Deirdre Didden McAllister, of Darien, has been promoted to corporate relations liaison at Future 5, a not-for-profit organization for at-risk Stamford high school students.

Future 5, and its 37 community volunteers, most longtime professionals, target students at risk of graduating high school without an actionable plan to transition to a two- or four-year college, vocational training or the military. To help students make connections and develop their personalized plan, Future 5 conducts workshops to develop a plan to achieve success in the next stage of their lives. Of the 132 Future 5 graduates, 92 percent committed to two- or four-year colleges, trade school or the military and 99 percent have graduated from high school.

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As corporate relations liaison, McAllister will be responsible for Future 5 student programs within the corporate community, including the F5 College Club that was initiated with PWC to give F5's community college students an education in financial literacy; its Job Prep program implementing the job shadowing aspect with Ashforth, Nielsen and Bank of Ireland' and F5's Open Speaker and Brainwave series, as well as any events or programs established within the corporate community.

McAllister, the mother of two children, has been a volunteer at Future 5 for two years, both as a staff coach and as a co-coordinator of the Job Prep program. Before Future 5, she worked at Capula Investment Management and Sound Shore Management.

A graduate of College of the Holy Cross, she holds a master's degree in applied psychology from Fairfield University.