All Access: EY Unplugged

In 2011, EY Unplugged was created to help the firm’s ethnic minority new hires understand the unwritten rules of career building. The program has become an integral part of the onboarding experience for Black and Latino associates. DiversityInc explores the history of EY Unplugged and gets perspectives on the experience of going through the program.

By Alana Winns and Christian Carew

In 2016, DiversityInc was invited to EY Unplugged in Atlanta, Ga. We covered how the firm reaches and develops its first-year professionals. In 2017, we were granted all-access to EY Unplugged in Baltimore, Md. The two-day summit hosted a vast amount of nearly 500 ethnically diverse staff from around the United States to network with other new hires, partners and senior leaders at the firm. According to EY, attendance has increased 110 percent over the past five years and has contributed to the improvement in retention and attainment of licensure for their minority talent.

In an effort to showcase the spirit of the program, we spoke with Ken Bouyer (Americas Director of Inclusiveness Recruiting) and Diana Solash (Director, Global and Americas Diversity & Inclusiveness) to get insight on the history of the program. We also interviewed four attendees to hear their perspective on the EY Unplugged experience.

The History of Unplugged

The Unplugged Experience


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