It’s important to me to also make time to contribute in the community. I’m a Steering Committee member for the United Way Women’s Initiative. Our purpose is building up the future generation of female leaders in Philadelphia. As part of this United Way work, I volunteer with the signature program — Girls Today, Leaders Tomorrow — spending a Saturday a month mentoring high school girls who don’t have the same privileges as others, to guiding them in career and college prep, learning to balance life and work, and helping them to find the right track.
A great deal of the reason I can show leadership at work and home and in the community can be credited to the firm’s medical benefits, paid maternal leave and phase-back program. Flexibility is paramount. I’m able to flex my schedule as needed — reviewing things at night or logging on over the weekend. I also prize the support of my teams and those I work closely with. They understand that while I’m not always at my desk from 9 to 5, I will get everything done and keep my clients and my teams as the first priority. In this collaborative environment, there’s never been a challenge I couldn’t work through with a colleague.
The firm itself has also always been supportive of me in reaching my goals, making the next jump, facilitating an event, working with mentors, helping others and charting my path. I’m given room to be creative and figure out how to progress and not ever take a step back, which is important to me.
The Grant Thornton culture is very much about “being here now,” fully engaging with whom you’re with and what you’re doing. I’ve found the wisdom in embracing that in all parts of my life.
Making my impact at Grant Thornton