Crowe's Glen Combs gains new perspectives while promoting inclusion at work and in his community.

Crowe Recruiting
| 10/17/2017
Glen Combs
“When you look at the evening news and all that’s going on, it’s easy for a 56-year-old white man to say, ‘That’s not my problem,’” said Glen Combs (Lexington), who joined Crowe in April 2017, when the firm combined with SDGblue. “But if an issue impacts my peers and my friends, then it is my problem and it’s part of my responsibility to understand it.” For several years through his church, Glen has been a diversity and inclusion (D&I) ally. He has mentored young African American males and entrepreneurs in the Lexington community, sharing advice on how to run their businesses while also learning about their experiences and understanding some of the challenges they’ve faced. Recently, Glen joined Crowe’s African American People Resource Network (PRN) to help further his understanding and serve as a mentor to others at Crowe with different backgrounds than his own. In addition to the African American PRN, Crowe has Asian, Latino and LGBTQ PRN groups. Each PRN is open to all personnel at Crowe and provides a forum for networking and support in order to promote inclusion and mutualism within the firm. Glen also will join the African American PRN’s leadership team and support recruiting and retention efforts, including outreach with the University of Kentucky’s chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha, one of the oldest African American fraternities in the U.S. Through those efforts, he hopes to grow more interest and awareness of opportunities in public accounting and consulting and, in the process, help overcome the lack of diversity in the profession.

According to Glen, becoming inclusive takes practice and a willingness to move outside of your comfort zone. “Five or six years ago, I would have never asked the question, ‘What is it like to have a cop car behind you?’ or ‘What was it like growing up black in Alabama?’ A lot of people avoid those conversations because they’re afraid of what they might hear, but if we really want to be leaders in D&I, we need to become comfortable having these conversations,” Glen shared. He added, “My kids taught me, if you want to be more inclusive, you have to put yourself in situations where that’s going to happen. You can’t sit in the comfort of your office or home and wait for it to happen. You can’t have conversations only with people who look like and share the same culture as you. You can start by venturing out into a new neighborhood where you’ll be exposed to different people, new restaurants, new grocery stores or new churches.” For more about inclusion at Crowe, visit our Diversity and Inclusion page.