At EY, building a better working world is not just an idealistic tagline—it is the company’s purpose, which it strives to fulfill by doing three things—delivering quality services to clients all over the world, developing outstanding leaders and investing in its communities.
That commitment is illustrated in many of the firm’s philanthropic endeavors. For example, at its annual EY Connect Day, employees around the globe volunteer for their local organizations—along with EY’s efforts to build tomorrow’s leaders and supporting other institutions doing the same. In Denver, the EY office is a dedicated partner of the University of Denver’s Daniels College of Business. The firm recruits from the College’s School of Accountancy and DU’s Graduate Tax Program—and even boasts 39 DU alumni in the Denver office and 94 around the world—but EY’s support runs much deeper than hiring DU graduates.
“Attracting and retaining quality people is important, but our Daniels/DU partnership really underscores what we try to do as a firm,” says Jud Snyder, partner in assurance services and one of EY’s campus coordinating partners for DU (along with Matt Randolph, MAcc, BSAcc 1999). EY is a platinum-level sponsor in the Daniels Corporate Partners program, and joined when the program began. The firm established the Ernst & Young Fund for Excellence in Accounting Education for students in the Daniels School of Accountancy, which awards several scholarships each year. The firm’s scholarship support dates back to 1975, when Arthur Young (who merged with Ernst & Whinney to form EY in 1989) endowed a scholarship to honor Ralph Mayo, a partner and longtime donor to the College.
In addition, EY has supported the Accounting Scholars Development Program at Daniels since its inception—financially and as an active firm participant. The program invites community college students of African American, Latino and Native American descent to Daniels to learn more about accounting and career opportunities. Thanks to the support of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants Foundation and sponsors like EY, the program is free for eligible students.
To top it all off, with over 10 percent of its Denver employees being DU Pioneers, EY’s presence at DU and Daniels is noteworthy. A number of Denver EY employees are active at Daniels. Snyder serves on the advisory board of the School of Accountancy and Randolph serves on the advisory boards of both the School of Accountancy and the Department of Business Information and Analytics. Others include third generation alumna Whitney (Flansburg) Crouse (MAcc, BSAcc 2007), who is a member of the School’s alumni advisory committee. Randolph, Dan Cooper (MAcc 2008) and Rachelle (Barrett) Moulton (MAcc, BSAcc 2008) guest lecture in various accounting courses. And Katrina Schuler (MAcc, BSAcc 2011) mentors undergraduate accounting students.
“Ernst and Young has demonstrated through its actions and its generous financial support that it believes strongly in giving tomorrow’s accounting and business professionals educational opportunities, and that Daniels is a college that it values when making hiring decisions and partnering for industry events and programs,” says Dr. Sharon Lassar, director of the School of Accountancy. “We are so grateful for their generosity. People like Jud Snyder and Matt Randolph in the Denver office are compassionate and supportive advocates for Daniels students, and are always willing to help us by finding speakers in the firm for classes, Beta Alpha Psi meetings and much more. EY is exactly the type of partner that Daniels seeks, and we are thankful that the firm continues to invest in DU students.”
Ernst & Young LLP is a global leader in assurance, tax, transaction and advisory services. The company is dedicated to building a better working world for its people, for clients and communities. EY has over 700 offices in more than 150 countries and 190,000 employees worldwide. The firm has been named the World’s Most Attractive Professional Services Employer (Universum, 2014), a top 100 Best Companies to Work for (Fortune, 2014) and a top professional services organization for diversity (DiversityInc, 2014). Learn more at ey.com.