We believe that our people must be as diverse as the clients and communities we serve. At every level of the firm, KPMG is committed to the empowerment and advancement of women. In the Forensic practice, we often help clients in difficult situations. Our clients seek a knowledgeable, experienced, and diverse team to manage risk and investigate misconduct.
Enhanced by technology and infused with real-world insight, we help assess, design, and implement internal controls and compliance programs, and assist in the prevention, detection, and response to fraud, waste, abuse, and other forms of misconduct. We also help navigate the dangers of costly and disruptive litigation and investigations.
In our three-part video series, KPMG leaders discuss the current state of the industry, the endless opportunities available to women, and how women can excel both personally and professionally with a career in Forensic.
Women excel within the Forensic practice for a myriad of reasons, but one personality trait that stands out is empathy. Kelly Donovan and Terry Pesce, discuss how women connect with clients on a personal level and interact effectively to implement concrete solutions in transparent ways.
Kelly Donovan: Women are particularly effective in the area of risk management. And are particularly good at managing people and implementing compliance programs. They're effective in working with people who may be victimized in one way or another. And they are good at implementing corrective actions in an effective transparent way.
Terry Pesce: And I think bringing that perspective to your clients to say "I feel your pain", I understand what you need to do. I'm not going to sell, sell, sell and just give you what would be nice for us. I'm going to give you what really works for you and be your partner all the way through. And I just think my various experiences have helped me to grow into the person that I am, that can share the clients experiences and communicate with them at a personal level and not just a contractor level.
Kelly Donovan: At its very nature, investigations are talking to people -- uncovering facts, getting information from people, and being able to relay those findings to others in a meaningful way. You have to be able to interact and deal effectively with people.
A majority of women believe access to and networking with female leaders helped to expand their careers. Aileen Chan and Edwige Sacco, explain why it’s important to encourage women and how replicating successful tactics will foster equality.
Aileen Chan: Being a woman in this business, I certainly feel that it has changed drastically since I entered into the industry. Not that I ever felt that I didn't have a seat at the table, but I certainly feel like the support from, not just women, but other folks within the industry, other folks within the firm, has been increasing and massive.
Edwige Sacco: Our future for women has already changed so much. What I think needs to happen now is that we need to acknowledge that, and we need to stop focusing so much on what hasn't changed and really champion and applaud the evolution. And what I mean by that is, I personally have had great experiences as a woman. I have had great mentors who are women, as well as men. I've never felt limited personally in my own career growth, certainly as a woman. And at times I think it's important to remind each other that there are a lot of great stories out there to tell. And we want to keep learning from the challenges, but ultimately what we need to do is replicate what's working.
Women don’t need to choose between family and a successful career. Dana McFerran and Terry Pesce, explore how women can have endless opportunities as they balance their personal and professional lives.
Dana McFerran: It's important for us to show the younger folks that are coming out on campus that you can actually be a mom, and have kids, and also be very successful in your career. To me, that's important, because I think we have to show our younger generation that you can do both.
Terry Pesce: I had all three of my children while I was working. As a result, a lot of young women who are starting families now, are coming in to say "How do you do it? How did you do it?” I'm really happy to provide the advice that they need. That it's not about killing yourself or sacrificing your family to do a tremendously good job. You can do it all. You have to want to do it all.
Dana McFerran: We have all the opportunities in the world as women. And those opportunities are endless.