November 13, 2018

Tell EY’s Mark Weinberger To Quit President Trump’s Business Advisory Council

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I’m overstating the obvious here, but there’s something disturbing when the President of the United States can’t be bothered to unequivocally condemn white supremacists. The fact that I even have to write that sentence blows my mind.

This morning, in response to President Trump’s remarks, Merck CEO Kenneth Frazier announced that he was resigning from the President’s American Manufacturing Council:

Trump, in a moment of grace and humility, accepted Mr. Frazier’s resignation and stated that he had learned from his mistakes.

HAHAHAHAHA. No, not even close:

Right now, business leaders that are serving on any of the President’s advisory councils should be re-thinking that position. And by “re-thinking” I mean, they should quit. Today. Right now. Here’s the full list of them courtesy of Politico’s Dan Diamond:


Hey, look, there’s EY’s Mark Weinberger without his name crossed off.

Mark Weinberger is the global leader of a firm that has gone on record that they want their employees to talk about politics at work. Here’s an entire page on the firm’s website with videos of leaders, including Weinberger, talking about diversity and inclusion. Mark Weinberger has repeatedly gone on record about the importance of diversity and inclusion at EY. Here a video of him giving a 20+ minute speech on it:

You don’t have to watch the whole thing, you’ve heard it all before. But at 25:20, Weinberger says, “We have to back up our rhetoric with action.”

Fine, so this is the perfect opportunity to say this — If Mark Weinberger cares so much about diversity and inclusion and he believes in backing up rhetoric with action, then he needs to resign from the President’s Strategic and Advisory Council. It shouldn’t be a big deal. If Mr. Weinberger believes in all the things he says about diversity and inclusion, then this decision is easy. It would be far easier than most of the decisions that the global CEO of one of the largest accounting firms ON EARTH would have to make.

Some might say that Weinberger could help Trump learn more about the importance of inclusion, after all, he’s already the guy who’s supposed to educate him about the importance of women in the workplace. But then I’d ask those people: Do you believe that Trump listens to anyone who doesn’t come calling without a praise folder? Weinberger isn’t going to change Trump’s mind because Trump does not care.

So what’s the point of Weinberger remaining on the council? There is none. So resign, Mark! It’s the right thing to do. Do you honestly think that in 10 years — hell, 2 years! — you’ll look back and think, “Boy, I’m glad I stuck with Trump.” You will not.

And you can tell him too: Here’s Mark’s Twitter account. Just tweet at him! Something like, “Hey Mark. Please quit the president’s strategic and advisory council.” Or, “Dude! Get off Trump’s council. What’s wrong with you?” If you work at EY, email him! Don’t forget, EY says that it wants you to talk about politics at work. So talk about it! Tell your GLOBAL CEO to quit Trump. Come on, Mark. This is ridiculous.

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We’ve heard rumors from Denver to the East-Central (fka North-Central) and New York FSO. This includes both client serving professionals and support staff. We have already confirmed that two admins were let go earlier this week in New York.

The timing is especially strange since, you know, it’s January and in some offices the mandatory hours have already rolled out. Even if it were only support staff being let go, the timing is still unheard of. Why wait until January to let people go when having cuts in November? Maybe it’s just us but if we had survived that November cut, we would have thought that our job would be safe until at least the spring.
And since the roundtables seem to be SOP you wouldn’t think they would be anything to worry about but they definitely have people talking and wondering what will go down.

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Jim Turley3.jpgFrom what we can tell, the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award is a BFD. If the other Big 4 have their own versions of this award, we sure haven’t heard of them.
And even if Deloitte were to start handing out the Uncle Dangle Vigilante of the Year award, it would pale in comparison to the EYEY because, now, a past winner is going to be on The Real Housewives of New York City.
Jennifer Gilbert won her EYEY in 1998 for her business, Save the Date, “A dedicated force of event planners who are in tune with the constantly evolving world of corporate events.” She’s even in the EYEY Hall of Fame. Jesus, this thing has a HoF?
J Dawg has to be bursting over this. Shamelessly up on his desk fist pumping, Tiger Woods style. A soon-to-be reality TV star that, God willing, will name drop E&Y every chance she gets on cable would be the best thing that ever happened to the firm. Sorry, NASCAR HoF.
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