Here at Protiviti, we believe accepting and supporting each of our colleagues is vital to our success, and we encourage our people to seek opportunities to connect both inside and outside Protiviti. In this spirit, a team of Protiviti employees recently attended the Out and Equal Summit in Orlando, FL. Despite Hurricane Matthew’s best efforts to steal the show, our team had an incredible experience. Over the next few weeks, we are spotlighting individuals who attended this conference. Next up in our series is Dave!
Dave is an Associate Director in Protiviti’s Chicago Office. Here, he is pictured with his husband on their wedding day.
- What was your path to Protiviti? ”I studied Computer Science at Northwestern University for my Bachelors degree. I spent many years as a developer and consultant before going back to NU for my MBA through Kellogg. Right before Protiviti, I was at a global IT consulting firm where I served as the Enterprise Microsoft Solutions Practice Manager for Chicago and then the Testing Practice Manager for the region. I started with Protiviti in September 2013 as a Senior Manager in Software Services and was promoted to Associate Director in January of 2016.”
- Since joining the firm, what has your journey been like? “My Protiviti journey has far exceeded my expectations. I joined Protiviti after my former company declined to extend healthcare benefit coverage to same-sex couples in civil unions despite several years of effort on my part (at the time, nationwide marriage equality was not yet in place). I was burnt out and angry after that, but joining Protiviti re-energized me. The Custom Development Services practice is a fantastic group of people doing incredible work for clients. I’ve had the chance to work on projects for literally all of our practices at this point, most frequently with IT Cybersecurity and Technology Strategy and Operations. When the opportunity to join proLGBTA appeared, I jumped at it! I have been having a great time working with the team to ensure LGBTQ folks feel as welcomed and safe at Protiviti as I did.”
- What was your experience at the Out and Equal conference? “This was my first time attending the Out and Equal Conference. It was a tremendous opportunity to gather information and learn best practices from Employee Resource Groups both in the US and around the world. It was also a chance to increase awareness of the Protiviti and Robert Half brands and to engage with LGBTQ talent who may someday choose to work for us. Lastly, it was a very celebratory atmosphere as this was the 20th anniversary of Out and Equal so they pulled out all the stops for this event.”
- Why was attending this conference important or meaningful to you? “Seeing the scope and magnitude of the firms represented at this conference was very inspiring. We got to hear details about multinational firms supporting their LGBTQ employees in countries that are not friendly or are even downright hostile to LGBTQ people. Also, our proLGBTA board is scattered around the country, so being together with them at the conference was a lot of fun!”
Here, Dave (center) is pictured with Protiviti colleagues Patrick (left) and Bailey (right).
Here at Protiviti, we believe accepting and supporting each of our colleagues is vital to our success, and we encourage our people to seek opportunities to connect both inside and outside Protiviti. In this spirit, a team of Protiviti employees recently attended the Out and Equal Summit in Orlando, FL. Despite Hurricane Matthew’s best efforts to steal the show, our team had an incredible experience. Over the next few weeks, we are spotlighting individuals who attended this conference. Kicking us off is the co-founder of Protiviti’s LGBTA group, Patrick!
Patrick is a Senior Consultant in Dallas.
- What was your path to Protiviti? “I went to the University of Oklahoma; I majored in Finance and Accounting with a minor in MIS. I started with Protiviti in August 2012 right after graduating.”
- Since joining the firm, what has your journey been like? “My journey with Protiviti has been nothing short of amazing. I have been in three different practices (IT Audit, Internal Audit, and Business Performance Improvement) and worked in a lot of different industries (Energy, Financial Services, Manufacturing, Medical Device, Consumer Goods, Insurance and Software, to name a few). I had great support when I co-founded proLGBTA, Protiviti’s LGBT and ally employee network group. Each year our network has been able to recruit more members and receive more investments from the firm. Protiviti’s support has allowed our team to learn and bring leading practices for growing and sustaining a global employee network group. For all of the aforementioned, I am immensely grateful.”
- What was your experience at the Out and Equal conference? “The conference has always been full of cutting-edge information and a great opportunity to network with our current clients as well as new potential clients. With Hurricane Matthew, we were afraid that this year would not be as good as previous years; however, we ultimately had a great conference. I personally learned a ton about transgender and Asian American LGBT challenges and tactics for solving such challenges. I am excited to discuss it with the firm’s leadership and hope to be able to implement some of it at Protiviti to further improve our diversity and inclusion efforts.”
- Why was attending this conference important or meaningful to you? “As a global employee network group at Protiviti, my board members, members, and I work with one another remotely. It is a cherished opportunity for the team to get together and build our relationships. In addition, the conference’s changing and wide variety of workshops never failed to show me how much more I have to learn.”
Protiviti partnered with our parent company, Robert Half, to have a booth at the Out & Equal Summit. Pictured above is the Protiviti / Robert Half Team!
Pictured above is a group from New York’s 2015 Competition
Protiviti’s New York Office is proudly hosting the 4th Annual Go Pink to Win Green competition this October. This month-long competition aims to encourage Breast Cancer Awareness, while providing employees with opportunities to enhance their overall health and fitness. At the end of the month, winning team members will receive $100 to use towards the healthy living option of their choice.
Teams are required to log miles or workouts each week through the smartphone app “MapMyFitness.” Participants can earn points through working out on their own, or through office-sponsored events such as the Yoga Night or the Healthy Lunch & Dietitian Seminar. The largest event, of course, is the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk that happens mid-October.
