We view diversity and inclusion as strategic advantages
At Grant Thornton LLP, we have seen firsthand the power of bringing one’s whole self to work — from different races, ethnicities, gender identities, nationalities, religions, generations, sexual orientations, backgrounds and experiences — and the dynamic and innovative environment that results. Our people thrive personally and professionally because all perspectives are valued and heard. In turn, our inclusive culture enables us to craft creative solutions for ourselves and the clients we serve.
Diverse perspectives aligned under a unified vision translates to our people contributing their best in the office, with our clients and within our communities. Simply put, at Grant Thornton, inclusion is a way of life. It permeates our culture, is embedded in our values and behaviors, attracts diverse talent and is a key enabler as we become the firm of the future.
In keeping with our culture of diversity and inclusion, Grant Thornton’s Office of Diversity & Inclusion develops strategies, programs and tools to unlock the power of difference.
Our business resource groups work to fulfill our mission
Each of our business resource groups (BRGs) is a team of employees from various service lines, career levels and job functions. BRGs are employee-driven and supported by the Office of Diversity & Inclusion to cultivate an inclusive culture, which ultimately benefits our clients and drives our business. They operate at both the national and the local levels.
Joining a BRG is an engaging way to network with colleagues, develop leadership skills and contribute to the firm’s strategic drivers. All employees are invited to join a BRG as an executive sponsor, or a local leader or member — regardless of their personal backgrounds.
African-Americans at Grant Thornton & Allies promotes the recruitment, development, advancement and retention of African-American professionals through collaboration with allies and firm leadership.
Diverse Abilities at Grant Thornton & Allies drives greater awareness of the abilities and potential contributions of people with disabilities within our firm, and with our clients and strategic partners.
Equality GT at Grant Thornton & Allies creates an inclusive environment that attracts and retains lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees, and inspires and empowers them to bring their whole selves to work.
Latinos(as)/Hispanics at Grant Thornton & Allies drives firm business by attracting, developing and leveraging the contributions of Latino(a)/Hispanic practitioners.
Millennials at Grant Thornton & Allies provides a collaborative forum for millennials and other generations to utilize their respective skill sets and experiences to enhance firm profitability and provide a high-performing culture.
Pan-Asians at Grant Thornton & Allies empowers Pan-Asian professionals to join with colleagues to build stronger teams across the firm.
Veterans at Grant Thornton & Allies drives firm success by attracting, developing and leveraging the leadership experience and skills of veterans.
Women at Grant Thornton & Allies enhances the recruitment, retention and advancement of women into leadership positions.
We invest in our people’s development
The Office of Diversity & Inclusion and firm leaders sponsor employee attendance at five annual professional development conferences. This investment enables skill-building, networking and technical growth for our people, enabling them to grow their whole selves and better deliver on our promise of distinct client service.
2016 national conferences:
AICPA’s Women’s Summit
Ascend National Convention
Association of Latino Professionals For America national convention
National Association of Black Accountants annual convention
Out & Equal Summit
We are proud to be recognized for our efforts
A sampling of our recent awards and recognition:
Vault.com: No. 3 for Diversity, No. 1 for Persons with disabilities, No. 2 for Women, No. 3 for Veterans, No. 3 for LGBT and No. 5 for Minorities
National Association for Female Executives: Top Companies for Executive Women
Working Mother: Best Companies
Equal Opportunity Publication: Readers’ Choice Awards
The Parkinson Council
Human Rights Campaign Corporate Equality Index: Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality
Nicole Blythe, national managing partner of the People Experience, oversees activities in diversity and inclusion, culture transformation and alumni relations. Blythe is committed to creating a remarkable experience so that all employees can bring their whole selves to work. She has been active in diversity and inclusion programs, mentored numerous individuals, and led a variety of training programs.
Erin L. Thomas
Erin L. Thomas, PhD, Diversity & Inclusion manager, is responsible for diversity and inclusion strategy, programming and evaluation. Previously, Dr. Thomas served as Argonne National Laboratory’s first gender diversity specialist and consulted for Catalyst, Inc., a nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing women at work. Her research has received recognition and funding from organizations including the National Science Foundation, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the American Psychological Association and the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues.
Jonathan Philipp, senior associate in Diversity & Inclusion, manages the business resource groups, develops and leads diversity and inclusion training, and analyzes diversity metrics contributing to communications and branding. Previously, Philipp managed the business resource groups at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago’s Office of Diversity & Inclusion, wrote the bank’s annual diversity report to Congress, developed and led diversity and inclusion training, and contributed to the creation of the
long-term diversity strategy.
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