Ken Bouyer, director of inclusiveness recruiting for the Americas at EY, visited the Haslam College of Business at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville on April 13-14. He was joined by EY’s campus recruiting team.
Bouyer shared knowledge and best practices with representatives from the college’s Office of Diversity & Community Relations, faculty, students and senior leadership. In doing so, he prompted a discussion about ways to enhance Haslam’s diversity initiatives.
“We recruit and hire so many Haslam students who are very productive,” said Bouyer. “My goal is to move the needle on diversity and inclusion. We want to ensure students are prepared to work in a global marketplace because we serve global clients.”
Bouyer added that he has been consistently impressed by Haslam students.
“I really enjoyed witnessing their communication skills and the questions they asked,” said Bouyer. “They’re sharp. They care about professionalism and care about where they’re headed. We’re proud to be affiliated with Haslam and look forward to recruiting many Haslam students going forward.”
Partnering with organizations that value diversity and inclusive practices is an integral part of building the business case for diversity, said Tyvi Small, director of diversity and community relations at Haslam.
“I think this was a great opportunity for a national leader in the business field and in diversity initiatives to spend time on campus with our faculty, staff and students,” Small said. “It presented a chance for dialogue about important topics facing the business and educational communities.”
Senior accounting major Ashleigh Williams was most inspired by Bouyer’s message to excel rather than be complacent.
“It’s essential for the college to invite guests like Bouyer so students from diverse backgrounds can speak with professionals who have been in situations similar to their own,” Williams said. “Those professionals inspire us to excel and allow us to envision ourselves in leading roles.”
According to Small, Bouyer’s visit will help the college assess progress in its ongoing effort toward inclusive excellence based on its core values of impact, insight, integrity and inclusion.
“We were able to showcase our efforts while learning firsthand from a global firm that understands the skill sets and competencies students will need to thrive in a global marketplace,” he said.