PENCIL News Clips

Check out our news clips featuring coverage of our School Partnerships, Internship Program, PENCIL Points of Engagement, Annual Gala, Principal For A Day® and much more from various news media outlets.


GoldenTree Asset Management Partner & President, Christopher Hayward, Succeeds Weil, Gotshal & Manges Partner Howard Chatzinoff as PENCIL Board Chair

July 8, 2019

Christopher Hayward, Partner and President, GoldenTree Asset Management, LP, has been elected Chair of the organization’s Board of Directors. He succeeds Howard Chatzinoff, Partner, Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP, who will continue to serve on PENCIL’s Board of Directors. Read more.



Bombas Co-Founders Randy Goldberg & David Heath Visit P.S. 188 on Principal For A Day

May 1, 2019

In an interview with Good News Planet, Bombas Co-Founders share their experience on Principal For A Day. Read more and listen here.



SSWAnalytics Shares What They Learned Going Back to School

May 1, 2019

On Principal For A Day, SSWAnalytics visited P.S. 199X – The Shakespeare School in the Bronx and learned a lot about the school as well its its incredible principal, students and staff in the process. Read more.




The Prom Visits Talent Unlimited High School

April 23, 2019

On Principal For A Day, Talent Unlimited High School played host to a visit from Broadway’s The Prom, the hit musical currently playing at the Longacre Theatre. Read more.



A&E’s Abbe Raven Talks About Her Continued Support Of Principal For A Day

April 22, 2019

Queens native Abbe Raven took part in PENCIL’s annual Principal For A Day® program. She explains why she participates each year and what the day means to her. Read more.




PENCIL Announces Appointment of DTCC’s Cosgrove & JPMorgan Chase’s Warren to Vice Chairs of Board

April 22, 2019

Susan Cosgrove, Managing Director and Chief Financial Officer at The Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation (DTCC), and Lewis M. Warren, Jr., Managing Director and National Industry Executive of Government Banking in the Commercial Bank of JPMorgan Chase, have been appointed as Vice Chairs of the PENCIL Board of Directors. Read more.



PENCIL In The News: Cynopsis Media

April 17, 2019

PENCIL held its flagship Principal For A Day program, marking 25 years of partnerships between the business community and New York public schools to promote student success. Business leaders including A+E Networks Chairman Emeritus, Abbe Raven, and co-producer Martin Tackel at Talent Unlimited High School, and the cast of Broadway’s The Prom participated in schools throughout the city.



PENCIL’s Flagship Principal For a Day® Program Brings Hundreds of Business Leaders Back To School On April 16: MySocialGoodNews

April 9, 2019

PENCIL is proud to announce its flagship Principal For A Day® will be held on April 16, 2019, marking 25 years of meaningful partnerships between the business community and New York City public schools. During this year’s Principal For A Day® event, over 150 business and civic leaders will visit public schools across all five boroughs to experience a “day-in-the-life” of a school Principal. Read more.


Union Square Hospitality Group’s Mark Leavitt visits New York City’s Food and Finance High School

June 7, 2018

Thank you to The New Food Economy for this great interview with PENCIL’s Principal For A Day® participant, Mark Leavitt of Union Square Hospitality Group. The Principal & students at Food and Finance High School Food Education Fund had an incredible #PFAD2018




Cablefax’s Abbe Raven Gives Back to NYC School as Principal For A Day®

May 14, 2018

The interim chief found time to take part in PENCIL’s Principal For A Day® program, an initiative that brings executives into NYC public schools to shadow the schools’ principals, assist with classroom management and speak with the students of potential opportunities at their companies. Read more.





New York Business Leaders Were Principal For A Day® In Public Schools Across NYC On May 8th

May 10, 2018

NYC Based Non-Profit PENCIL Hosted Annual Program that Brings Successful New Yorkers Into Public Schools to Collaborate with Educators and Mentor Students Across the Five Boroughs. Read more.





Principal For A Day® Initiative Builds Dialogue Between Businesses and Schools

May 8, 2018

Nonprofit has business execs shadow public school principals. Read more.



A&E Networks Chair is Principal For A Day® in Queens

May 8, 2018

Acting Chairman of A&E Networks Abbe Raven acted as the Principal For A Day® at the Arts and Humanities Magnet High School in Cambria Heights. Read more.



Times Square Billboard

Principal For A Day® Billboard in Times Square

May 8, 2018








PENCIL’s Flagship Principal For A Day® Program Brings Hundreds of Business Leaders Back to School

May 8, 2018

PENCIL is proud to announce the return of the Principal For A Day® (PFAD) initiative on May 8, marking more than 20 years of forging meaningful partnerships between local businesses and New York City public schools. Read more.


NYU Alumni Global Day of Service

April 28, 2018

NYU Alumni Association Team conducted 75 mock interviews and resume feedback sessions with students from PENCIL. Statistics: 41 sites across the globe, 493 volunteers, 1,467 service hours completed, #34.5K estimated economic impact.


5th Annual Young Women’s Leadership Summit Hosted by Bloomberg

March 14th, 2018

On Saturday, March 3, 2018, Bloomberg hosted its 5th annual Startup Young Women’s Leadership Summit, convening 500 high school and college-aged girls at the Metropolitan Museum of Art for a day of networking and mentoring. Read more.



