#ProtivitiWomenInFSI – Meet Liz

As we count down the days until American Banker’s 15th annual “The Most Powerful Women in Banking” awards dinner, we also continue to spotlight different #ProtivitiWomenInFSI. This series will feature a variety of women, from diverse backgrounds and career perspectives. While their stories are all unique, the one thing they have in common is that they work closely with Protiviti’s financial services clients. Next up in the series is Liz!

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Liz is a Senior Manager in our Internal Audit Financial Advisory solution in New York City.

  • What was your path to Protiviti? “I’ve had an exciting journey to Protiviti. I started my career in external audit at a Big Four Accounting Firm, moved over to forensics consulting, then after that into internal audit. Now I’m a Senior Manager at Protiviti in the Internal Audit and Financial Advisory solution focusing on work in the financial services industry.
  • What excites you the most about your work in the financial services industry? “There is always something to learn; whether it be a new regulation, new technology, emerging risk, etc. Staying up to speed on everything is very challenging, but more than that, helping financial institutions navigate through this constant change is very rewarding. Having clients ask for my opinion is motivating.”
  • Who has played a critical role in the development of your career? “My family, friends, and many mentors and sponsors over the years. They have been amazing supporters and challengers that have always been there for me.”
  • What advice would you give to both current and future women in banking to face the future with confidence? “There are many pieces of advice I would give but I think these three quotes sum up most it:”
    1. “Nothing is impossible. The word itself says IM POSSIBLE!” – Audrey Hepburn
    2. “The challenge of leadership is to be strong, but not rude; be kind, but not weak; be bold, but not bully; be thoughtful, but not lazy; be humble, but not timid; be proud, but not arrogant; have humor, but without folly.” – Jim Rohn
    3. “If you actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” – John Quincy Adams
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Pictured above, Liz is at Mont Blanc on Day 1 of an 11 day journey through France, Italy and Switzerland.

#ProtivitiWomenInFSI – Meet Denise

As we count down the days until American Banker’s 15th annual “The Most Powerful Women in Banking” awards dinner, we also continue to spotlight different #ProtivitiWomenInFSI. This series will feature a variety of women, from diverse backgrounds and career perspectives. While their stories are all unique, the one thing they have in common is that they work closely with Protiviti’s financial services clients. Next up in the series is Denise!

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Denise is a Senior Consultant in our Risk and Compliance solution in Frankfurt

  • What was your path to Protiviti? “I was at the end of my studies, searching for ‘the right’ topic for my master thesis when I heard about a cooperation between my university (Justus-Liebig University in Giessen, Germany) and Protiviti. They were looking for someone who would do some research about antitrust risks in the banking industry. Since I was interested in compliance and especially in fraud prevention, I applied for this job and was hired as an intern. My role was to write an academic paper on the topic (which I was also able to use as a basis for my master thesis). Based on this successful collaboration, my paper was published in the European Competition Journal and Protiviti offered me a full-time job, so here I am!”
  • What is one of your most memorable FSI projects? “I was part of a global Protiviti team that reviewed the fulfilment of OFAC (Office Of Foreign Asset Control) requirements at an internationally operating bank. Working with so many people that were distributed all over the world (New York, Frankfurt, Singapore, etc.) was really fascinating and sometimes challenging due to the time differences. The interesting thing about these global engagements is that you have to consider so many different local laws and regulations which can also be conflicting sometimes. During this engagement I learned a lot. Not only about laws and regulations in other countries but also about working with people of different nationalities and cultures, in different time zones and with different work approaches.”
  • What excites you the most about your work in the financial services industry? “Most of my projects are in the field of Anti Money Laundering. I think it’s really fascinating that potential criminal activities can be identified by customers’ transaction behavior. Getting to know all these processes and controls that banks need to implement for detecting and avoiding money laundering is still exciting for me, even though I have seen these control systems in quite a few banks now.”
  • What advice would you give to both current and future women in banking, to face the future with confidence? “The advice I would give is the same as for any other industry. Be professional but remain authentic and individual. Stay self-confident even in challenging situations and believe in your knowledge and skills.”
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Pictured above with her boyfriend, Denise is standing in front of the famous Cliffs of Moher in Ireland

Confidence at Work

Last week our London office hosted their second annual proPRIDE UK event. This year’s event welcomed over 100 clients, colleagues and friends to the Shard to discuss the topic of being confident in being your true self at work.  The aim of the event was to raise awareness of LGBT+ issues amongst London’s LGBT+ business community and straight allies.  As part of the evening we hosted a panel discussion to discuss the results of a brief survey that we conducted, along with personal experiences of our incredibly diverse and senior panel.

