A new idea I was pleased to help launch at our office is a Mentor Mom group. This is a Grant Thornton program to assist new mothers in transitioning back to work after paid parental leave. New mothers and mothers-to-be connect with experienced mothers to receive guidance and insights about balancing home and work, and sticking to their career path. Flexibility and acceptance at the firm are the keys to not having to give up advancements or take a step back. I’m as proud of my contributions to Mentor Moms as I am to be the office champion of this important initiative’s sponsor — the Women at Grant Thornton and Allies Business Resource Group (BRG). I’m passionate about the BRG’s mission around recruitment, retention and advancement of women, and getting my fellow leaders involved as members or allies. With the participation of members, and female and male allies, we’ve made notable progress. It proves to me how essential both self-advocacy and allyship are for women moving up in professional ranks.
I’m committed to being an ally to everyone — women and men, all ages, all experience levels — in making connections and contributing input.
Making my impact at Grant Thornton
A major event is hosted annually by the Women at Grant Thornton BRG. The Washington Women Speak! network breakfast is intended to inspire female and male professionals with insights and networking opportunities. I have helped lead the event for the past 10 years. During this time, attendance has expanded to 400 attendees, and we’ve moved our venue from a small hotel conference room to the National Press Club. The event centers on a theme, which for our 13th year was “Together, We Are Stronger.” Congresswoman Joyce Beatty’s keynote address was about the value of diversity, which she declared was a missed opportunity without inclusion. Following the address, panelists discussed workplace diversity, advice for women pursuing professional success, the power of women lifting up other women, and how men can support their female colleagues. I’m re-energized after each event and hear from others that they are, too.