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.