Tim Ryan, who runs the U.S. arm of global consulting and accounting powerhouse PwC, has a full house: He’s been quarantined at his home in Boston with his family, which includes six children and a dog, for nearly three months now. That’s a huge turnaround from the typical corporate grind. “For the last 25 years I’ve spent every week traveling between three to six different cities around the world,” he says.
He’s also been swept up in the calls for change in corporate America in response to the outpouring of support at Black Lives Matter protests across the country. As he wrote to the PwC community, “I cofounded the CEO Action for Diversity and Inclusion in response to the killing of unarmed Black men in the summer of 2016. Two years later, in 2018, we lost a member of our PwC community, Botham Jean, to this same kind of violence, and I witnessed the pain his family had to—and still has to—endure over the loss of their son and brother.” Ryan wrote that among other actions, PwC will be giving employees a paid week off to volunteer for nonprofits, releasing diversity stats, creating a staff-led group to advise management on advancing progress, and donating more than $1 million to charities including the NAACP, ACLU, and the Center for Policing Equity.