Jessica Blazer

Au­dit Part­ner, Fed­eral Prac­tice, KPMG Lead, Fed­eral Prac­tice’s Par­ents Net­work Par­tic­i­pant, KPMG’s Net­work of Women and Asian Pa­cific Is­lan­der Net­work

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Her Story: She joined KPMG as an intern, mov­ing up over the past decade. Her ex­pe­ri­ences re­in­forced her be­lief that this or­ga­ni­za­tion val­ued di­ver­sity and in­clu­sion. “This was a big dif­fer­en­tia­tor for me,” says Jessica, who is half Asian and half white. She be­came in­volved with both the Asian Pa­cific Is­lan­der and women’s net­works. When her daugh­ter was born in 2011, she re­ceived a ma­jor pro­mo­tion. Her son was born in 2015, and her in­ter­est in flex­i­bil­ity and chil­dren spurred her to be­come in­volved with the Fed­eral Par­ents’ Net­work. What She’s Learned: “I found a lot of men­tors through the ERGs. I learned from peo­ple from the same type of back­ground to hone my lead­er­ship skills. If I had not had these op­por­tu­ni­ties through the ERG, I might not have had the nec­es­sary ex­po­sure to progress in my ca­reer.”

Ad­vice to Mul­ti­cul­tural Women: “I al­ways en­cour­age oth­ers to par­tic­i­pate. The em­pha­sis on hav­ing an in­clu­sive culture helps peo­ple feel com­fort­able be­ing them­selves at work and shar­ing their dif­fer­ent per­spec­tives.”

“The em­pha­sis on hav­ing an in­clu­sive culture helps peo­ple feel com­fort­able be­ing them­selves at work.”

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