Influential Leader

Ken Bouyer

EY Americas Inclusiveness Recruiting Leader, EY
Recognition Year(s): 2022
School: O’Malley School of Business, Manhattan College
Location: United States

Ken Bouyer is responsible for developing and implementing the global EY organization’s recruiting strategy to build and attract diverse and inclusive talent pools for member firms in the Americas. Bouyer frequently serves as an EY industry group spokesperson on both diversity and recruiting trends at a range of events and with leading media outlets. He is a leader in devising innovative recruiting strategies for diverse candidates across EY. 

Bouyer has given generously of his time and knowledge in championing diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). He has spoken with thousands of students over the years regarding the importance of DEI and building a global mindset; has consulted with universities across the country, advising on creating and/or updating their DEI strategies; and has served as a keynote speaker on DEI at CPA state societies nationwide. 

Bouyer was the inaugural chairperson for the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) National Commission on Diversity, is a member of the American Accounting Association’s DEI Task Force, and served as a speaker at AACSB’s Global Diversity and Inclusion Conference in December 2020, where he presented on “Impact on Society as an Indicator of Quality.” 

He is a lifetime member and a current Corporate Advisory Board member of both the National Association of Black Accountants (NABA) and the Association of Latino Professionals For America (ALPFA) and was honored with the 2018 ALPFA Lifetime Achievement Award. Bouyer is also a Corporate Advisory Board member of Ascend, which is the largest nonprofit Pan-Asian organization for business professionals in North America.

Bouyer also received the Harlem YMCA’s Black Achievers in Industry award, the Michigan Society of CPAs’ Diversity and Inclusion Leadership award, and the New Jersey State Society D&I Leadership award.

Bouyer’s business degree at Manhattan College O’Malley School of Business helped him achieve an executive role at Big 4 accounting firm, EY. Prior to his current role, he was a director in the firm’s Consulting Services practice, supporting various global internal audit clients.

Bouyer is a recipient of the Federation of Schools of Accountancy’s Practitioner Service Award for his distinguished service to the profession of accounting and accounting education and was awarded the NABA’s Presidential Award for his extraordinary accomplishments and leadership in the accounting profession.

Bouyer has also been highly engaged with business students. He gave the keynote address and received the O’Malley School of Business Leadership award in the fall of 2019 and participated in a livestreamed seminar on diversity and inclusiveness in business for all Manhattan College students and alumni in the fall of 2020. Bouyer has served as a mentor and strong role model for students across a range of majors.