A recognized commitment to women's leadership
Our commitment to advancing women throughout our ranks and into leadership positions has contributed to our reputation as one of FORTUNE magazine’s 100 Best Companies to Work For in the US. In addition, we’ve been ranked in the top 10 on Working Mother magazine’s annual 100 Best Companies for Working Mothers list in the US, marking the seventh year in a row in the top 10 and our 16th appearance on the list.
In fact, the number of women in top executive management positions has increased by more than 20% as a result of our focused efforts. A strong “tone at the top” from senior leaders holds our executives accountable for the development and advancement of women.
We have made a concerted effort to engage men in women’s advancement by opening up more dialogue between men and women on the local business unit level via Inclusiveness Steering Committees, encouraging candid discussions about critical issues and experiences, and establishing several mentoring and sponsorship initiatives, and networks.
The road to leadership
As our women move up the ranks, we provide education, mentoring, sponsorship and networking opportunities geared toward their professional needs. Some examples include:
- Professional Women's Network — This network fosters the exchange of knowledge and experiences through learning, as well as internal and market-facing networking events, and provides exposure and leadership opportunities to women at all levels. Issues On My Mind® is an example of a program our New York Tri-State Professional Women’s Network hosts with senior women executives to facilitate idea sharing on topics ranging from healthcare delivery to financial strategy. Additionally, our other Professional Networks (such as our EY AccessAbilitiesTM Network, Unity Network, Black Professional Network, Latino Professional Network, Pan Asian Professional Network, Today's Families, and Veterans Network) provide additional opportunities for leadership development and networking for our women.
- Career Watch — Career Watch focuses on the development of our partner/principal pipeline by providing our high potential women with access to key experiences and opportunities that help them fully develop their potential. Career Watch committees, comprised of local leadership, help get high-performing women senior managers and experienced managers assigned to specific clients, key sales opportunities and other office leadership roles, and make sure the women receive candid performance feedback and career advice.
- Inclusiveness Leadership Program — We support a formal program that pairs high-performing partners and principals with an executive coach, as well as with members of our Americas Executive who serve as mentors.
Connecting with entrepreneurs worldwide
Seasoned role models and access to business-building networks are critical for entrepreneurs to accelerate growth. Through EY Entrepreneurial Winning Women™, we use our resources and convening power to help women entrepreneurs achieve the full potential they envision for their growing companies.
The program identifies and celebrates high-potential female entrepreneurs and provides them with personalized one-on-one business insights and advice, as well as insider access to strategic networks of established entrepreneurs, executives, advisors and investors.