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Chelie Marton's story

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Chelie and her momI started my career with Grant Thornton about four years ago, and within my first two months, my mom was diagnosed with terminal cancer. As you can imagine, it was an incredibly difficult time. And because I was so new to the firm, I wasn’t sure how the news would be received or how I’d be supported. After I told my manager, I got not only her support, but word came down from her leader to “give Chelie the Grant Thornton experience.” My manager worked with me through the difficulties of the months that followed the diagnosis, and I was able to take the time I needed to care for my mother during her treatment and in her final days without sacrificing myself professionally.

Chelie at the Cowboys gameAfter Mom passed and I spent some time with my family, I got back into the office and was able to pick up and grow my career, including building teams and working with other departments throughout the firm. One great experience that’s become a real passion is leading one of our women’s initiative groups in Dallas. I’ve also worked with our leadership team, which has strengthened my confidence. They’ve actually wanted to hear my voice regarding projects I’ve managed, which is so inspiring. 

My husband and two children are still first in my life, which for me sets the right type of balance and is an example that I hope my children will follow. My family is my cornerstone, and they too are a great support system.  I might not always get it right, but I’ve truly been able to grow personally and professionally. It’s not one or the other, it’s one and the other. I am so thankful for my experience at Grant Thornton. I can’t imagine being anywhere else and still being my whole self.