Diversity Leadership: Stephen R. Howe Jr., Ernst & Young
Stephen R. Howe Jr.
EY Americas Managing Partner
U.S. Firm Managing Partner
Member, EY Global Executive Board
For Steve Howe, workplace diversity is a crucial part of corporate culture and should not be underestimated. “Inclusiveness is critical,” Howe said at DiversityInc’s Special Awards ceremony, where he accepted Ernst & Young’s award as Top Company for Global Cultural Competence. “It’s critical to us performing at a consistent, exceptional level all around the globe. It makes us better, more insightful; it helps us solve problems, manage risk and seize opportunities.”
“It starts at the top,” Howe told DiversityInc CEO Luke Visconti at a DiversityInc event, adding that an inclusive business culture is Ernst & Young’s greatest asset. “At the end of the day, it’s the people,” Howe said (see video). He personally appoints members of the diversity council, signs off on executive compensation tied to diversity metrics, and regularly meets with resource groups. DiversityInc has called him a “very public diversity advocate.”
Howe joined Ernst & Young in 1983. Prior to his role as Area Managing Partner, he ran the firm’s Financial Services practice, where he had served as an audit partner and a senior advisory partner.
Howe earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematical economics from Colgate University in 1983 and an MBA in accounting and finance from the Stern School of Business at New York University in 1989. He is a member of the board of trustees of Colgate, Carnegie Hall and the Financial Accounting Foundation. He is also involved with The Children’s Village, a New York–based nonprofit serving at-risk youth.