, manage, and share key documents and information with their family and advisors in one secure and easy-to-access digital location. Prisidio is led by two document management veterans, Glenn Shimkus and Paul Koziarz, who together founded and built real estate document management software company Cartavi, which was acquired by DocuSign ($DOCU) in 2013. For information about Prisidio, visit

About Origin Ventures:

Origin Ventures is an early-stage venture capital firm founded in 1999 that invests in high-growth technology companies creating software and marketplaces for the “Digital Native Economy.” Origin Ventures was an early investor in Grubhub, Cameo, BacklotCars, Tovala, Tock, 15Five, and other market leaders. The investment team are all former operators and engineers with an average of 15 years of venture investing experience, with experience at Google, Twitter, SAP, and Metromile, among others. Origin’s offices in Chicago and Salt Lake City provide access to “between the coasts” investment opportunities in the U.S. and Canada. Learn more at

About OCA Ventures:

OCA Ventures is an early stage (Seed, Series A, and Series B) venture capital firm focused on equity investments in companies with dramatic growth potential, primarily in technology and highly-scalable businesses. OCA invests in many industries, with a preference for technology, financial services and healthcare technology. Founded in 1999, the firm is investing out of its fourth fund in companies across the United States with offices in Chicago and Palo Alto. Learn more at