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Leading female executive-compensation advisor takes a positive look at bias

By Rob Starr, Big4.com Content Manager

Stacey Hawley is a leading female executive-compensation advisor who understands how pay is determined and rewards and benefits are granted in corporate America. She’s the founder of Credo, a career services provider for companies and individuals. Recently we talked with her about several career development issues that are particular to women.

Hawley started by supplying […]


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KPMG announces former Federal Reserve deputy director Deborah Parker Bailey joins firm. Big4.com gets the interview.

By Rob Starr, Big4.com Content Manager

Her 12 years at the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve saw  Bailey  ascend to the role of Deputy Director of the Division of Banking Supervision and Regulation in 2006, where she reported directly to Benjamin Bernanke, chairman of the Federal Reserve at the time. Her other accomplishments include  24 years in the Office […]


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Accomplished Role Model Talks About Myths, Gender Inequality And The Still Bumpy Road For Today’s Career Women

By Rob Starr, Big4.com Content Manager

Bonnie Marcus, M.Ed., has 20+ years of sales and management experience that includes CEO of a ServiceMaster company and VP of Sales at Medical Staffing Network. She held executive positions in startup companies and Fortune 500 companies before becoming the President of Women’s Success Coaching and contributing writer to publications like Forbes and Business […]


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Financial Services Analytics Gets Boost With Stevens Institute of Technology and Accenture Collaboration

By Rob Starr, Big4.com Content Manager

Stevens Institute of Technology, a premier private research university and Accenture have begun a research and education collaboration to focus on analytics for the financial services industry. John DelSanto, senior managing director for Accenture’s Financial Services group in North America, took some time recently to fill us in on the innovative sourcing strategies needed to […]


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Chief Learning Officer at Cook Ross Completes The Second Part of Our Interview On Unconscious Bias.

By Rob Starr, Big4.com Content Manager.

Howard Ross recently took the time to talk with Big4.com about how unconscious bias affects performance reviews for women looking to climb the corporate ladder. This is the second part of a two part interview. 

The use of coded performance reviews can often be another obstacle for women where numbers are used for evaluation purposes since […]


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Personal selections, mentors and Millennials weigh in on the modern woman’s career path

By Rob Starr, Big4.com Content Manager

Jamie Peretz is founder of 2MyCareer, a college to career advisory service which  assists ambitious college students and recent graduates in realizing their careers goals.  She’s also been a managing director at Korn Ferry International, the global leader in executive recruitment and talent consulting and has worked in executive positions in investment banking at Credit […]


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Chief Learning Officer at Cook Ross Talks About Roadblocks Women Face In Performance Reviews (Part 1 of 2)

 

By Rob Starr, Big4.com Content Manager.

It’s the funnel where your abilities, strengths and even weaknesses are recognized and your career path either bolstered or shaken. For male executives, the performance review is often affirmation of a job well done and duly rewarded, but that same metric can have negative consequences for women competing for the same upward C-suite mobility. These […]


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Capgemini’s cloud-based EnergyPath explained

By Rob Starr, Big4.com Content Manager.

Capgemini recently completed the implementation of cloud-based EnergyPath, a qualified SAP partner solution, with Houston-based Excelerate Energy. Robert Stephens, Vice President and North America Oil & Gas Lead, Capgemini, fills us in on the details.

       Can you fill us in on what EnergyPath is all about?

EnergyPath is a pre-configured, SAP-qualified solution for the oil and […]


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Business Leaders’ Buoyant Outlook Still Shackled With Persistent Doubts: Deloitte’s Inaugural Business Confidence Report 2014

By Rob Starr, Big4.com Content Manager

As you can quickly surmise from the title, the inaugural Deloitte Business Confidence Report 2014: “The Gap Between Confidence and Action,” has a certain underlying message in that while business leaders are confident about their company’s futures, lingering doubts still fester in areas like shortage of skilled workers, cyber risk and regulatory and tax constraints.

Michael […]


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KPMG Strategy formed to address growing demand in the marketplace for integrated, end-to-end transformation solutions.

By Rob Starr, Big4.com Content Manager.

Lynne Doughtie, KPMG LLP vice chair, Advisory, discusses the takeaways with us about the new approach that uses data and analytics to develop and execute new strategies.

 

How did KPMG Strategy come about? What’s the brief history?

When we think broadly about transformation and the emerging needs of our clients, it’s become more and more critical […]


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Deloitte Consumer Spending Index works through October dip

By Rob Starr, Big4.com Content Manager

After two months of consecutive increases, the Deloitte Consumer Spending Index dipped slightly in October.  Daniel Bachman, Deloitte’s senior U.S. economist, shared some email responses to our questions about the large and small picture.

How important is the decrease in the index this month in relation to the overall picture?

The downward movement in the October Index […]


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Class-Action Litigation Law Firm Taking On KPMG Gender Discrimination Case Talks With Big4.com

By Rob Starr, Big4.com, Content Manager

Sanford Heisler LLP is a public interest class-action litigation law firm with offices in New York, Washington, D.C., and San Francisco. They’ve become involved in a class action gender discrimination case against KPMG with claims related to pay, promotion and pregnancy discrimination.

The action is in the 120 notice period now where approximately 9,000 women will […]


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Accenture survey of 4,000 consumers in the U.S. and Canada shows mobile payments increasing

By Rob Starr, Big4.com Content Manager.

Matthew Friend, managing director and head of Accenture Payment Services in North America, discusses the findings that include expectations that cash transactions will decline by 12 percentage points by 2020.

 

  According to the recent survey, how are digital payment technologies maturing?

Advancements in payments and mobile technology have resulted in new payment form factors, functionalities […]


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The Powerful Tension Between Relationship Virtues and Commercial Virtues

By Andrew Sobel, Big4 Guest Blogger

I recently attended a conference where New York Times columnist David Brooks was the keynote speaker. One of the main themes of his speech was the tension between “resume virtues” and “eulogy virtues.” In our success-driven culture, he explained, we strive for resume virtues: achievement, recognition, wealth, and other material accomplishments that are admired […]


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PwC’s Rob Fisher Discusses The Business Model Shift At The Heart Of Global Technology IPOs in Q3

By Rob Starr, Big4.com Content Manager

The third quarter 2014 issue of PwC’s Global Technology IPO Review highlighted some interesting trends with China and Chinese exchanges making a strong showing and eighteen technology companies from six different countries completing their IPOs.

“It’s a pretty exciting period for the industry. There’s a lot going on with the underlying technologies and the ways they’re […]


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