Tim Ryan

Tim Ryan

U.S. Chair & Senior Partner


PwC

Boston, MA USA


Outside of ethics and values, you can undo anything.

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Sharing Your Desires With Others Will Help Open DoorsWeb Exclusive
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Putting Pressure On Myself For Decisions That Didn’t Really MatterInterview Excerpt

Milestones

My road in life has been direct.
I grew up in Boston, where my parents taught my siblings and me three principles: work hard, be honest, and be respectful—there wasn’t really any emphasis on going to school or getting good grades.
The first in my family to complete college, I graduated from Babson College in Boston simply because it was the most affordable route.
I worked full time through college and had aspirations to be an entrepreneur—I had no interest in accounting until a professor sold me on the dynamic, people-centered aspects of the field.
I took an accounting internship doing payables and receivables for a company that sold filing systems, but hated it.
That same professor pushed me towards the Big Eight (now the Big Four) for public accounting because they were more people-focused, so I went to work for PwC after college.
At PwC, I worked hard and put a lot of pressure on myself to reach milestones—like being promoted to senior, and then to manager—earlier than the average employee.
Having spent my career working my way up with PwC, I currently lead 55,000 people as U.S. chair and senior partner.
My goal is to help PwC employees be the most sought-after people in the world because their skills are whole—they understand accounting and technology, and have eyes on the social issues around us.
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Education

High School
Bachelor
Accounting
Babson College
Bachelor
Communication, General
Babson College
Certification/License
Certified Public Accountant (CPA)

Career

U.S. Chair & Senior Partner

I lead 55,000 professionals as U.S. Chair of PwC.

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Business
Numbers
Working with Others

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

Communication skills are important in this field, especially as a public accountant because the profession is so people-focused. These skills are also valuable for finding more happiness at work because you're better able to make connections with people you trust and can lean on for support and guidance. I also advise young professionals to be dynamic. What we do as accountants won't change but how we do it will, so take time to teach yourself new tools as technology changes.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for everyone

If you want to go into accounting, start at one of the larger accounting firms. They’re more diverse in disciplines and age, but there are also a lot of similarities between people, so it’s a lot easier to find people you can talk to, trust, and lean on for support and guidance.

Hurdles

The Noise I Shed

From Society in General:

"You have to stay competitive to stand out and be successful."

Challenges I Overcame

First-Generation College Student
Work Stress

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Making it Balance

Making it Balance

Accounting and Auditing Roadtrip