The 2015 Women Leaders in Consulting: Tracy Benard

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Tracy Benard

National Managing Partner
KPMG
Leadership Award 

Tracy Benard started out as an intern in Audit at KPMG in 1992 before transitioning into Advisory in the early 2000s after recognizing an opportunity to challenge herself with a new career path.

“That’s not to say, I was looking for a change. I greatly enjoyed my time in Audit and the opportunities both with clients and teams it provided me. However, I believe it is always good to push our preconceived beliefs of our limits as professionals,” she says. “Pushing myself to grow was by design, but the timing and the opportunity within Advisory at KPMG—a new and opportunistic role —was an unplanned leap of faith for me.”

That leap of faith has sure paid off.

Today she is the National Managing Partner of KPMG’s U.S. Advisory practice. She assumed this role in July 2015 after more than 22 years of experience providing assurance and consulting services to global clients, primarily in the financial services industry. Benard supports U.S. Advisory Vice Chair, Carl Carande, in leading more than 10,000 partners and professionals in KPMG’s fastest growing business.

When she became the National Service Line Lead for Accounting Advisory Services, it was an opportunity to bring together a group of partners to work more collaboratively across the firm’s national footprint. “By focusing on team results versus individual contributions, we were able to forge stronger relationships as a team and with our clients, as well as achieve total growth of 75 percent between 2013 and 2015,” she says. “The growth of our practice resulted in more client and industry opportunities for our teams, as well as professional development for our people.”

She ensures that Advisory’s operational functions support and align with the business’s strategic goals, and she is deeply involved in the career and skills development of Advisory’s professionals.

Ask her what she enjoys most about the work, and she’ll say without hesitation, “the people.” Throughout her career, she has “had the honor of working for and with some amazing, brilliant and fun professionals within KPMG and with our clients. There is nothing more rewarding to me as a leader than to see our teams soar and our clients succeed as a result.”

Previously, she was the National Service Line Leader of the Accounting Advisory Services practice and assisted clients with technical accounting and financial reporting matters related to acquisitions and divestitures. She joined KPMG’s New York office in 1992 and spent nine years in the financial services Audit practice before moving to Advisory. Benard was admitted to the U.S. partnership in 2005.

“I’m very honored and humbled to receive this recognition,” she says. “Looking back over the 20-plus years of my career at KPMG, it’s a bit surreal to reflect back on my journey, but extremely satisfying to be recognized for my hard work and commitment to the firm, our people and our clients.”

 

What’s the best advice (consulting or otherwise) you’ve ever received?

Tracy Benard says: “Take risks and take ownership of my own career. To do the later, I learned quickly that I must be proactive and make my interests and goals known to my leadership teams, mentors and sponsors throughout my career.”

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