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EY Extends Internship Offer to (BATN) Member Anthony Mair
by Isaiah E. Bailey | on 10 March 2021
There are firms who say they care and then there are the few firms who are actually committed to creating opportunities for Black people in the accounting profession. It’s safe to say EY is a member of the latter.
As a Big 4 accounting firm EY not only has the responsibility of providing accounting and consulting services to some of the world's largest companies, but it also has a mandate to be a leader and example of integrity and honesty in the fight to create a more diverse and inclusive profession.
From the very beginning of (BATN)'s launch, EY was there, ready, willing, and able to lend a helping hand. EY employees at all levels from across the nation jumped, without being asked, at the opportunity to support (BATN)'s mission.
I could quite literally write a book (well at least a short one) on the outpouring of support received from EY professionals over the past few months, but there is one recent story in particular that warms the heart in a special way.
Meet Anthony Maier, accounting student at Hudson County Community College, who joined (BATN) in search of a mentor. Anthony was one of (BATN)’s very first members and immediately capitalized on access to mentorship via (BATN)’s Business Students on Campus (BSOC) Program.
Through the (BSOC) Program, Anthony was paired with Stephen Maier, Bay Area TMT Leader at EY. After a few mentoring sessions, Anthony was referred by Stephen to an EY recruiter.
Fast forward the application and interview process and the below email was sent by Anthony:
Good afternoon Isaiah, I hope all is well. I just wanted to say that I’m glad I got the opportunity to connect with you months ago and become a BATN member. I’m excited to announce that I’ve been offered an internship at EY in San Jose, California this summer!
Again, there are firms who say they care and then there are firms like EY with allies like Stephen who give of their time, share of their resources, and provide connections and opportunities for Black professionals looking to launch an accounting career.
Let's be clear about a few things: Anthony lives on the east coast and was offered an internship in California because EY recognizes geographic location should not be a barrier to providing opportunities for Black people. Stephen (at least as far as my eye can tell) is a White man and publicly stands against racism. Stephen volunteered to be a mentor and ally - no one had to ask him.
As the founder of (BATN) I am personally filled with joy and gratitude, and as a network we at (BATN) thank our EY family for the continued support.
Be like EY and walk the walk!
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