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CEO Action for Racial Equity


RSM's CEO Task Force for Racial Understanding recently invited interested individuals to apply to step aside from their current role to serve in the CEO Action for Racial Equity fellowship program. The selected six RSM representatives will work alongside fellows from other firms to identify, develop and promote scalable and sustainable public policies and corporate engagement strategies that will advance racial equity and improve societal wellbeing. Representatives Tanya and Daniel are compelled to continue to work toward change as CEO Action fellows. 

Tanya Coker-Fergusson’s leadership displays her passion for affecting change within society. She leads RSM’s Boston office African American and Canadian Excellence employee network group in a mission to help foster a more diverse and inclusive workplace at RSM through strategy, programming and dialogue, that optimally supports recruitment and retention of black accountants and consultants.

“By participating in the program, RSM will benefit from collaborating with other companies to knowledge share, identify and eradicate policies that foster racism and injustice and implement best practices to make RSM a more diverse, inclusive and an even better place to work.” – Tanya Coker-Fergusson, manager, audit, Boston

Daniel O’Brien’s impact on RSM’s Culture, Diversity and Inclusion strategy has been palpable. He has participated in and led CDI programming, involvement in diverse professional organizations, and leads the firm’s Generation’s employee network group nationally, giving him empathy and exposure to micro aggressions and challenges marginalized groups face.

“We all have a responsibility to further our knowledge and deepen our understanding of how systemic racism and inequality have played a role in our country's history and current events. The more educated we all become, the more we can take ownership and work together through meaningful action to overcome the barriers that perpetuate this environment.” – Daniel O'Brien, director, learning and professional development, Baltimore

Driving impact through empathy and engagement

Driving impact through empathy and engagement

Jalaal and Monique are both dedicated to bringing equity and inclusivity to life and shaping the workplace for diverse talent.

Experience driving change

Experience driving change

Maria and Wei bring their experience to bear on ideas and actions as RSM representatives in the CEO Action for Racial Equity fellowship.