Former KPMG Principal and Associate General Counsel, Ellen Parker, to Consult for CPR
February 4, 2020
NEW YORK — The International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution (CPR), a global non-profit organization that advances dispute prevention and resolution practices and solutions, announced that Ellen Parker, former Principal and Associate General Counsel for KPMG, has joined CPR. Parker will assume a leadership role, assisting the CPR Institute, CPR’s think-tank, in supporting and developing CPR programming and diversifying membership.
Arriving at KPMG in 2003 as Assistant General Counsel and named Principal in 2006, Parker was responsible for handling major litigations and significant regulatory investigations for the firm.
Prior to joining KPMG, Ellen served as the General Counsel and Vice President of Business & Legal Affairs at MTI/The Image Group, Inc., a multi-media entertainment company in New York City, as well as the General Counsel and Secretary for Care Connexions, Inc., an innovative healthcare monitoring and communications company. In these roles Ellen had exposure to a wide range of industries and gained foundational experience in litigation as well as in managing business and legal affairs.
A subject matter expert in conflict resolution, Ellen co-chairs the American Bar Association’s Dispute Resolution Section Task Force on Innovative Conflict Prevention Techniques. She also had co-chaired the CPR Council, the advisory body for the International Institute for Conflict Prevention & Resolution. Beyond her professional affiliations, Ellen is a highly engaged member of her community, currently serving as the Board Chair for Urban Word NYC, a non-profit organization that champions the voices of New York City youth by providing platforms for critical literacy, youth development, and leadership.
“Ellen has long been both engaged with and extremely supportive of CPR, and we are thrilled now to welcome her in this more formal capacity,” said CPR President & CEO, Allen Waxman. “Ellen’s sharp legal mind, business acumen and principled leadership and experience addressing complex legal challenges will advance and enrich CPR’s vision of managing conflict to enable purpose.”
Established in 1977, CPR is an independent nonprofit organization that helps prevent and resolve legal conflict more effectively and efficiently.
The CPR Institute drives a global prevention and dispute resolution culture through the thought leadership of its diverse membership of top companies, law firms, academics, and leading mediators and arbitrators around the world. The Institute convenes best practice and industry-oriented committees and hosts global and regional meetings to share practices and develop innovative tools and resources. The Institute trains on dispute prevention and resolution, publishes a monthly journal on related topics, and advocates for supporting and expanding the capacity for dispute prevention and resolution globally.
CPR Dispute Resolution harnesses the thought leadership and output of the Institute to provide ADR services – mediation, arbitration, early neutral evaluation, dispute resolution boards and others – through innovative and practical rules and procedures and through CPR’s Panel of Distinguished Neutrals.
Martin will serve as the national leader of transfer pricing dispute resolution at KPMG and direct-entry principal. He is a leader in areas of tax and tax law litigation and controversy. He previously worked as an attorney adviser to Judge Carolyn Miller Parr of the US Tax Court.
Horowitz joins the company as a direct-entry principal. He has experience in US-Japan, US-UK, and US-Canada competent authority cases and advance pricing agreements. Prior to joining KPMG, he was a partner at McDermott Will and Emery. While at the law firm, he assisted MNEs with global transfer pricing and tax controversy matters.
Gomes will serve as a managing director in KPMG’s economic and valuation services tax practice. Prior to joining KPMG, Gomes was the chief economist for the transfer pricing practice at McDermott Will and Emery. In this role, he advised clients on tax matters including international transfer pricing and competent authority proceedings, the valuation of intellectual property, business enterprises and financial products.
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Principal Manager (Former Employee) - Alexandria, VA - January 23, 2019
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Manage documents in support of the business and financial environment.
Developed Financial Operations Handbook
Prioritizes processes into assessable units, assesses risks and tests controls, evaluates supporting documentation, and identifies weaknesses and deficiencies
Define and design an audit ready environment, develops and documents solutions to resolve deficiencies, identifies resources.
Implement corrective actions, and defines validation procedures that will be performed to determine whether corrective action successfully remediated the deficiency.
Evaluates corrective action effectiveness through testing and determine whether it can assert itself as audit ready.
Participated in numerous group luncheons and enjoyed the variety of food during working hours.
Enjoyed holiday celebrations with the team.
Team work support and recognition
Peer appraisals for recognition of team members prior to end of year
This KPMG principal leads a team to accelerate women’s careers
A 2020 women’s leadership study from LeanIn.org and McKinsey & Co. found that American women held less than 40% of corporate management positions, and women continue to fight underrepresentation when it comes to board positions and CEO roles. They also face gender bias, harassment, and opposition to their management styles.
Here’s how one Sloan alumna has pushed back on those statistics and used what she’s learned along the way to help those behind her.
Julia Abramovich, MBA ’02, principal, KPMG
In what ways is your professional life as a woman in the workplace different from how you imagined it would be when you started your career?
To be honest, I probably did not have a clear vision for where my career would take me. My parents were both professors. Growing up in our house, discussions about academia were far more common than business ones. Yet I always wanted to be in business where “things happen for real” and not just in theory or in a textbook. I never expected any breaks so everything had to be earned. My parents also taught us that you can be anything you want to be if you work hard, regardless of who you are.
Who was an ally or mentor for you as you’ve navigated your career? What made that person stand out, and how specifically did they help you get to the next level of your professional development?
