Karyn Twaronite

Karyn Twaronite
Global, Americas & US Diversity & Inclusiveness Officer

Ernst & Young (EY)
Headquarters: London, England
Industry: Professional Services
CEO: Carmine Di Sibio
Website: www.ey.com

Her Credentials: BS, accounting, Miami University of Ohio; MS, taxation, Fordham University; Strategic Human Resource Management certificate, Harvard Business School; licensed Certified Public Accountant (CPA), state of New York

Her Philosophy: Creating a sense of belonging is pivotal to aligning business practices with a commitment to social progress. And when different voices join together, they can pave the way toward a more sustainable and inclusive future— not only driving a lasting impact on business, but also on our communities.

In 2020, my team worked to evolve D&I efforts in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Our efforts included the following: promoting inclusive leadership practices, providing digital tools, offering resources, and helping facilitate connection points for those disproportionately impacted by world events; supporting EY’s efforts in the United States to help eradicate racism and discrimination against the Black community; leading the creation of EY’s Global Social Equity Task Force; sponsoring and helping to launch the EY Global Executive Diversity & Inclusion statement; spearheading efforts to update the company’s values to explicitly incorporate inclusiveness; and working to update EY’s Global Code of Conduct to further reflect inclusiveness as a core expectation.

While EY continues to navigate both the global health and social crises, we understand some of our D&I priorities might change directions in order to respond to important issues certain populations are facing. As the COVID-19 vaccine rollout continues and some return to the office, while other continue working remotely, EY must be prepared to address the cultural ramifications that come with hybrid teaming and company leaders must work together to ensure that opportunities are equitable, differences are valued, people feel supported, and all voices are heard.