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James Holt (Communications Director, Pride in London), Sue Baines (Director Premier Banking Products & Savings, Barclays), Pips Bunce (Head of GM Technology Core Engineering Integration Components, Credit Suisse), Sanisha Wynter (Alumni Relations Officer, Stonewall), Philip Maziarz (Managing Director, Protiviti)

The diversity of the panel was duly noted throughout the whole event and brought a distinct life to the conversation. At one point during the panel, panelist Pips Bunce said “I knew I HAD to be authentic”, a note which seemed to resonate with the entire audience.

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Pictured above are the panelist with Peter Richardson (head of Protiviti UK), Suki Sandhu (CEO of OUTstanding), Andrew Wieser (Manager & Co-chair of proPRIDE UK), Belton Flournoy (Associate Director & Co-chair of proPRIDE UK)

As part of the event this year, Protiviti was the Gold sponsor of Pride in the City, a new mayor backed initiative for Pride in London dedicated to increasing diversity in the workplace.

Protiviti Associate Director and event organizer Belton had this to say, “The type of diversity Protiviti supports is not just about orientation and gender identity.” He continued, “We have a global initiative focused on the growth and the retention of women, a multi-cultural employee networking group and a group for working parents and families, just to name a few. The goal of our recent event at the Shard was to publicly discuss the importance being your true self at work”.

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A couple colleagues networking at the event.

All in all the evening was incredibly successful. A night filled with networking, learning and the opportunity to know those we work along side everyday, just a little bit better.

#ProtivitiWomenInFSI – Meet Shuwen

As we count down the days until American Banker’s 15th annual “The Most Powerful Women in Banking” awards dinner, we also continue to spotlight different #ProtivitiWomenInFSI. This series will feature a variety of women, from diverse backgrounds and career perspectives. While their stories are all unique, the one thing they have in common is that they work closely with Protiviti’s financial services clients. Next up in the series is Shuwen!

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Shuwen is a Senior Consultant in our Data & Analytics solution in New York City.

  • What was your path to Protiviti? “I graduated from Tsinghua University in Beijing, China with a degree in Economics, then pursued a PHD in Economics at Virginia tech. I joined Protiviti through a Virginia Tech Alumni connection and was happy to find a lot of Hokies here! Go Hokies!”
  • What is one of your most memorable FSI projects? “It was a very challenging model validation project with a tight deadline. We worked through a lot of documentations and conducted data and statistical analysis from “scratch”. When we delivered the analysis and reports to the client it went far beyond their expectations. We won more subsequent projects with the client and established a long-term relationship in various functions within their organization. It was one of the most memorable experiences because I was able to utilize my skill sets and contribute to the team while learning a tremendous amount.”
  • What has been the biggest challenge you have faced working in the financial services industry? “I grew up in a completely different culture and with a different language. These factors contributed to the challenges I faced every day when navigating through my professional life. Being a minority and a female, it can be even more challenging in the financial services industry when I am trying to be assertive, express my ideas and establish my personal brand. Protiviti has helped me in overcoming these obstacles by giving me opportunities to participate in different diversity & inclusion initiatives and providing me with an executive and career advisor.”
  • What advice would you give to both current and future women in banking to help them face the future with confidence? “Stay positive and find opportunities for growth even in adverse situations. Stay connected and often times you will find you are not alone and that people are supportive.”
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Pictured above is Shuwen (in the middle) with some of our Data & Analytics team members at the 2017 New York office spring outing event.

