This is a copy of the letter sent to Michelle Kydd Lee and members of the KPMG Women’s Leadership Summit Advisory Council.


April 28, 2015

Ashwini in the Round

Dear Ms. Kydd Lee:

I join with Donna Kassman to extend my congratulations to you on all that you have achieved in your career, and I am deeply impressed by what you have accomplished. I was particularly touched by your story of how, as a working mother of two young children, you felt the need to continually prove to your bosses at the Creative Artists Agency that they made the right decision by choosing you to manage a significant project, and to show other women that work and family could coexist and hopefully thrive, even if you weren’t sure how to do that yet.

After spending a summer interning at KPMG, I started as an Associate in January 2005. A little over two years later, KPMG promoted me to Senior Associate. I did very well at KPMG. I got strong performance ratings and Encore awards, which are awards KPMG gives for going “above and beyond.” I had my first daughter soon after my promotion, and I really thought, like you, that work and family could coexist, and even thrive, at KPMG too.

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This is a copy of the letter sent to Phebe Novakovic and members of the KPMG Women’s Leadership Summit Advisory Council.

April 23, 2015



Dear Ms. Novakovic:

I am a former KPMG Senior Manager, and I write to you, a member of the KPMG Women’s Leadership Summit Advisory Council, to let you know that contrary to what KPMG’s recent advertising campaign suggests, KPMG is failing women.

In my seven years at the firm, I worked incredibly hard. I regularly got to the office around 5:00 a.m. – several hours before my colleagues. I did a lot of my work for clients in Europe, and I wanted to be sure I was available to assist them when they got to the office. This dedication meant that I was often the only one in the office, but I was completely devoted to my career.

In making success in my career the priority in my life, joining the ranks of the KPMG Partnership was the end goal. Having learned about your own incredible career, I am sure you understand the kinds of personal sacrifices that come from throwing yourself all in toward professional success. I routinely dropped everything to address any issue or question that might come up, and even though it was demanding, I was happy to do it. I took such satisfaction from being the preeminent professional – something my managers routinely recognized.

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This is a copy of the letter sent to Stacy Lewis and members of the KPMG Women’s Leadership Summit Advisory Council.


April 14, 2015

Donna in the Round

Dear Ms. Lewis:

I saw your commercial, in which you skillfully shatter glass ceilings wearing a KPMG hat. It’s getting a lot of attention, and I’m very happy to see you working so successfully in your career while also working to help combat unfair discrimination other women might face in their careers.

I understand that your ad is a part of a larger public relations campaign KPMG is using to promote the “Women’s Leadership Summit” that it is hosting in two months. KPMG Global Chairman John Veihmeyer has stated that the purpose of the summit is to “positively impact the number of women in C-­suite positions in corporate America in the years to come.” That’s a very worthy goal, and one I support wholeheartedly.

As a former KPMG employee and a former (amateur) athlete, your ad and your role in it really caught my attention. I realized I should write to you. Whatever KPMG may have told you about how it treats women, I’m confident you didn’t get the whole story. Did KPMG tell you that it is facing a massive gender discrimination case in federal court? Did KPMG tell you that despite its best efforts over the past four years to kill the case, almost 1,300 women – both current and former employees – have joined to take a stand against KPMG’s unfair pay practices?

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