Beth Brooke, EY Global Vice Chair – Public Policy

Well, you guessed it right – we’d now go to the 96th most powerful woman according to Forbes, and that is – Beth A. Brooke, Global Vice Chair on Public Policy for Ernst & Young.

So, what actually makes EY a prominent global voice?

Ernst & Young is one of the largest professional services companies in the world with member firms in more than 140 countries. It is also among the four biggest accounting firms which include KPMG, Deloitte, and PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Now, what does Brooke actually do there at Ernst & Young?

Beth Brooke of Ernst & Young

Beth Brooke of Ernst & Young

Obviously, she is responsible for sculpting the organization’s stance on public policy. And in addressing vital issues on profession and global capital markets, she meshes with various stakeholders, regulators and policy makers around the world – because of this – Brooke has become a major influence in public policy.

Public Policy is beyond borders. The differences are simply the “kind” of policy, scope, and program among others that pushes each one of them. If your firm is really active in such, or in those activities that could transform entities and countries – being the leader of the group, you’d certainly be among the powerful.

Thence, it really boils down to the choice of field one gets into and how he connects all the pieces into one fluid machinery. Sounds simple, right? But it’s easier said than done. To be good in such, one has to be goal-oriented and to truly understand teamwork at the very least.

In Brooke’s case, her exposure to intercollegiate basketball during her days at Purdue University did the trick. Many organizations may even overlook the idea of recruiting Leaders with backgrounds in competitive sports – but it’s these people that are empathetic, disciplined, persevering, and resilient – attributes that are essential in realizing goals.

Brooke actually started on the wrong foot at Ernst & Young but as she said, “As a former college athlete, I’ve always been competitive and ambitious, so starting off on the wrong foot made me even hungrier for success. Over time, this rough beginning became a beacon for staying true to my values, and I advanced in various roles in audit and tax. I focused on becoming a partner and making a difference.”

That’s Beth Brooke. Want to make a difference? First, find your niche.

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