Today, knowing how important mentors are, I wish I had known to seek out and build more formal mentor relationships earlier in my career. There were many informal professional relationships that were mentor-like. Prior bosses, leaders I admired for one reason or another, managers that gave me stretch opportunities to learn and grow. I loved watching different leadership styles and took notice of behaviors I wanted to emulate, and those I didn’t. I tried to intentionally absorb things that would match my personal brand and to steer clear of those I didn’t want to be known for. Mentors are great in helping you answer the ever-elusive question of “Who do I want to be when I grow up?”
Can you give an example of a time you’ve experienced or witnessed gender bias? How did it affect you professionally? What impact did it have on your job?
Many years ago, I had a well-intentioned boss tell me: “I didn’t put your name in for XYZ opportunity because you’d be just coming back from maternity leave and I figured you wouldn’t want to travel.” I knew he meant well, so I explained that it should be my choice and that in fact I did want the opportunity and was willing to travel. He said “OK” and I got the gig. Had I not spoken up, I’d probably still be steaming about that lost opportunity.
Certain industries are as male-dominated as ever. Where do you see progress in your own professional experience, and how can we scale that throughout your industry?
Tech and consulting are both pretty male-dominated. But I found ways to make it work to my advantage. I thought that if I am as good or better and work extra hard, then I’ll rise for the top because everyone benefits from diversity. I never accepted that the gender gap would hinder my professional growth. I was pretty comfortable advocating for myself, and even more so as I progressed past entry-level roles. I know many people don’t feel as confident speaking up, and it’s something we need to focus on when helping mentor and develop young women in the workforce.
How do you support women coming up behind you?
Women’s advancement has always been a passion. I mentor a lot of young women, and it is so rewarding to see them succeed and get promoted. I love hearing from them when they hit a big milestone and share their successes. Often you get a note or a text years later from them and it always the best part of my day.
In the MIT Sloan Boston Alumni Association, we have a women’s advancement initiative that I co-lead. At KPMG, my team just launched a new women’s development program designed to help high-potential women accelerate their careers in business development. We’ve also doubled down on inclusion and diversity efforts because despite all the great work so far, there is still so much left to do.
What is the most difficult lesson you’ve learned in your professional life? In what unexpected ways did you grow from it?
There have been many setbacks and hard lessons. You learn and grow the most from those toughest lessons. It is hard to see the silver lining in the moment of failure or challenge. Not taking things personally and reminding myself that “this too shall pass” has helped me get through difficult times at work.
Ideas Made to MatterThis innovation expert helps women amplify their workIdeas Made to MatterThis tech exec creates safe networking spaces for womenIdeas Made to MatterThis CTO uses engineering skills to help women in STEMSours: https://mitsloan.mit.edu/ideas-made-to-matter/kpmg-principal-leads-a-team-to-accelerate-womens-careers
Stephen E. Allis
As Principal in charge of Government Affairs, Stephen heads the department responsible for representing KPMG’s interests in all matters of public policy before the Federal and state governments and for coordinating the public-policy activities of the KPMG international network.
Believing the public interest is served by policies that foster a vibrant, multi-disciplinary accounting profession, Government Affairs sustains an ongoing dialogue with public-policy makers on shared goals of investor protection and capital markets integrity.
At a global level, Government Affairs tracks regulatory initiatives and policy trends in numerous countries, and coordinates government affairs activities across the KPMG member firms.
Prior to joining KPMG, Stephen was Chief Operating Officer of Newmyer Associates, one of Washington’s oldest and most highly regarded public affairs consulting firms. In that capacity, Stephen counseled some of the world’s largest companies on their government relations and public relations strategies and programs.
Prior to joining Newmyer Associates, Stephen was Vice President of Clifford L. Brody Associates, consultants to money-center and large regional banks on the impact of pending legislation and regulation. He earlier worked on Capitol Hill as Legislative Assistant to Representative Lawrence J. DeNardis (R-CT).
Shimek Named Managing Principal of KPMG’s Short Hills Office
KPMG LLP, the U.S. audit, tax and advisory firm, has named Jennifer Shimek as managing principal of its Short Hills office, overseeing more than 860 partners and professionals.
In her new role, Shimek, an Advisory principal, will be responsible for the strategic direction and continued growth of the Short Hills office and assuring that KPMG remains a great place to work and build a career. She succeeds Corey Temple, who will continue to serve as the Life Sciences Industry Leader for KPMG’s Metro New York business unit and as lead partner on a large client engagement until his planned retirement in 2021.
“Jen exemplifies our firm’s Values of Integrity and Excellence in her client work and her leadership of our people,” said Tandra Jackson, vice chair, growth & strategy at KPMG. “With more than two decades of experience in regulatory enforcement and compliance in the healthcare and life sciences sector, she is the ideal person to lead our Short Hills office during the next phase of its growth.”
A principal in the Risk Advisory Solutions Service Group, Shimek has served as the Short Hills Advisory Office Leader (AOL) for the past several years. She joined KPMG in 2015 as a principal in the Forensics group. In addition to her consulting background, Shimek previously served as the chief operating officer for a large orthopedic specialty physician group and as the compliance/clinical services director for a large hospital system. She serves on the board of The State Theatre of New Jersey.
“I’m thrilled for the opportunity to lead our Short Hills office partners and professionals as we continue to help clients navigate a multitude of business issues including regulatory compliance, digital transformation and changing customer preferences,” said Shimek. “Especially in this complex environment, I’m committed to the growth and professional development of our people and to giving back to the communities where we all live and work.”
A resident of Summit, Shimek holds a Bachelor of Science degree in risk management and insurance from Florida State University and a Master’s of Business Administration degree from the University of South Florida. She is a Certified Professional Coder (CPC) and is a member of the American Academy of Professional Coders.
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