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Ernst & Young's Carolyn Slaski Named Woman of the Year by American Society for Women Accountants; Ernst & Young Also Awarded for Work/Life Integration Efforts.

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NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Oct. 16, 2002

Ernst & Young's Carolyn Slaski was named Woman of the Year by the American Society of Women Accountants (ASWA) in recognition of her commitment to work/life integration and for serving as a role model for other women in the accounting profession. The ASWA also presented Ernst & Young with the Accounting Firm Award for making work/life integration a priority for all of the firm's people and for its commitment to the development and advancement of its women professionals.

The Woman of the Year award and the Accounting Firm Award will be presented to Ernst & Young on Friday, October 18th, at the ASWA's annual conference in New Orleans as part of the ASWA's Balance Awards: Celebrating the Dimensions of Success(TM) program.

Carolyn Slaski: Woman of the Year

A Westfield, N.J. native and mother of three boys, Carolyn Slaski was promoted to partner in Ernst & Young's Assurance and Advisory Business Services (AABS) practice while working on a reduced schedule. From 2000 until 2002, she served as Americas Director of Human Resources for the AABS practice. Most recently, she accepted an overseas assignment in Ernst & Young's Frankfurt, Germany office working with U.S. multinational companies. She is also working with the firm's Capital Markets group advising registrants of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on various accounting and auditing rules and regulations.

Carolyn has worked closely with the firm's National Director of Work/Life Integration to ensure that innovative work/life tools are incorporated into the AABS business model and that flexible work arrangements are actively supported throughout the practice. She has also worked with other members of the firm's leadership to develop high potential women executives and enrich the firm's leadership pool.

Claude Fusco, Office Managing Partner of Ernst & Young's New Jersey office, said: "It is women like Carolyn who are truly paving the way for younger women entering the accounting profession. She serves as a stellar example of someone who has achieved career success and has made her family a priority at the same time."

Ernst & Young: Accounting Firm Award

Ernst & Young has long been a champion of helping its people -- both men and women -- integrate their work and their lives outside of the office. Ernst & Young's efforts to further the careers of its women professionals include Professional Women's Networks that bring together women from both inside and outside of the firm; an annual firmwide global Women's Leadership Conference; Women's Forum meetings and speaker series; Career Watch committees that track top performers; and an executive-level Gender Equity Task Force to monitor progress and spread best practices.

James Freer, Ernst & Young's Americas Vice Chair, People, said: "Ernst & Young is pleased to be recognized for the strides we have made in creating a quality work environment for all our people. Increasingly, young professionals entering the workforce today recognize that it is possible to pursue both a challenging and fulfilling career and a robust personal life at the same time."

Ernst & Young has been recognized by Fortune magazine as one of the "100 Best Companies to Work For" for four consecutive years and by Working Mother Magazine as one of the "100 Best Companies for Working Mothers" six times. Ernst & Young is one of only seven companies that have been on both lists for the past four years.

About Ernst & Young LLP

Ernst & Young LLP, a global leader in professional services, understands the business issues that are important to senior executives. With extensive business knowledge and hands-on industry experience, the global Ernst & Young organization can implement a broad array of solutions to help companies capture growth, improve financial performance and manage risk -- anywhere in the world. Its 110,000 people serve as trusted business advisers in more than 130 countries, offering audit, tax, corporate finance and transaction services across all industries to many of today's leading global corporations, as well as emerging growth companies. In addition, legal services are available in various parts of the world where permitted. A collection of Ernst & Young's views on a variety of business issues can be found at

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