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Deloitte’s Jim Atwell Guides Us Through The Good News of The Venture Capital Investor Confidence Surge

Jim Atwell

By Rob Starr, Content Manager

The 2014 Global Venture Capital Confidence Survey from Deloitte and the National Venture Capital Association adds to a growing body of favorable news concerning the economy in that global investor confidence in the U.S. has increased for the third year in a row. Information technology-related sectors were one of the biggest winners this time around [...]

The extraordinary Harry Hopkins–President Roosevelt’s most Trusted Advisor

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By Andrew Sobel, Big4 Guest Blogger

In January of 1941, President Franklin D. Roosevelt invited Wendell Wilkie, who had lost his own bid for the presidency the year before, to visit him at the White House. Sitting in front of the fireplace in the Oval Office, Wilkie steered the topic of conversation to Harry Hopkins, who was Roosevelt’s most trusted advisor.

Hopkins [...]

Former Senior Tax Counsel To Senate Finance Committee Chairman Senator Baucus Joins EY and Talks With

Ann Cammack

By Rob Starr, Content Manager


When Ann Burgess Cammack joined the Washington, DC offices of EY as a principal in the National Tax Department, she brought a quiver of experience in both the private and government sectors covering her focus on tax and compliance issues.

She’s been the senior tax counsel on the US Senate Finance Committee and tax advisor to [...]

We Talk With EY’s New Director of National Tax Transfer Pricing Controversy in Washington, DC

Richard McAlonan

By Rob Starr, Content Manager

Richard McAlonan, Jr. will also act as the Americas Director of Advance Pricing Agreements (APAs). He is the former Director of the IRS’s Advance Pricing and Mutual Agreement (APMA) Program.

In the press release that noted Richard McAlonan, Jr. joining EY, Michael Mundaca, co-director of Ernst & Young LLP’s National Tax Department, lauded the new arrival [...]

The Secret to Winning Your Next Sales Pitch

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By Andrew Sobel, Big4 Guest Blogger

Clients hate sales pitches. You probably do, too. How do you like to sit still while someone presents PowerPoint slides to you?

Clients don’t like boring pitches, but they love to learn. So turn your next sales presentation into a collaborative, value-added session for the client. Role model what it would be like to actually work with you [...]

A Deloitte Brit in the Big Apple

Marielle Legair


By Rob Starr, Content Manager 

Marielle Legair pushed her career boundaries in November 2012 by leaving the comfort of her London home for the opportunities of a new life in New York.  The Global Public Relations Manager for Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited (DTTL) is a Millennial who has managed to combine the work/life balance her generation demands with the more [...]

Managing Director at Focus 3 Helps Us To Change Our Thoughts On Career Development

Brian Kight

By Rob Starr, Content Manager

Brian Kight brings an interesting mix to his position as Managing Director at Focus 3. His BA of Communications from the College of Wooster is a solid frame to hang his work as a speaker and consultant from, and the fact he’s been working with EY globally as a consultant and trainer for a decade [...]

Values And Direction Generate Employee Engagement And Strong Organizations

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By Michael VanBruaene, Guest Blogger

Focusing on having the best products/services and processes will not be sufficient for your organization’s optimal effectiveness and long term success.  You must also address the human element of your organization, i.e. how to fully engage your employees and their talents. 

For effective employee engagement with highly productive and committed interaction and [...]

Accenture warns of triple threat to American standard of living

Peter Hutchinson

By Rob Starr, Content Manager

“We’re in a time of pretty amazing change,  so we’ve been exploring the multiple challenges of delivering public services in the future,” says Peter C. Hutchinson, Accenture Managing Director for Public Service Strategy. “This piece of research explores one of those challenges – namely that if we don’t change direction, for the first time in [...]

The Angott Search Group’s Vicki Herrod Adds Some Well-Rounded Views To Our Career Development Discussion

Vicki Herrod

By Rob Starr, Content Manager

When you consider her experience includes being the CEO/president of a boutique retained executive search firm and the Vice President for a $20 billion dollar global executive placement firm, it’s no surprise Vicki Herrod has some interesting and poignant things to say about the topic of career development.

“I think it starts well before someone gets [...]

Eight Reasons Why You Lose Clients – And What To Do About It (Part II)

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By Andrew Sobel, Big4 Guest Blogger

Sometimes client relationships end for appropriate reasons. But you never want a good relationship to end avoidably.

In Part I of this article I described four of the eight most common reasons why client relationships end. These were:

1. A reorganization or executive [...]

CEO’s/Executives – How To Evaluate And Improve Your Organization And Yourself


By Michael VanBruaene, Guest Blogger

CEO’s and Executives should annually evaluate their performance in key organizational areas and also plan for the upcoming year.   How did the organization improve in key areas and how do you plan to improve and move the organization forward in the upcoming year?

The results of self-evaluation can also be the basis [...]

PwC’s Oliver Halter Describes The Lewis and Clark Approach To Data Lakes

Oliver Halter stays ahead of the curve on this latest innovation designed for greater business agility by talking with Oliver Halter, PwC Advisory principal, Big Data & Business Intelligence.

By Rob Starr, Content Manager,

To the point, data lakes are an innovation promising to remove integration barriers and clear a path for the ability to make better business decisions. They relax standardization [...]

Career Strategy Should Be A Dynamic Process And Focused On How We Want To Live

By Michael VanBruaene, Guest Blogger

Career strategy should be an ongoing process that reflects the dynamic nature of our personal lives, our work and the world.  It should not be something akin to an exercise resulting in specific objectives and actions, rather it should bring into focus how we might best live and be ready to [...]

Past Accenture Recruiters fly the “Love your job, love your life” banner with new enterprise

Nina Parr

By Rob Starr, Content Manager 

If you’re looking for a pair of entrepreneurs with a different take on career advancement, Stephanie Lindquist and Nina Parr embody the name they’ve chosen for their company. The Love Your Job Project sets out to challenge some of the more established flows and career pathways the two learned when they worked in the recruiting [...]