My disability has never stopped me from doing anything—I have always believed that I could achieve whatever I set out to accomplish, I may need to take a different path, at times, to get there. What has created more obstacles has been the perceived limitations of my disability; the way that other people look at me and decide what I can or can’t do. And, this is only one reason I have been so fortunate to work at PwC, where leadership supports me and gives me opportunities. I know that at other companies, I may have been eliminated from a candidate pool because of my disability.
As a tax director with PwC’s Private Company Services group, I generally work with companies that are not publicly traded. Collaborating with my team, I work to address consulting, compliance, and business strategy needs for our clients. In addition to companies, I work with individual business owners on their personal consulting and compliance needs and have a niche interest in providing services to healthcare nonprofits.
As an employee with a disability, I understand the huge importance of being understood and having my unique gifts and needs recognized. So I have made connecting with the people I work with a huge priority. I invest time getting to know people in order to understand their personal circumstances and work/life balance needs, particularly when considering deployment opportunities on long-term assignments that may require travel. I believe my mission is to help each of them achieve their career goals by working on projects where they have great interest or helps them meet their milestone requirements for promotion.
I have always believed that I could achieve whatever I set out to accomplish, I may need to take a different path, at times, to get there. Ann Rembach Tax Director, PwC
I also believe that part of my purpose at work is to help others see that diversity doesn’t just mean race, religion, and gender. It’s more than appearances; it’s not skin deep. We are all different and everyone has their own story to tell—some of us have characteristics that differentiate us in a more visual way. We each have our own special talents to contribute, and want to be appreciated for what we do, and not how people perceive us based on external characteristics.