The 2015 Women Leaders in Consulting: Kerrie MacPherson


Kerrie MacPherson

Leadership Award

Kerrie MacPherson, a Partner and Principal, Advisory Services for EY and a Women Leaders in Consulting award recipient, says, “Good things rarely come to those who sit back and wait. Be really clear about the value you deliver, and be bold.”

Her advice to a female consultant just entering the profession would echo those sentiments. “Own your career and your life,” MacPherson says. “Be clear about your boundaries and about your career aspirations. Don’t expect others to recognize hard work and push you forward—deliver great work and have clear conversations about your career path.”

For MacPherson, that advice has clearly worked. She is a Senior Professional in EY’s Financial Services Office (FSO), New York. She serves as Global Client Service Leader on large clients in the financial services industry. With 28 years of experience based in EY’s Toronto and New York offices, MacPherson has developed a strong global network to ensure EY clients have access to the best people and services wherever in the world they may do business.

“I am passionate about solving problems and building teams. It takes great teams, with a diversity of experience and perspectives, to create effective and innovative solutions,” she says. “I also love helping client organizations and individuals achieve success by supporting them with creative thinking and approaches. No two days are the same.”

She has worked with global, multidisciplinary teams to assist large organizations in executing complex initiatives across business lines and around the world.

In addition to account and practice leadership roles, MacPherson has served as a member of EY’s Gender Equity Task Force, several other business-focused task forces and is an active leader in the Professional Women’s Network. Kerrie serves as executive sponsor for EY’s Entrepreneurial Winning Women Program and has been the Diversity and Inclusiveness Champion in the FSO Advisory Practice and served as executive sponsor for Beyond, EY’s LGBT employee resource group.

“I am very proud to be Executive Sponsor of EY’s Entrepreneurial Winning Women program and to be one of the partners who created and still sponsors a program for high-performing women in Advisory called ‘Power Presence Purpose,’ she says.

“In a partnership organization, a key measure of success is the extent to which one is able to create opportunities for others. I take great pride in the role I’ve played in helping others achieve partnership and leadership roles. I am particularly passionate about making sure young women have the opportunity to build dynamic careers and I invest a great deal of energy around that topic.

As for winning the award, MacPherson says that “being recognized by one’s peers and leaders is both humbling and very exciting. It is wonderful to be acknowledged as having made a positive difference.”


How did you get into the consulting profession?

Kerrie MacPherson says: “My move to consulting coincided with entering the final phase of my EY career. I started as an auditor and spent a decade in Transactions. I felt like I had a unique set of experiences that positioned me to be a senior client advisor. I am a “connector of dots” and consulting is entirely aligned with that skillset and interest.”

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