Intermittent Instagram Photo Challenges will be happening throughout the competition. Each challenge will focus on a theme to encourage a healthy lifestyle, from eating well to staying active (as well as earning teams extra points). 21 Teams have currently signed up to compete – may the healthiest, “pinkest,” team win!
We are very excited to announce that Protiviti’s U.S internship program has been ranked #18 on Vault’s Top 50 Internship Program list! Over the last several months, Vault has surveyed thousands of current and former interns from over 400 organizations about their internship program. Current and former interns were asked to comment on and rate their internship experiences on a variety of factors, including the application process, compensation and perks, quality of life, meaningfulness of assignments and training, and full-time employment prospects.
This year, more than 11,000 interns responded to their survey and the 50 Best Internship Programs were selected. We are incredibly proud to also announce that we were named #5 out of 15 for the Best Consulting Internships and #21 out of 25 for the Best Internships for Career Development.
Congratulations to our entire team on this honorable recognition! We can’t wait to see what our 2017 Intern Program has in store!
This Thursday, American Banker will host its 14th annual “The Most Powerful Women in Banking and Finance” awards dinner. Protiviti is proud to be the exclusive Platinum Sponsor and to celebrate this milestone achievement with executives and leaders from some of our clients!
To gear up for this momentous moment, we have spent the month of September spotlighting a few #ProtivitiWomenInFSI and their unique stories. The last spotlight in our series is Ronita!
Ronita, a Risk and Compliance Director, started her Protiviti career in London but transferred to our Singapore office in spring 2015.
- What was your path to Protiviti? – “My path to Protiviti is linked to birth of Protiviti, i.e. the Arthur Andersen connection.”
- What excites you the most about your work in the financial services industry? – “The excitement of the trading floor, the international flavor of the people you meet through working in major financial centers globally, as well as being part of something that impacts markets and the economy at large. The bull and the bear create a roller coaster ride with thrills and spills.”
- What has been the biggest challenge you have faced working in the financial services industry? – “Despite a better track record than some other industries in terms of favorable policies for women, there is still a way to go in terms of addressing the needs of women to manage both their career and family without compromising one for the other. There is also plenty of room for improving the current gender promotion track and pay differences.”
- Who has played a critical role in the development of your career? – “The individuals I’ve worked for who are not only technically strong in their area of focus, but have climbed the corporate ladder through consideration for others, be it their staff or clients, being generous with their time and praise, and not shirking from responsibility or accountability when things don’t go smoothly. I also admire those that dare to be different and stick their neck out for what they believe in.”
- What is your advice would you give to both current and future women in banking to face the future with confidence? – “My advice is to conduct yourself in the corporate world with femininity and grace, and not feel the pressure to emulate the stereotypical male behavioral traits associated with the financial services industry. Also, to avoid making enemies as the corporate world is an increasing small place and you never know when paths cross again!”
Pictured above is Ronita at Macchu Pichu in Peru!
Several of the Protiviti Germany team member and students getting ready for the adventure
When it comes to recruiting, we sometimes like to try something a little different. A great example of this comes from our colleagues in Germany. This past month three members of the Protiviti Germany team together with six students went on a survival camp in the wild for two days. The destination? The Hunsruck Forest! Their agenda included survival activities such as orientation, building a shelter, chopping wood and making a fire without matches.
After two days of case studies, action activities and a lot of fun, the team safely made it back to the Frankfurt office!
… And yes everyone survived🙂
On October 6, American Banker will host its 14th annual “The Most Powerful Women in Banking and Finance” awards dinner. Protiviti is proud to be the exclusive Platinum Sponsor and to celebrate 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 and their unique stories. Next up in our series is Jill!
Jill is a Risk and Compliance Director in our Charlotte office
- What was your path to Protiviti? – “I have my MBA from the Stern School of Business. Prior to getting my MBA, I spent 6 years at Merrill Lynch. After my MBA, I got a job at Bank of America as a High Grade Corporate Bond Trader. I was there for 8 years. In the height of the financial crisis, I was let go from Bank of America and went to work at the Federal Reserve in a Capital Markets and Trading Risk role. From there I went back to Bank of America in Regulatory Relations and Compliance and then I came to Protiviti; where I can use my capital markets/trading experience along with my Federal Reserve experience.”
- What excites you the most about your work in the financial services industry? – “I am most excited about my work in the financial services industry because the arena is always changing. In order to stay up to date with the most recent rules, regulations and market environs, I must stay up to date with current affairs and world markets and economies.”
- What has been the biggest challenge you have faced working in the financial services industry? – “One of the main challenges I faced in my career was the level of flexibility in the industry at the time. In my previous role as a High Grade Corporate Bond Trader, given the nature of that business during that particular time, it was necessary to physically be at the office in order to transact trades. It was the nature of the business, and I knew that when I took the role. As time passed and my life changed, I needed more flexibility which I found. Of course, modern-day technology has increased flexibility in this area now tremendously.”
- Who has played a critical role in the development of your career? – “My husband has played a critical role in the development of my career. I have been able to have a family and a successful career because of his support. Until Protiviti, I had not had roles that are typically flexible and his support of my career and his willingness to have a flexible schedule has allowed us to have a great family life with wonderful balance.”
- What advice would you give to both current and future women in banking to face the future with confidence? – “Stay strong. Stay true to yourself and speak up. Do not take a back seat – be your biggest advocate.”
Pictured above is Jill and her family in Iceland.