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Ernst & Young: access to achieve your potential and make a difference.

Q: Why do you think that minority students have ranked your company as a top employer?

A: Ernst & Young offers programs like Discover Tax and the Horizon Internship Program for ethnically diverse students. When students become aware of these programs, they begin to realize the array of opportunities available to them. I would rank Ernst & Young highly because I think management recognizes that we're not operating as some companies were 50 years ago, where everyone in Corporate America looked the same. There is diversity now. Clients are diverse. To serve a diverse client base you have to be a diverse firm. And we cultivate an inclusive culture where different perspectives are encouraged and valued.

Q: Why did you choose to join Ernst & Young?

A: One reason I chose Ernst & Young was its Your Master Plan program. Ernst & Young is the only firm among the Big Four to offer a program that assists primarily non-accounting majors in obtaining a master's degree in accountancy. Also, corporate responsibility is a big part of Ernst & Young's culture, and that's important to me. My grandparents always taught me to give back. Even when working more than one job, they still had time to give to others. At school, I was very involved in the community and knew it was something that I wanted to continue while starting my career.

Q: How do you feel you have had an opportunity to make a difference?

A: You are encouraged to bring community causes that are important with you into the organization, especially those focusing on education, environmental sustainability and entrepreneur-ship. And I'm glad to have that support. For me it's been very rewarding to raise people's awareness here of the community initiatives for education that I'm involved with. When I teach financial literacy through Operation Hope and can see the recognition in a young student the instant they understand something, it's the greatest gift 1 know of. Knowing I'm helping to shape the future and bring about real change makes me feel good.


Q: What sorts of growth opportunities have you found?

A: I'm very lucky to work with a diverse and inclusive team that encourages growth, both professionally and personally. Partners and senior managers here take time to develop their teams. I was blown away by how involved they are. They encouraged me to continue my involvement in the National Association of Black Accountants and join other networking organizations. We tackle assignments as a team and work together so we each can find time for community and professional organization involvement. People here really care about helping you achieve your potential.

I was on a panel this past summer, where students asked what makes me stay here. Ernst & Young is global, and that gives you so many growth opportunities. From assurance to tax to advisory, there are so many services we offer and new opportunities to learn, challenge yourself and even travel. That's what intrigues me. I keep asking myself, what could I do next?

Q: How do you define success in your career and in life?

A: I define success as when I am passionate about everything I'm doing. And by passionate I mean always improving and looking for the next step to make myself better. As long as I am always learning and growing, 1 am happy. Satisfaction with yourself is really all about your attitude.


* Title:

Senior accountant in Assurance Standard Services

* Education:

Master of Accountancy, University of Virginia

Bachelor of Business Administration, North Carolina Central University

* Community affiliations:

National Association of Black Accountants (NABA) Atlanta Chapter, Financial Literacy Chair

NABA Southern Region Student Conference 2008, Hospitality Chair

March of Dimes volunteer

Operation Hope volunteer

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program (VITA) volunteer

Instruments of Praise Dance Ministry Assistant Director


Ernst & Young is a global leader in assurance, tax, transaction and advisory services.


Worldwide, our 130,000 people are united by our shared values and an unwavering commitment to quality. We make a difference by helping our people, our clients and our wider communities achieve potential.

Master of Accountancy program:

Your Master Plan is a unique program offering primarily non-accounting business majors the opportunity to earn their masters of accountancy degree from the University of Notre Dame or the University of Virginia while working for Ernst & Young. For more information visit the Ernst & Young website or contact Tekla Thornton, 216.583.1551.


Ernst & Young, for purposes of this article, refers to Emst & Young LLP, the client-serving US member firm of the global organization of member firms of Ernst & Young Global Limited. Each member firm is a separate legal entity.
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Title Annotation:PROFILE; Emst & Young LLP
Publication:The Black Collegian
Article Type:Company overview
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Jan 1, 2009
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