Posted 6/17/2013 12:00 am
Arkansas Business 20th Annual 40 Under Forty
• The original Class of 2010 profiles
• 2013 Updates from this week's digital edition of Arkansas Business.
Tom Leonard has changed positions at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP since he was a member of the Arkansas Business 40 Under 40 Class of 2010.
But a new title — managing partner — and responsibilities are nothing compared to the other developments in Leonard’s life.
“The biggest change has been in my personal life, which has had a direct impact on my professional life, and that is the birth of my daughters — Tess in 2010 and Darby in 2012,” Leonard, 38, said. “Having two little girls has had a significant impact on the way I approach my work/life balance.”
Leonard was a partner at PwC, headquartered in London and the world’s largest professional services firm, when he was profiled in 2010. As managing partner of PwC’s Little Rock practice, Leonard now provides quality service to clients and relevant stakeholders while also managing staff and overseeing the strategic direction of the office, recruiting, market-facing activities and community initiatives.
But Leonard now works those duties around family time as much as possible. “I leave the office a lot earlier than I used to,” he said.
Leonard said it is part of PwC’s culture to balance work and life, and he encourages employees to do so whenever possible. “Driving flexibility in the workplace doesn’t necessarily mean working less,” Leonard said. “It means working smarter.”
Leonard said he enjoys the relationships he has with employees and clients, while his biggest challenge is managing the workload and putting the right people in the right advancement opportunities.
Leonard and PwC remain active in the community through Habitat for Humanity, Junior Achievement, Arkansas Children’s Hospital and Arkansas Food Bank. PwC has made a $160 million investment in the Earn Your Future initiative, which addresses youth education with a focus on financial literacy throughout the United States.
But Leonard’s favorite free time activity is spending time with his wife, April, and his daughters. “It’s a blessing to be able to be active in their lives,” he said.