Past Events

View highlights and recaps from recent PENCIL events. Missed out on the action? Stay updated on our social media channels and on our PENCIL events page. PENCIL hosts several events throughout the year, ranging from our annual gala and dinner to Principal For A Day®. Participating in PENCIL events is a great way to connect to our network and learn more about how you can support PENCIL through either fundraising or volunteer opportunities.


Guppy Tank 2018

Congratulations to the 2018 Guppy Tank App Challenge Finalists!
Check out our photos from the Culminating Event.




Principal for a Day 2018

Thank you for joining us on May 8, 2018, for one of New York City’s most prestigious and enduring opportunities to support public education—PENCIL’s Principal For A Day®. Check out pictures from select PFAD visits.




A+E2016 Boss for a Day

On July 7th,  PENCIL held our second annual BOSS FOR A DAY.  BOSS FOR A DAY kicked off our 2016 PENCIL Fellows program and provides 200 students with real-world access to NYC business leaders, preparing them for their summer internship and so much more. Click here to view highlights from the day.

Read the press release for PENCIL’s city-wide Boss for a Day event.



IMG_4213Ride with PENCIL

On Thursday, June 23, over 60 people came out to Ride with PENCIL, and many more donated to this high-energy, high-impact event! During the signature SoulCycle class, PENCIL supporters rode their bikes alongside Adrienne Bailon, of The Real and The Cheetah Girls, to do something great for the students of New York City and themselves.

PENCIL Executive Leadership Council members Gerd Alexander and Michael Mervis led the charge and helped Ride with PENCIL raise over $20,000 to guide students on the path to success. Thank you to everyone who supported and participated in Ride with PENCIL. Read more here.


2016 United Airlines NYC Half logoTeam PwC Runs NYC for PENCIL

A team of runners from PENCIL Partner PwC put the “fun” in fundraising as they raced to collect donations and medals from the United Airlines NYC Half Marathon, hosted by The New York Road Runners.  Championed by PENCIL Board of Directors member Mitchell M. Roschelle, the PwC team raised over $26,000. The team ran 13.1 miles and raised nearly double the rate of $1,000 per mile.

Wow! Thank you, Team PwC! See photos on our blog. And you can sign up to join Team PENCIL for the 2016 TCS NYC Marathon here!



Deloitte Impact DayPENCIL Power Breakfast: PENCIL Partner Deloitte Leverages PENCIL Programming to Impact Hundreds of Students in NYC

Collaborating with PENCIL for over 10 years, Deloitte has impacted more than 15 schools, served thousands of students and leveraged the power of hundreds of employee volunteers.

In addition, we heard directly from the volunteers, school staff and students who are working together to innovate the way in which the business community opens doors for students across New York City to succeed in college and their future careers.



PENCIL Power Breakfast Feb 2016PENCIL Power Breakfast: Building a Community of Change

PENCIL Partner Snohetta hosted our second Power Breakfast, sponsored by Trinity Wall Street, to discuss how the Downtown Initiative is bringing together businesses and schools to create meaningful business-public school student partnership opportunities that demonstrate the strength and impact of the downtown community.

Read our blog post here.



Twitter and BK LatinPENCIL and Twitter team up for #FridayForGood

As part of Twitter’s global day of service, #FridayForGood, volunteers from Twitter’s New York headquarters helped students at Manhattan Business Academy and The Brooklyn Latin School practice interviewing skills. Opportunities like these fall under PENCIL’s Points of Engagement, tailored employee engagement opportunities offered by PENCIL to provide our corporate partners with single-day, student-centered volunteer events that directly impact New York City public schools.

Twitter featured a guest post about the day by our own Gregg Betheil, Vice President, Programs, on their blog. You can read a student-focused version here.


IMG_2577PENCIL Partner The New York Times hosts career panel for Hispanic Heritage Month

PENCIL Partner The New York Times hosted a career panel for three different high schools in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month. This event highlights a new facet of PENCIL programming, PENCIL Points of Engagement, tailored employee engagement opportunities offered by PENCIL to provide our corporate partners with single-day, student-centered volunteer events that directly impact New York City public schools.

Students learned all about different roles that make The New York Times function on both a local, national and global scale for the heralded daily. See more photos on our Facebook.


2015 PENCIL Gala

The 2015 PENCIL Annual Gala brought together business and education leaders to celebrate 20 years of PENCIL’s work with the New York City business and public education communities, helping students build a strong foundation for their future. We honored Seth Pinsky, Executive Vice President at RXR Realty, as the Champion of New York for his commitment to many important causes that improve New York City, including PENCIL’s work at the intersection of business and education.

Emceed by Christina Park, FOX5 Weekend News Anchor, the event raised over $1.7 million. View multimedia highlights and a list of sponsors from the event.




