KPMG’s Yen Hoang on Achieving Her Dreams at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games

Originally published at KPMG ranked No. 16 on The DiversityInc Top 50 Companies for Diversity list in 2021.


Yen Hoang, a Tax Associate at KPMG, has been in a wheelchair since she was 4 years old. She never considered herself to be a natural athlete, but was inspired to participate in sports during middle school when she heard a speech by a quadriplegic person who played rugby to regain his independence and confidence.

Through courage, perseverance and hard work — as well as support from KPMG colleagues and her practice leader, Tax Principal Tom Hayes — Yen went on to qualify as a member of the U.S. Paralympic team and will be in Tokyo this August to participate in the track event.



As Yen was balancing work and training, Tom reached out to discuss the challenges of managing such a full schedule and suggested she take advantage of KPMG’s flexible work arrangements so that she could focus on training to qualify for the Paralympics.

“I’m so appreciative of the flexibility that KPMG provided me so that I could focus both on enhancing my professional career and pursuing my dream,” Yen said.

With the added flexibility, Yen was able to train six days a week to compete for the U.S. Paralympic team while also transitioning from an intern to a Tax associate at KPMG.

KPMG is so proud of Yen and her extraordinary accomplishments.

“I’m extremely proud of Yen and inspired by all she has accomplished on her Paralympics journey,” Tom says. “We’ll all be rooting for her in Tokyo!”

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