My family on a Make-a-Wish trip
Enjoying being Grant Thornton’s Working Dad of the Year
I’ve heard Grant Thornton leadership promote “work-life integration” over “work-life balance.” I take this to heart, particularly through my involvement with the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, where I serve on two boards. My job and my board commitment have blended naturally in ways such as discussing the firm’s services with fellow board members and bringing my family to the office to promote the hospital. This integration has made it possible for my colleagues get to know me on a more personal level; it has led to client connections and appears to have helped earn me the title Grant Thornton Working Dad of the Year.
Being a dad is one of the greatest joys of my life. Kids force you to think less about yourself and more about others. Having several children helps you identify and appreciate different types of personalities, which can help you understand your colleagues and clients better.
Brouwer, age 7, engages with everyone he meets. Banner, age 5, loves me to teach him how to fix things. Willa, age 3, just loves to cuddle and likes me to treat her babies like they’re real — feed them, tuck them into bed, etc. Myrtle, age 1, and I have a funny tradition. After the other kids go to sleep, Myrtle and I sneak into the kitchen and snack on Oreos. It’s our little thing.