IMG_38202015 PENCIL Power Breakfast

On September 30, PENCIL convened an opportunity for newer members of our network to learn more about how they can get involved. About 50 new and old PENCIL Partners gathered at PENCIL Partner Hyatt Times Square to share best practices and learn about new opportunities for corporate engagement through PENCIL’s programming. A panel discussion, led by PENCIL Executive Leadership Council member Tanya Amaya of PENCIL Partner BNY Mellon and PENCIL Partners Shadoe Tarver of Bloomberg LP and Chris Douglass of LinkedIn, ignited passionate and thoughtful discussions about business and civic involvement in New York City public schools.


2015 PENCIL Fellows Culminating Event

On August 13, we ended the summer with our 2015 PENCIL Fellows and their Business Mentor host companies at a wonderful evening at NYU. Steve Meringoff sponsored a Scholarship Competition for the Fellows and awarded six prizes to deserving students. Michael Haberman addressed the assembled group, highlighting the 40 Fellows placements subsidized by a grant from the JPMorgan Chase Foundation.




2015 PENCIL Fellows Working Breakfasts with JPMorgan Chase

PENCIL Fellows participated in two working breakfasts over the course of the summer.  The first, held at Proskauer Rose LLP, focused on financial literacy. It was led by business volunteers from JPMorgan Chase and timed to coincide with the arrival of Fellows first paychecks!




IMG_35062015 PENCIL Fellows Working Breakfast with LinkedIn

Later in the summer, LinkedIn volunteers led a session on networking and developing your personal brand, which included helping the Fellows refine their LinkedIn profiles!





2015 Celebration Party

This past July over 100 business and school partners enjoyed food and drink at game. as we celebrated a productive school year and kicked off the PENCIL Fellows internship season.  We announced the winners of our 2015 Partnership Award winners and launched our 20th Anniversary Community Crowdfunding Challenge.




NY1 Covers BOSS FOR A DAY in English and Spanish

NY1 covered PENCIL’s BOSS FOR A DAY in English and Spanish, which is great for many of our students and families. Click here to watch in English and click here to watch in Spanish!





My9NJ covered PENCIL’s first BOSS FOR A DAY event through the eyes of a newschaser Sibile Marcellus and PENCIL Fellow Angel! Check out the multimedia story here!




1010Wins Covers BOSS FOR A DAY

1010WINS host Jim Powers had PENCIL President David Weiner on the air to discuss the importance of BOSS FOR A DAY. Click here to listen!





On June 30, 20 years after our first PRINCIPAL FOR A DAY, we created a new program: BOSS FOR A DAY. Rather than bring business and civic leaders into schools to serve as principals for a day, we brought hundreds of NYC public school students into businesses for a day, to give them exposure to actual workplace environments and the successful business professionals who work there. Click here to read the full press release.



NY1 Spotlights PENCIL Fellows

NY1 Education Reporter Lindsey Christ reported on PENCIL Fellows during their Anatomy of a Business workshop with PENCIL Partner LinkedIn. Watch here to see PENCIL President David Weiner and PENCIL Fellows Azeezat and David talk about how the program has transformed their lives for college and career success.



craings logoCrain’s Interview with PENCIL President David Weiner

Crain’s New York Business recently featured PENCIL and President David Weiner on their The Insider blog. Read the Crain’s article here.


2014 PENCIL Fellows Culminating Event

On August 14, nearly 140 PENCIL Fellows and their Business Mentors capped off a summer of on-the-job learning and skill development with a celebratory event, hosted by PENCIL Partner Ogilvy & Mather. For photo highlights of the event, click here.




2014 PENCIL Gala

PENCIL’s Power of Partnership Annual Gala brought together business and education leaders to celebrate how two PENCIL leaders, pwc and JPMorgan Chase, are helping schools and students build a strong foundation for their future. Emceed by TODAY show anchor and correspondent, Jenna Wolfe, the event raised nearly $1.6 million. Check out video clips and photo highlights from the event.



2013 Principal for a Day

A week before NYC’s mayoral election, three leading voices in public education, NY State Board of Regents Chancellor Merryl H. Tisch, Council of School Supervisors & Administrators President Ernest A. Logan, and NYC Partnership President & CEO Kathryn S. Wylde, joined PENCIL’s network of business and school partners to discuss Common Core, teacher evaluations, and other pressing trends in NYC education. The event was moderated by NY1 Education Report Lindsey Christ and sponsored by Macy’s. For video clips of the event, click here.



2013 PENCIL Gala

PENCIL business leaders, educators and students honored three incredible PENCIL partners, Jet Blue Airways, Christopher Hayward, and Howard Chatzinoff, for their extraordinary commitment to New York City’s public schools. Rosanna Scotto, Co-Anchor of FOX 5’s Good Day New York, served as Mistress of Ceremonies. For video clips of the event, click here.