June 24, 2018

Trump Tapped EY CEO to Mansplain Chicks in the Workplace to Him

As you may have heard our esteemed and definitely not toxoplasmosis-infected president Donald J. Trump turned to two guys — Walmart CEO Doug McMillon and EY CEO Mark Weinberger — for a discussion on women’s workplace issues with his Strategic and Policy Forum last Friday. Perhaps all the women CEOs were busy that day getting their hair did and knitting pussy hats.

Except the President’s Strategic and Policy Forum already has working women on the panel who might be better suited to address women’s issues than a couple dudes. Mary Barra from GM, for example. Or Indra Nooyi from PepsiCo. Wait, maybe not Indra Nooyi, she’s still pissed about all that “grab them by the you-know-what” stuff.

So, two dudes it is.

It’s not like Mark Weinberger hasn’t leaned in on the ladies during his tenure at EY. On his fancy International Women’s Day landing page, Weinberger is asking the important questions: “We know that gender-balanced companies achieve better results. As business leaders we need to ask ourselves: Have we made enough progress? Are we helping enough women find their way into leadership roles in order to make our businesses better?”

Sir, maybe you need to ask yourself to take a seat and let the women handle this part of the conversation.

Anyway, getting outraged about a couple of dudes advising our dude president about women in the workplace is, as Avivah Wittenberg-Cox points out in Harvard Business Review so predictable.

Gender equality is not a “women’s issue” — it’s a huge political, economic, and social opportunity. It is a massive business issue that more than 75% of corporate CEOs currently put on their agenda of top 10 issues. Research shows that gender balance happens in companies only if it is personally and forcefully led by the CEO. The reality is that many of the companies starting to look truly balanced are or were led by men.

Right. It’s sort of like dudes going to Lamaze class because they’re part of the pregnancy too, just not the part that serves as a temporary hotel for a growing human being for nine months and then unceremoniously pushing said human being out of their body. Men absolutely should have a place at the table, but must it always be at the head of the table?

Couldn’t Trump have grabbed Deloitte by the Cathy Engelbert just to make it appear as though he was attempting to hear from women on the subject of women? Oh what am I talking about, that’s a silly idea. I better stop spouting nonsense and get back in the kitchen.

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Layoff Watch ’10: Ernst & Young January Edition

Confused doesn’t even begin to describe what were feeling. We are hearing tons of rumors about layoffs in the Ernstiverse this week.

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.

So far, Ernst & Young has not responded to our request for comment.
If you hear anything about your office get in touch in with us and discuss in the comments.

E&Y’s Entrepreneur of the Year Award Just Got a Little More Prestigious

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.
The Real Housewives of New York Adds a Second New Non-Housewife [Gawker]