Culture, diversity and inclusion

¡HOLA! employee network group

Support for RSM's Hispanic and LatinX professionals

The ¡HOLA! (Hispanic Organization for Leadership and Advancement) employee network group focuses on attracting, retaining and empowering RSM’s Hispanic and Latinx employees with the resources, relationships and skills they need to grow their careers and deliver exceptional client service. ¡HOLA! has a strong focus on mentorship, networking and business development to help enhance firm growth.

RSM continues to sponsor ALPFA (Association of Latino Professionals for America) and their national convention. Each summer, we send RSM ambassadors to the convention for professional development, networking, business development and recruiting. ¡HOLA! members have access to a firm-paid membership to ALPFA. 

Feliz Día de los Muertos: Honoring our late loved ones

Today, many families around the world will pause to honor their late loved ones by celebrating Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead. Those who recognize this Mexican holiday, which is traditionally celebrated on November 2, believe that the souls of the dead return to visit their living families. In fact, it’s a celebration of life, not death.

While often mistaken as a somber day, Día de los Muertos is a joyous and festive occasion full of music, food, dancing and happy memories. Sacred and nostalgic for many who celebrate, families often begin planning elaborate celebrations far in advance. On Día de los Muertos, it’s common for families to gather at the gravesites of their loved ones to share stories and set up ofrendas (or, altars), with offerings of their favorite foods, drinks and photos. Below are a few other symbolic items that are near and dear to those who celebrate:

  • The cempasúchil – a type of marigold flower placed on ofrendas and graves to attract the souls of the dead and guide them to their families’ homes.
  • Monarch butterflies – believed to arrive in Mexico for the winter on November 1, holding the spirits of the departed.
  • Calaveritas de azucar (“sugar skull”) – brightly decorated sugar masterpieces that serve as a reminder of the cyclicality of life.  

At RSM, we embrace differences and we do a number of things to demonstrate our commitment to inclusion, including investing in 12 employee network groups (ENGs), one of which – our ¡HOLA! ENG – is focused on supporting and empowering our Hispanic and Latino/Latina colleagues. Today, I invite you to support your friends in the Hispanic and Latino/Latina community by greeting them with, “Feliz Dia de los Muertos” or “Happy Day of the Dead”.

On behalf of our ¡HOLA! ENG, and the rest of our nearly 14,700+ people across the U.S. and Canada, I’d like to wish you a Happy Día de los Muertos!

Carlos Hernandez, Partner and National ¡HOLA! Employee Network Group Leader

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Resources for racial understanding and inclusion

We’re committed to doing our part to advance racial understanding and inclusion across the firm and within our communities. To support our activities, we are sharing our internal resources for the benefit of our clients and others who want to drive meaningful change and create a more equitable future.

Flavio Castillo Excellence Award

About the award

The award was established in memory of Flavio, a partner in the financial services assurance practice in the Chicago office, who passed away unexpectedly in March 2016. He was instrumental in creating a vision for ¡HOLA! and worked diligently to advance the employee network group’s (ENG's) mission. Known for his passion for achieving excellence, Flavio worked to empower Hispanic and Latino/Latina employees with skills, relationships and resources they need to grow their careers at RSM.

2022 winner: Crystal Sunbury

We recently honored Crystal Sunbury, assurance senior manager and real estate analyst, with the seventh annual Flavio Castillo Excellence Award.

"Crystal exemplifies the qualities of a strong leader not only within ¡HOLA!, but across the firm," said Carlos Hernandez, partner and ¡HOLA! ENG national leader. "She brings passion, dedication and determination to everything she is part of. She is a strong Latina, mother, wife and leader, who many people look up to, and she has made an impact on countless people across the firm."

"It's such an honor to receive this award," said Crystal. "While I did not have the privilege of meeting Flavio, I continue to be inspired by his legacy. Flavio and our ¡HOLA! senior leaders worked diligently to create a vision for the group, and over the past couple of years I had the honor of leading the ¡HOLA! steering committee and contributing to moving us closer toward that vision. I look forward to continuing to contribute to ¡HOLA! and to helping develop the next generation of Latino/Latina leaders at RSM."

In her nomination of Crystal, Alejandra (Ale) Alanis, one of our recently selected CEO Action for Racial Equity fellows, noted that Flavio was an inspiration and impacted many lives. When Ale reflects on what Flavio stood for and the legacy he left, Crystal Sunbury is the first person who comes to mind.

"Since joining RSM I have known about Crystal's critical role within ¡HOLA! and her amazing career journey," said Ale. "Crystal is someone I look up to and admire. She led the Association of Latino Professionals for America (ALPFA) Las Vegas chapter while fulfilling various other roles, including being part of the industry eminence program. She's inspiring, hardworking, and overall, a very caring individual. We are very lucky to have her."

Along with a $5,000 award to pursue her personal and professional excellence, Crystal designated Clark High School Academy of Finance as the charity to receive a donation of $2,500 on behalf of the RSM US Foundation. The school is an organization represented by the National Academy Foundation and dedicated to preparing their diverse student population for business-related careers.

"I, like many of our ¡HOLA! members, am a first generation professional, and fundamentally believe that education is the most powerful tool to close racial wealth gaps," said Crystal. "This is why I designated the Clark High School Academy of Finance program to receive the donation."

Inclusion Starts with I: ¡HOLA!

In our “Inclusion Starts with I” series, our CEO Joe Adams hosts candid conversations with members of our employee network groups. In this video, he talks with our ¡HOLA! members.

National ENG leader

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