A judge walks into a school (May 22, 2017)

The West Side Spirit covered one of our events for Principal for a Day at MLK High School where students spoke with New York State Supreme Court Justice Rosalyn Richter and Ryan Rasdall, a legal assistant with Lambda Legal Defense Fund’s Transgender Rights Project. Read more here.



Young NYC Students Create Apps During PENCIL Event (May 22, 2017)

Sibile Marcellus of Chasing News covered one of the Principal for a Day events, Guppy Tank. She talked to the students who participated at CA Technologies. Check out the video recap here.




Principal for a Day is back with a new focus: college and career readiness (May 15, 2017)

Chalkbeat spoke with PENCIL President Gregg Betheil about Principal for a Day and the shift the organization has made toward helping students prepare for college and the workforce. Read more here.


Why We Revived Principal For A Day® (May 15, 2017)

Crain’s New York Business recently featured PENCIL and President Gregg Betheil about why Principal for A Day is important and the role business leaders can play in NYC public education today. Read the Crain’s article here.



Chasing News at Intern Training Week! 

Chasing News reporter Sibile Marcellus spoke to hundreds of NYC high school students at the High School for Fashion Industries during an event at this year’s internship program training. Check out the video recap here.



Fellows Culminating Event

Watch Sibile Marcellus’ segment for Chasing News from our Fellows Culminating Event where she recaps her participation in Boss for a Day and speaks with PENCIL President, Gregg Betheil. Click here for video.





Boss for a Day 2016

Public school students across New York City kicked off their summer internships by experiencing what it is like to be the BOSS FOR A DAY. PENCIL’s city-wide event BOSS FOR A DAY involved hundreds of high school students visiting businesses across New York City to gain exposure to a successful workplace and speak directly with business leaders about their first job experiences and how to make the most of a summer internship. Read about students visiting the Daily News and coverage of college and career readiness training, including the event, on Chalk Beat. See video clips of the interns at NY1 and PIX 11 and watch the video of the Chasing News Team at Cunningham Corner.


CA Technologies logoCA Technologies/PENCIL Guppy Tank
PENCIL Partner CA Technologies teamed up with P.S. 224 in the Bronx to challenge students to create a revolutionary app. The results were amazing. See FOX5’s news coverage of the challenge here.



Gregg 3-29Gregg Betheil Appointed New President of PENCIL

Read about appointment of Gregg Betheil, formerly PENCIL’s Chief Program Officer, as its new president in the Chronicle of Philanthropy. Visit our blog for full write up, press release, and video clip of the announcement.

Read the announcement in News Record, a local NJ paper.



PENCIL Partner CetraRuddy and School Partnership featured in NYU Alumni Magazine

You can read the clip in NYU’s alumni magazine here.




JPMorgan Chase & Co. features PENCIL Fellows alumnus Anthony Louis and PENCIL Fellows Program

PENCIL Partner and generous supporter of the PENCIL Fellows Program, JPMorgan Chase & Co., featured PENCIL Fellows alumnus Anthony Louis and the PENCIL Fellows Program on their corporate blog to highlight their corporate social responsibility commitment to combat youth unemployment through #SkillsForYouth. Read more here.



chalkbeatChalkbeat NY reports that PENCIL Board Member Charles Bendit to resign from New York State Board of Regents

PENCIL Board of Directors and longtime PENCIL Partner, Charles Bendit, will resign from his role on the New York State Board of Regents. “I’ve always been passionate about what we, as members of the private sector, have in supporting public education,” Charles Bendit, Co-CEO of Taconic Investment Partners, said in the Chalkbeat New York article. Read more here.


QueeQueens Gazette reports on home-borough happenings with PENCIL School Partnership field trip to JFK

American Airlines and PENCIL brought education out of the classroom and into the workplace December 3 with the culmination of a semester-long partnership program that brought 65 Astoria sixth graders to John F. Kennedy International Airport for an exclusive tour of the facility and an opportunity to gain hands-on career experience at an early age. Read more here.


chalkbeatChalkbeat New York’s daily newsletter, Rise & Shine, features PENCIL Partnership for “Extra Credit”

As part of the PENCIL School Partnership with American Airlines and IS 141Q in Astoria, Queens, a group of 65 sixth-graders enjoyed a behind-the-scenes tour of the airline’s terminal and hangar at John F. Kennedy International Airport. From the cockpit to the baggage claim, these students had a first-class culmination to a semester’s worth of science, technology, engineering and mathematics supplementary career skills building and awareness. Get ready for takeoff and read more 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. Watch News12 Brooklyn’s coverage on our YouTube.


Cosgrove-SPENCIL Elects DTCC Chief Financial Officer Susan Cosgrove to its Board of Directors 

PENCIL, one of New York’s leading education nonprofits, today announced the election of Susan Cosgrove, Managing Director and Chief Financial Officer of The Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation, to its Board of Directors.

Ms. Cosgrove leads DTCC’s global finance and treasury teams where she oversees the company’s efforts to further strengthen its financial processes and capital position. DTCC is a critical infrastructure and solution provider to the global financial markets, mitigating risk, increasing transparency and driving efficiency for thousands of broker/dealers, custodian banks and asset managers worldwide. The firm has been an active participant and supporter of PENCIL for almost a decade. Read the full press release here.


Good Day New York Interviews PENCIL President David Weiner and PENCIL Fellows

Good Day New York featured PENCIL on a news segment focused on the importance of summer jobs.  Click here to watch (starts at 6:16).



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.





Crain’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.