Maria Moats, U.S. Assurance Leader at PricewaterhouseCoopers, visited Providence College last Wednesday, April 5 not only to meet with PCSB accounting students and faculty but also to share her expertise in leading diversity initiatives. Her former role as PwC’s Chief Diversity Officer helped the firm to rank #1 on DiversityInc’s list of “50 Best Companies to Work For” in 2012, and Moats herself recently ranked number two on Fortune’s list of “The 50 Most Powerful Latinas of 2017.”
According to Dr. Christine Earley, Accountancy Chair, Moats’ visit provided an opportunity to discuss diversity and inclusion at the College.
“PwC is aware of our challenges around diversity,” Earley said. “They have also had similar challenges, and policies that they have implemented they have found to be effective.”
Given Moats’ role as PwC’s Chief Diversity Officer from 2011 to early 2016, the College engaged her in discussion about the firm’s ideas on diversity initiatives. Moats met with the College’s Senior Leadership Team as well as Rafael Zapata, PC’s Associate Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer; Ralph Tavares, Assistant Dean and Director of Multicultural Student Success; and Quincy Bevely, Assistant Dean of Students and Director of Cultural Education.
Earley and Moats also met to converse about programs to address the underrepresentation of first generation college students in accountancy programs.
Apart from discussing diversity and inclusion, Moats’ visit also allowed her to introduce herself to PwC new hires and interns, present in managerial accounting classes, and meet with the Center for Career Education and Professional Development.
To learn more about Moats’ role on PwC’s leadership team, in which she leads a multi-billion dollar practice staffed by 17,000 employees and 1,300 partners, click here.