BY C.S. HOWARD
Marion Boyd, MBA, CPLC, is employed by Ernst & Young, LLP (EY) Accounting Firm where she is the Project Manager for the South- east Region Risk Strategy/Internal Controls over Financial Reporting (ICFR) Project Manager.
EY is a multinational professional services firm headquartered in London and is one of the “Big Four” audit firms and the third largest professional services firm in the world by aggregated revenue in 2014. It has 212,000 employees in over 700 offices around 150 countries in the world, providing assurance, including financial audit, tax, consulting and advisory services to companies. In 2015, Fortune Magazine ranked EY as one of the 100 Best Companies to Work For and in 2016, EY is the 11th largest privately owned organization in the United States.
As a project manager for the Southeast region, Marion is responsible for executing all Risk and ICFR initiatives in the Region. “The Region is made up of six states: Florida, Georgia, Puerto Rico, Tennessee, Alabama, and North Carolina,” she said, “and I work directly with leadership on strategizing on strategic initiatives in order to drive market leadership, growth, saturation and operational excellence” Marion is also a Certified Life Coach. “I became a certified life coach in May 2015, and I am currently working to start my own business specializing in coaching teens and young adults to break barriers that are holding them back from pursuing their passion(s).”
Marion began her professional career in IT Audit because that’s where her strengths were .
“Growing up, I was always the tech savvy one out the bunch. I transitioned into a Project Manager role to better align with my long-term career goals. I wanted to improve my business acumen while operating outside of my comfort zone. My profession exposes me to leaders within the firm and gives me the opportunity to learn how to make strategic decisions.”
Seeking her own passion, in January 2015, she said she started seeking God through fasting and praying. “I was diligently waiting for him to reveal what my passion is and what he wants me to do while here on earth.
In March 2015, God showed me exactly what it was—life coaching. I decided to take the necessary steps to become a certified life and now the next step is to build upon my certification.
Before serving as the Southeast Region Risk Strategy/ICFR Project Manager, Marion worked as an IT Auditor for almost two years. As such, she audited company’s IT environments to provide creditors, investors and stakeholders reasonable assurance the IT environment had proper controls in place that operated and were designed effectively. “IT Auditors provide Financial Auditors confidence in knowing the system, producing the financial data, is properly safeguarded. As a result, financial data can be relied upon,” she said. “I was able to work my way to where I am now by networking, taking risks and speaking boldly about my career aspirations. The people I worked with at client sites and the relationships I developed all contributed to the career change.”
Marion is a 2008 graduate of Southeast High School where she participated in Junior and Senior Class Cabinet, Track and Field, Nolette Dance Team, Noles Cheerleader, Student Government Association Representative, Key Club, National Honors Society, Spanish Club and Florida Business Leaders of America (FBLA). She graduated from Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University in 2012 with a Bachelors of Science in Accounting and a Masters in Business Administration in 2013. At FAMU, she stepped for the TWC Dorm step team, a member of the sophomore and junior class cabinet, Vice President of the National Association of Black Accountants, School of Business & Industry Leadership Group, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., and Miss Progressive Black Men, Inc.
After graduating from college, Marion relocated to the Atlanta area for work where she accepted a full-time offer with EY to launch her career in IT Audit. “Since joining EY, I have been exposed to a plethora of clients and impactful people,” she said. During her career, she has received numerous BRAVO awards awarded by EY.
Outside of work, Marion currently serves as a mentor to several high school senior students; volunteer every holiday giving back to the homeless and volunteers for church activities and events. She is a member of C.R.O.W.N., an entrepreneur group. She enjoys doing ministry work, hanging with family and friends, mentoring high school girls, doing arts and crafts, dancing and stepping, doing adventurous outdoor activities, cooking new things, and traveling. “Overall, I enjoy having a good time in any way possible,” she said.
Marion is the daughter of the late Larry Boyd and Cynthia Everett, and step-daughter of Sheril Boyd and Ricky Everett.
To what do you attribute your success? I attribute my success to my family. My family has always encouraged me to go above and beyond the status quo. They have always poured into me to be the leader of the pack and to take the road less traveled. Every time I come home for holidays, I am welcomed to my little cousins running into my arms. They greet me with hugs and kisses that signify that they miss me. As I look into their eyes, I see future leaders. In order to be a leader you have to know how to follow and you have to have people that inspire you—that’s what I aim to do for them.
What advice do you have for a young person today? Take risk and go! Don’t be confined to what people say you ought to do or what you should be. Life is about taking risk and pursuing your passion and doing things that bring God glory and makes you happy. Often times, we are afraid to just jump because we think we are too young to succeed or know any better. Age is nothing but a number so jump.