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One on One with RSM's JuliAn Coy

Women have made great career strides in recent years breaking in to the longtime male-dominated world of Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics…

Joe Kornik | October 09, 2018

Women have made great career strides in recent years breaking in to the longtime male-dominated world of Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), but there are still areas where the gap persists, particularly in senior leadership roles and on the technology side of public accounting and consulting firms. JuliAn Coy, recently named partner at RSM, has been a driving force behind the company's mission to support more women pursuing STEM careers. Consulting caught up with Coy to get a pulse of the progress the industry is making to create more opportunities for women and what women need to do to excel in such roles.

Consulting: How do you see the current state of women in STEM and consulting?

Coy: Last summer when I joined RSM for the West Region in technology management consulting, I was the first woman on my team within my region. Now we have 21 women just 12 months later. There seems to be an evolution when you put a female leader in a STEM career at some of these public accounting firms that have typically been male-heavy or the females have resided in the accounting, audit and tax side of the business, it tends to attract more women. I'm definitely seeing that happen here and I saw it happen at my previous firm.

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