Paul L. Caron

Friday, November 1, 2019

EY Training Program: Women's Brains Are Like Pancakes, Men's Brains Are Like Waffles, Women Are Like Pancakes:

PWA seminar at accounting firm EY, which has received much bad press, draws curious distinctions between men and women.

How did mega accounting firms morph into exemplars of corporate cool? Maybe it’s just me, but I’ve never found anything remotely sexy or edgy about accountants.

Somehow, though, the Big Four accounting firms gained reputations over the years as progressive institutions. I mean, you can’t go to one of those women or diversity conferences without some expert citing the Big Four as shining examples of what institutions like law firms should do to promote women and minorities. And of course, they’re always on those lists of “best” places to work for women and minorities.

Well, it turns out all that coolness is hype. The accounting firm Ernest & Young, now known by the snappy initials EY (sorry, but doesn’t that sound like a brand of personal lubricant?) got hit with a barrage of bad press after HuffPo’s Emily Peck wrote about its Power-Presence-Purpose program for female employees. Peck got her hands on the 55-page presentation on leadership and empowerment, which turned out not to be so empowering. ...

 [T]he presentation also included tidbits about women’s brains and how they hold information. The audience was told that women’s brains are “6% to 11% smaller than men’s,” absorbing “information like pancakes soak up syrup.” While men’s brains operated like waffles, collecting information in little squares with greater focus. Got that? ...

[O]ne thing is clear: Like a lot of “empowerment” programs for women, this one was largely hollow and ultimately useless.

Told ya, accounting firms aren’t cool.

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So, other than this not being "cool," is there any neurological or biochemical basis for this pancake/waffle analogy? Certainly there are plenty of seminars and the like out there that distinguish (statistically, of course, since none of this applies to any particular individual) the way men and women think and how it impacts how they relate to one another. (Alison Armstrong and her PAX programs comes to mind.)

Posted by: ruralcounsel | Nov 1, 2019 3:34:34 AM

My brain is more like scrambled eggs

Posted by: Mike Livingston | Nov 1, 2019 3:53:27 AM

Couldn't EY use vintage accounting wisdom that a woman's memory is more like that of a Monroe calculator? >>

Posted by: Woody | Nov 1, 2019 6:26:57 PM

Gentlemen, to be "successful" tax consultants, you might have to compartmentalize - even waffle. And ladies, don't forget to butter 'em up. But don't spread yourselves too thin!

Posted by: Anand Desai | Nov 3, 2019 4:59:55 PM