 

#ProtivitiWomenInFSI – Meet Parul

On October 5th, American Banker will host its 15th annual “The Most Powerful Women in Banking” awards dinner. This invitation-only celebration of achievement in banking and financial services brings together more than 550 of today’s most influential banking and finance leaders.

Protiviti is proud to be the exclusive Platinum Sponsor for the fourth consecutive year.  We look forward to celebrating this milestone achievement with executives and leaders from some of our clients!

To gear up for this momentous moment, we are going to spend the month of September spotlighting a few #ProtivitiWomenInFSI. The series will feature a variety of women, from diverse backgrounds and career perspectives. While their stories are all unique, the one thing they have in common is that they work closely with Protiviti’s financial services clients. First up in the series is Parul!

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Parul is a Senior Manager in our Technology Consulting solution in New York City.

  • What was your path to Protiviti? “After spending 13 years in the financial services industry, I decided to take a year off in 2015 and reevaluate my career. I wanted to capitalize my domain and technical expertise to help influence executives. Technology and management consulting was the right path to leverage my skills and I wanted to find an appropriate partner that would meet my career aspirations and give me an opportunity to learn and grow. Protiviti was the right organization and exactly what I was looking for! It will be 2 years in January and I’m loving it here.”
  • What excites you the most about your work in the financial services industry?  “I have worked in this industry since 2003 and I have seen this industry change radically since then. What really excites me right now is working with different clients who are facing unique challenges and helping them find and implement the right solution. This is also the disruption decade, so learning new innovative technologies for financial institutions and helping the clients implement them is quite stimulating for me.”
  • Who has played a critical role in the development of your career? “My mentors have played a key role in my career. I’ve had various mentors who have helped me hone my skills, taught me about management & leadership, motivated me and advocated for me when I needed that the most. I’ve also learned how to conduct business and handle relationships with strong work ethic and integrity.  These days, I also learn from the young professionals who are joining the industry. One never knows who they can learn from and how it can help shape your career!”
  • What is your advice would you give to both current and future women in banking to face the future with confidence? “Know yourself, know the business, know the people and know the technology. If you don’t know then commit to learning. The most confidence comes from knowing what you’re talking about.“
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Pictured above, Parul is glacier hiking on Athabasca Glacier, Columbia Icefield located in the Canadian Rockies.   

 

Celebrating #ProtivitiAdvisors

Last week Protiviti kicked off Advisor Month! This internal initiative will focus on the Advisor relationships we have with each other and their ability to have a real impact on our careers. Over the next few weeks our employees will continue to receive information on the advisor program and how they can make the most of it as both an advisor and advisee. To compliment this internal initiative, we’d like to externally recognize a few of our all-star advisors and the advice they have passed along. Kicking us off is Atlanta Associate Director, Gregg!

“I’ve known my Protiviti advisor, Matt, for over 12 years”, says Gregg. “As my career path has grown from an Intern to an Associate Director, we’ve put a plan in place to grow my responsibilities. I regularly seek Matt’s advice on how to navigate through certain challenges. He has continually instilled confidence and support in me and encouraged me to grasp at opportunities.” Greg continued, “Whether I am leading a discussion with a room full of executives or presenting a topic at a conference, I know in the back of my mind that I can handle it. Matt would say ‘don’t be afraid to put yourself out there.  Your biggest mistake would be not accepting the challenge or testing your limits.'”

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Pictured above is Gregg with his advisor/ Atlanta Managing Director, Matt. 

Protiviti Again Named by Consulting Magazine as a Top 15 ‘Best Firms to Work For’!

Top Right -- Kickball Option.jpgWe are thrilled to announce that for the fourth consecutive year, Protiviti has been named to Consulting magazine’s exclusive global list of the top 15 “Best Firms to Work For”. We are honored to once again be named to this list and to be called out as a best firm to work for within the Financial Services service line.

“Thank you for making Protiviti the best it can be”, said President and CEO Joe Tarantino. He continued “This accolade – and all recognition that Protiviti receives – is a reflection of your passion and commitment. By living our promises every day to our people and our clients, you show the world what it means to be Living Protiviti.”

Congratulations to our entire team! To view the complete article, click here.