Women of Vision National Geographic Photographers on Assignment

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At PNC, Art Matters

In Nepal, a teen bride wails as she leaves her family home, and we are there.

In Afghanistan, labor begins for a veiled woman on an arid hilltop, and we are there.

In Mexico, teen-agers at the beach mingle and preen, and we are there.

Working together, PNC and National Geographic will present an exhibition that captures incredible diversity, passion and adventure, but most precious of all, a shared human experience.

At PNC, we understand the power of photography to transport us to far-flung lands or introduce us to fresh ideas. Art enriches our quality of life, elicits wonder in children and inspires whole communities. It’s why PNC supports projects such as Women of Vision: On Assignment with National Geographic Photographers.

PNC’s commitment to the arts is felt in every market we serve, but it’s perhaps most visible through Arts Alive, (www.pncartsalive.com) a grant program that challenges visual and performing groups to expand audience participation and engagement. For supporting the arts, we were named in 2013 as one of country’s 10 “Best Businesses Partnering with the Arts in America.”

Clearly, art matters at PNC, so it was a natural fit to team with National Geographic for this historic exhibition. In six cities through 2016, exhibition visitors will be transported to corners of the globe and stand witness to the glories of nature. Women of Vision offers us all a chance to learn more about each other and the world we share.

Working together, PNC and National Geographic will present an exhibition that captures incredible diversity, passion and adventure, but most precious of all, a shared human experience.

Banking on Women

Beyond the arts, there is a common thread of recognizing and understanding the challenges, risks and achievements routinely experienced by successful women, whether deciding when to expand a business or how to tell a compelling story with a camera. PNC and National Geographic have a common interest in women who achieve.

In 2000, PNC bankers began to notice something new. Women were opening businesses at twice the rate of men, and the number of female leaders in the executive ranks was growing, too.

So the bankers began asking questions: What do female business owners and executives want in a banker? What do they need? How can we do a better job of serving this group?

Here’s what we learned, through interviews and research. Men and women do business differently. Communication styles differ, as do expectations and priorities. Women want a banker to be proactive, to listen, to advise. They want a relationship. And so we embarked on a mission to address these needs.

At PNC, bankers undergo rigorous training to understand the opportunities and challenges of female executives and business owners, and then propose a plan for supporting the businesswomen in their communities. To date, there are more than 1,100 PNC-Certified Women's Business Advocates who help female business owners and executives develop strategy, solve problems and increase business.

The number of business advocates has grown more than 80 percent since January 2012 - a testament to the commitment of PNC bankers and a reflection of the growing prominence of female financial decision-makers. And, nearly 30 percent of our advocates are men.

Our commitment to helping women (www.pnc.com/women/) reach their goals is ongoing. And, while PNC recognizes that women don’t need special treatment to be successful, successful women can reach higher when advocates help them achieve.

We Live Here, Too

At PNC, we strive to make our community better places to live, work and play. Our signature philanthropic cause is Grow Up Great, (www.pncgrowupgreat.com) the $350 million, multi-year, bilingual initiative that started in 2004 to help prepare children – especially underserved kids - from birth to age 5 for success in school and in life. More than 1.75 million pre-K children have been helped through grants and other PNC-funded programs.

In the Western Carolina, PNC supports numerous organizations through this program, including the Bethlehem Center, Community School of the Arts, and Discovery Place in Charlotte, N.C.; Greensboro Symphony OrKIDSstra, and the Children’s Museum of the Upstate (S.C).

Beyond early childhood education, support of the arts is another priority. Examples include:

Blumenthal Center for the Performing Arts –Through the PNC Celebrity Series, Charlotte audiences have enjoyed some of the world’s top artists, including Gladys Knight and The O’Jays, Boz Scaggs and Michael McDonald.

Piedmont Opera – PNC’s support helps the Winston-Salem opera company stage two main productions and offer 41 presentations of a children’s opera in elementary schools across North Carolina.

PNC Music Pavilion – Beginning in April 2014, Charlotte’s largest outdoor amphitheater will feature today’s top music acts, including Elton John, One Direction, Tim McGraw, and Lady Antebellum.