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EY hosts annual Discover EY Event and Campus Diversity & Inclusiveness Roundtable to support ethnically diverse students

New York, 4 January 2018

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Discover EY brings together 180 ethnically diverse students from 88 US campuses for a learning and networking workshop

Today more than 180 ethnically diverse students from 88 US campuses will participate in the 12th annual Discover EY event, a program designed to attract diverse candidates to the professional services industry through leadership development, networking and hands-on interactive learning activities.

Parallel to Discover EY, a leading group of university faculty and administrators from more than 24 top undergraduate university programs across the US will convene for the 10th annual Campus Diversity and Inclusiveness Roundtable – where they will share best practices for the attraction, retention and development of the country’s most promising minority students in business schools and more.

“The working world is in the midst of unprecedented change,” said Larry Nash, EY US Recruiting Leader. “At EY, we’re embracing this change by looking for individuals with future-focused skills and mindsets - innovative, willing to challenge entrenched thinking, able to learn new skills and team globally with people from all different disciplines. Discover EY allows us to identify diverse talent at an early stage, raise awareness of a career in professional services to students from ‘non-traditional’ majors, as well as hopefully excite prospective employees about the innovative opportunities at EY.”

Students who attend the three-day event will take part in interactive team-building exercises, leadership seminars, networking opportunities and engage with EY leaders. They will hear first-hand from the EY Global Chairman and CEO, Mark Weinberger; Americas Vice Chair of tax Services, Kate Barton; as well as the Director of Inclusiveness Recruiting for the Americas, Ken Bouyer, about a variety of topics including: the future of work, how to be a “professional of the future,” creating your personal legacy and the business of belonging.

EY’s focus on building relationships with diverse talent starts at the high school level or before. Through programs such as Discover EY, the organization builds awareness about the opportunities within professional services for people of varying backgrounds, skills and experiences. Launched in 2007, the success and expansion of the program is evidenced by an increase in diversity amongst the firm’s entry-level hires. In fact, ethnically diverse employees made up 39 percent of EY’s entry level hires, and 41 percent of its campus hires in Fiscal Year 2017 (FY17).

“Within the EY organization, we firmly believe that diverse teams, made up of mixed ethnicity, gender, ages, skills and experiences are the highest performing. We know that our competitive advantage depends on our ability to leverage the differences of our people,” said Ken Bouyer, EY Americas Director of Inclusiveness Recruiting.

“Recruiting, engaging and aiding in the advancement of ethnic minorities is an integral element to the EY organization’s overall success and remains a key priority of ours. Discover EY is just one of the many programs designed to enhance and create opportunities for the future of our workforce and our profession.”

Campus Diversity and Inclusiveness Roundtable

The 10th annual EY Campus Diversity and Inclusiveness Roundtable provides college and business leaders with the opportunity to participate in forums with leaders from throughout the EY organization to share leading diversity and inclusiveness best practices that can positively impact retention of top underrepresented minority and female students. This year’s 10th annual Roundtable will include sessions on:

  • The future of work
  • How to develop the pipeline of tomorrow’s leaders
  • The integral role D&I plays in recruiting

Many successful university programs have been implemented as a result of the roundtable. Two successful programs implemented by universities include:

  • The Cornell Men of Color Seminar: This course covers networking and developing leadership presence and explores the impact of stereotype threat in the workplace.
  • The University of Washington’s Young Executives of Color Program: A mentorship program where current business-school students mentor high school students. More than 66 percent of the high school participants are first-generation college students. The program includes visits from EY professionals and clients.

To learn more about EY’s campus recruiting efforts and Discovery EY visit www.ey.com.

About EY
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This news release has been issued by Ernst & Young LLP, a member of the global EY organization that provides services to clients in the US.

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