Alison Hooker

Former Americas Chief Talent Development Officer, EY

Alison Hooker has been with EY (formerly Ernst & Young) since 1994, and became a partner in 1999.  She currently serves as EY's Chief Talent Development Officer for the Americas.  Her purview includes leadership and team development, succession planning, career development and performance management, as well the learning function which delivers about 3 million hours of continuing professional education per year.

Alison began her career at EY in the Tax practice and headed up an economics consulting group that supported corporate tax structuring work.  After completing a stint in EY's business strategy group, Alison has focused predominantly on people strategy roles.  She was a member of the Americas Transactions Advisory Services (TAS) executive committee, serving as the People Leader.  She then stepped into the London-based Global TAS People Leader role.  Before assuming her current role, Alison stepped out of the "people" space and into an operational role for a two-year period, overseeing the firm's internal investment strategy in the rapidly expanding South American member firms.

Alison's undergraduate studies were in the College of Arts and Letters at Michigan State University, focusing on romance languages and literature.  Her graduate work was at Columbia University in the School of International and Public Affairs.  She currently sits on the executive committee of the funding-raising board for The Duke Ellington School of the Arts, a Washington D.C. public arts magnet school.  She also sits on the advisory board of a national non-profit research and advocacy group entitled "Work/Life Law."  The group is focused on sparking social and organizational change around work/life issues.

Content Featuring Alison Hooker

PodcastBuilding a Coaching Culture at Ernst and Young

Building a Coaching Culture at Ernst and Young

August 22, 2017 | Alison Hooker

Alison Hooker, who is the Former Americas Chief Talent Development Officer for EY, describes the gradual process of building a strong coaching culture at Ernst and Young  (EY). One of the largest professional services firm has invested to make coaching a "highly-valued asset at the firm". From senior leader support to a focus on individuality and purpose, Alison defines what is important to make this coaching-centric culture thrive.