What happens when the organization you work for empowers the person you are?

Building a better working world starts with small ripples that can become a global wave of change. EY’s supportive and inclusive culture enables our people to make an impact from the moment they start. Explore the profiles below to learn about some of the different ways we’ve helped young people start making their mark.

Brandon Lyons – Against all odds.

What if obstacles could create opportunities? Brandon Lyons was well on his way in his career at EY when on Memorial Day, 2014, something happened that changed everything. Since then nothing has been the same, except for one thing: Brandon’s indomitable will to overcome and succeed.

Check out Brandon’s inspirational story and how EY’s culture of inclusiveness has helped pave the way for his recovery and return to the workplace. 

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Dominique Drake – International appeal.

Dominique Drake has always wanted to be in accounting. Maybe it had something to do with growing up near the former EY headquarters in Cleveland. Maybe it just comes down to her knack for numbers. But now, as a manager on the Houston team of Ernst & Young LLP's Fraud Investigation & Dispute Services, she gets to pursue her dream job at a global scale, investigating corruption and fraud around the world.

In addition to her globetrotting duties, Dominique spends much of her spare time working as the Student Affairs Chairperson for the Houston chapter of the National Black MBA Association, which aims to help young African-Americans strengthen their leadership, academic and interpersonal skills while exposing them to careers in diverse fields.

And as Dominique will freely admit, she’s just getting started.

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Jared Hager – One fly guy.

It takes all kinds to make an impact at EY. Take former airman Jared Hager. As a cryptologic linguist with the 97th Intelligence Squadron, he found himself in Afghanistan training crews for airborne reconnaissance and spending up to 10 hours in the air listening for enemy transmissions that might waft up from the embattled plains and mountains far below.

After six years, Hager left the Air Force to study accounting at the University of Texas. After graduating in May 2015 with both a bachelor’s and a master’s in Accounting, he joined Ernst & Young LLP working out of the Minneapolis office in the Assurance service line.

He says his time with the 97th—the unit’s motto is, appropriately, “We Can Handle It”—prepared him well for EY and allows him to use the skills he learned there to make a global impact.

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Jenny Dare Paulin – The global performer.

Jenny Dare Paulin isn’t your usual EY new hire. She’s acted in a Tony-nominated play on Broadway, opened a thriving burger joint in Nicaragua and emerged as a leader at the University of Southern California’s Marshall School of Business.

She’s used to operating on a global scale, and EY provides her the opportunity to do just that as a senior consultant in the Performance Improvement practice of Ernst & Young LLP out of the Los Angeles office.

Because the practice is focused on helping companies transform into truly customer-centric organizations, Jenny can take a holistic approach, drawing on her experience as both an actress and an entrepreneur: “Helping companies not just make incremental changes, but create new things that will make the world a better place – I would really like to be part of that in a major way.”

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