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
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?