PricewaterhouseCoopers: A Goal to Achieve Greater Diversity through Innovative Programs Including Mentoring Partnership Program and Minority Circles

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PricewaterhouseCoopers: A Goal to Achieve Greater Diversity through Innovative Programs Including Mentoring Partnership Program and Minority Circles


Leger, Katarina, Diversity Employers


STEVEN MENDEZ

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Title: Manager, Assurance

Description of position: Consumer and Industrial Products and Services Industry

University Degree: BA--Accounting & Information Systems, Queens College, CUNY

With the company: January 1999

Words of advice: The accounting profession plays a crucial role in the capital markets. It is full of challenges and we are always looking for people with integrity that are willing to accept these challenges as opportunities. Whatever you do in life, keep a positive attitude, welcome challenges as opportunities, and never forget where you came from. It is important that we continuously give back to our profession and community.

Why did you choose to join PricewaterhouseCoopers?

It was a pretty competitive recruiting process amongst all of the accounting firms I interviewed with. In the end the people made the difference. Throughout the interview process, the interaction with the professional staff was incredible, and I felt that PwC offered a real, down to earth team-oriented environment where executives are both approachable and supportive.

How have your circumstances changed since then?

PwC, as a firm as well as our profession, has gone through many changes in the past few years. I am learning something new every day and pride myself in working hard. I take advantage when opportunities present themselves.

What are you proudest about PricewaterhouseCoopers?

PwC's strong commitment to the people working for the company makes me proud. I also feel good about being part of a team that adds genuine value through working on complicated issues for companies all over the world. PwC's key values are teamwork, excellence and leadership. I truly believe that they are all represented in the way we do business here at PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Describe your company's diversity initiatives?

PricewaterhouseCoopers is committed to diversity. We know that a diverse staff brings better perspective to the solutions we provide to our clients. Recognizing this, we have put many initiatives in place to achieve our diversity goals. New hires can, among other things, take part in our new hire transition program or our minority circles program. We also offer minority scholarship programs and often participate in conferences organized by minority organizations. Organizations we support include: Association of Latino Professionals in Finance and Accounting (ALPFA), Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU), INROADS, Catalyst, and National Association of Black Accountants (NABA).

From personal experience I can say that PwC has been very supportive in my involvement with ALPFA. Just recently PwC was the lead sponsor of ALPFA's national convention and employees from all over the country attended the event. In addition, many of the local ALPFA initiatives are supported by PwC as well.

Are you seeing any results from your efforts?

Today, 30% of our campus hires are people of color. While this represents progress, we know that there is more to be done. We are continuously working on building upon the success that we've had so far.

SANDRA REID

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Title: Senior Manager in the Assurance Practice

Description of position: Provide technical advice to engagement teams in the resolution of complex accounting transactions

University Degree: BBA in Accounting from the University of Houston

With the company: Since October 1998

Words of advice: Success is where opportunity meets preparation.

Why did you choose to join PricewaterhouseCoopers?

I joined PwC in October of 1998. I was especially attracted to the challenge of the job and the great professional environment. Top-notch people within the accounting profession work at PwC and that makes it a stimulating place to work. …

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