Ernst & Young: Learning Partnerships and Career Watch Programs Makes This Firm an Employer of Choice

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Ernst & Young: Learning Partnerships and Career Watch Programs Makes This Firm an Employer of Choice


Leger, Katarina, Diversity Employers


Malcomb D. Coley

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Title: Audit Partner with Ernst & Young LLP's Assurance and Advisory Business Services

Education: B.S. in accounting (1986) and MBA (1989) from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington

Professional Affiliations: 100 Black Men of Atlanta, Inc., American Institute of CPAs, National Association of Black Accountants, North Carolina Association of CPAs, Vice President on the Board of Directors for Rehab Therapy Inc., Executive Advisory Board for the Cameron School of Business (UNC-Wilmington)

Why did you choose to join Ernst & Young?

After interviewing with several firms, I chose Ernst & Young because I really liked the people culture. I was convinced that Ernst & Young is committed to providing a progressive, flexible, and inclusive workplace that values my individual contributions.

How did Ernst & Young meet your expectations?

Ernst & Young has exceeded my expectations by providing me with the necessary resources to be successful both professionally and personally. Ernst & Young has an inclusive environment where the diversity of our employees' background is appreciated and leveraged. People are challenged and able to develop both professionally and personally.

Can you describe Ernst & Young's diversity initiatives?

We have several diversity-focused career development programs here at Ernst & Young. Minority employees are, for example, offered access to senior leadership through our Learning Partnerships mentoring program. We also have a Career Watch program where leadership takes part in the career planning of minority professionals. We help our professionals to identify development opportunities, expose them to top clients and improve their sales skills through on-the-job training. Workplace diversity is important at Ernst & Young. Each of our 13 regions in the U.S and Canada have diversity steering committees working towards the long-term success of minority professionals and of creating a more inclusive environment which benefits all of our professionals. In addition, the firm has other important initiatives supporting recruiting and supplier diversity.

Why are minority students important to your Firm's success?

Our firm believes that workplace diversity gives us an opportunity to leverage the individuality of all our people. By doing so we can advance our position in the market place, create the best solutions for our clients as well as mitigate risk. …

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