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Confidence in Retirement Savings Renewed By Economic Stability: Deloitte Survey

Stacy Sandler

By Rob Starr, Content Manager

Stacy Sandler, principal, Human Capital, Deloitte Consulting LLP, recently took the time to respond to a few questions had about Deloitte’s 13th Annual Defined Contribution Benchmarking Survey. The survey found, among other things, that the economic uptick over the past year has led to renewed interest in retirement savings.

1. Can you explain these [...]

Accenture Releases Enhanced Human Services Software for Government Agencies


Supports caseworker efficiency and single citizen applications for multiple assistance programs


ARLINGTON, Va; August 26, 2014 – Accenture (NYSE: ACN) has released version 6.1 of its Human Services Software Suite, enhancing its capabilities to support state agencies’ modernization of eligibility systems, integration across programs and compliance with federal requirements including the [...]

Live Forward LLC Founder Talks About The Three Legs of The Management Stool

Susan Cucuzza

By Rob Starr,


As an executive coach and founder of Live Forward LLC, Susan Cucuzza, ACC, BCC, CLC, has made a business coaching executives on leadership effectiveness. Before launching her own company, Susan led HR programs focusing on leadership and talent development in several Fortune 500 companies both nationally and internationally. She’s also worked at both Deloitte and KPMG.

Recently, she [...]

BREAKING NEWS: Jamba Teams with Capgemini as Part of Effort to Achieve 10-20% G&A Reduction Goal and Drive Accelerated Growth


EMERYVILLE, CA, August 25, 2014 – Jamba Inc. (NASDAQ: JMBA), a leading health and wellness brand and the leading retailer of freshly squeezed juice, today reaffirmed its commitment to accelerate its move to an asset-light model with the announcement that the Company has entered into an agreement with Capgemini, one of the world’s foremost providers of consulting, technology, and outsourcing [...]

KPMG Alumni Looks Back Fondly

Meagan Rosson

By Rob Starr, Big4 Content Manager

Millennial says her time in the Big4 was good preparation for life outside it.  


“I had a very positive experience,” says Meagan Rosson, the energetic Accounting Manager for Clarisonic, a L’Oreal Company ,when speaking about her time with KPMG that started in September of 2008. “Most of what I learned and took away is a [...]

General Harry D. Raduege, Jr. Discusses Cybersecurity Threats CFOs Need To Recognize

Harry Raduege


By Rob Starr, Content Manager  

Harry D. Raduege, Jr., is chairman of the Deloitte Center for Cyber Innovation and recently co-authored the paper Cybersecurity: Five Essential Truths with Kelly Bissell. The document looks at how companies and their CFOs are fighting an ever evolving war on the cybersecurity front.

Through an illustrious career that spanned 35 years in the U.S. [...]

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 [...]