Ken Bouyer ’90, Ernst & Young's Americas Director of Inclusiveness Recruiting and a member of the board of trustees at Manhattan College, is one of 27 business school graduates in AACSB International’s 2022 Class of Influential Leaders.
The annual initiative recognizes notable alumni from business schools accredited by AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business) whose inspiring work serves as a model for the next generation of business leaders. This year’s class features champions of diversity and inclusion, including Ken Bouyer.
“This is great recognition of Ken’s leadership from the authority on business schools,” said Don Gibson, Ph.D., Dean of Manhattan College’s O’Malley School of Business. “This award highlights how our graduates learn Lasallian values like diversity and inclusion and pay them forward in their careers.”
A graduate of the O’Malley School of Business, Bouyer is being recognized for his leadership in developing and implementing the global Ernst & Young recruiting strategy to build and attract diverse and inclusive talent pools for member firms in the Americas. After earning his business degree from Manhattan College, Bouyer steadily advanced to an executive role at the Big 4 accounting firm, joining Ernst & Young’s assurance practice in 1990.
“Ken Bouyer’s achievements show us there are many ways to elevate the voices and perspectives of all. He inspires us to listen, learn, and act with authenticity and courage,” said Caryn Beck-Dudley, AACSB president and CEO. “It is a privilege to amplify his efforts and the entire 2022 Class of Influential Leaders.”
Now in its seventh year, AACSB’s Influential Leaders spotlight program recognizes more than 250 business school graduates who have created lasting impact in business and society. All honorees have earned an undergraduate, graduate, or doctoral degree from one of the more than 900 AACSB-accredited business schools worldwide.
The 2022 honorees include advocates across businesses, nonprofits, academia and governments who are educating and empowering others to create welcoming, inclusive spaces for all. Together, they represent one facet of business education’s efforts to elevate diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging (DEIB) in the workforce and society—a key feature of AACSB’s 2020 business accreditation standards and the focus of a recently released positioning paper. The paper illustrates AACSB’s commitment to equitable access to high-quality business education globally and calls on the business education community to embed the tenets of DEIB into its strategies and cultures.
The unique stories of each honoree, and how they are creating meaningful, lasting impact in the world, are available at aacsb.edu/influential-leaders.