One Geek Girl’s Take on “Geek Girl Rising: Inside the Sisterhood Shaking Up Tech”

Jody-Ann is a Senior Consultant in Protiviti’s Technology Consulting practice.  She recently participated in a book club that Protiviti sponsored to read and discuss the book “Geek Girl Rising: Inside the Sisterhood Shaking Up Tech.”  Here, Jody-Ann shares her perspective on the experience.

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It is no secret that women are phenomenal creatures who are filled with vitality and vigor. They have climbed many a ladder in order to break barriers and be trendsetters. Although the “tech” culture has caught fire for women, it remains an area which has yet to fully evolve. The book ‘Geek Girl Rising’ addresses several of the many technological disciplines within which women have sought to be trailblazers. Ranging in content from corporate leaders to entrepreneurs, financiers, techies, crusaders, coaches and work-life warriors, the book not only breaks down some of the struggles that women have faced and endured, but shows how much they have persevered to achieve their goals.

After reading the book, it was truly a privilege to participate in a webinar with one of the books Corporate Advisors, Lori Harmon. Lori , the Vice President of Global Inside Sales at Blackberry, and four Protiviti leaders joined our team in a healthy discussion on how to apply the book’s lessons within our respective careers. Our discussion was focused around three main tenets: work-life, support, and factors to being successful.

Mrs. Harmon shared several words of encouragement that I took to heart.

  • Find what you are passionate about. Once you have found your passion, work on enhancing those skill sets. Additionally, do not be afraid to ask for help. You will never know everything. Lastly, seize all opportunities that given to you, even those that are outside of your comfort zone.
  • Understand your company’s support structure. Seek mentors within and outside of your company. Your mentors do not have to be your direct supervisors. Follow-up with the contacts you make. Understand your personal/home structure. Communicate, communicate, and lastly, communicate.
  • Do not be afraid of failure. Have heart, hustle, and passion. Stop trying to be all things to all people. Be a mentor to others. The best leaders are the best followers.

After reading the title of the book, I must admit that I was a bit skeptical. I was concerned that this was just another book that would point out issues without a means to resolve them. After completing the book and participating in the webinar, I was truly impressed by the courage that each of these women demonstrated, despite all the odds stacked against them. It gave me hope that life within this tech journey is well worth the risk. To Mrs. Harmon and the other “Geek Girls” who were inspired to share their stories — thank you!

— Jody-Ann

Protiviti Named to Glassdoor’s “Best Places to Work”

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As we look forward to closing out another successful year here at Protiviti, we’re so proud to announce that we’ve been named to Glassdoor’s Best Places to Work list for the second time! Winners were determined entirely based on Glassdoor feedback provided by employees over the past year. With an overall company rating of 4.3, Protiviti stands proudly at #47 out of 100 on the Best Places to Work U.S. Large Companies list.

As a recruiter, I often get asked questions about what differentiates Protiviti and makes it a great place to work. With the news of the Glassdoor award, I couldn’t help but to reflect and I came up with my top 5 reasons I think Protiviti is an extraordinary place to grow a career.

Our Culture, Our People – Company culture is huge. It’s one of the top factors in employee retention and a strong determining piece for prospective candidates. At Protiviti, all our employees have a voice in building the best culture. Our people are empowered to be creative, pitch new ideas and get involved – and they are pretty great at doing so.  This, in large part, can be attributed to the fact that they themselves are quite amazing. I’ve been fortunate enough to call many of my co-workers friends, and that is what #LivingProtiviti is all about.

Opportunity to Grow and Be Challenged – As a fairly young company (in the game since 2002), Protiviti is continuing to grow at a rapid pace. Not only are we growing in size, but Protiviti also offers employees a wonderful opportunity to grow and be challenged in their careers. Within both the practice and operations, cross-collaboration allows employees to build out their skill sets and see a diverse array of project work. Protiviti also offers financial assistance with programs like certification reimbursement program, which encourages employees who are looking to advance technical skills in their area of focus.

Accessibility to Leadership – Our leadership teams are very present, both globally and in each local market. Throughout my (almost) four year career at Protiviti, I’ve had the opportunity to meet every Executive Team member on more than one occasion. I don’t know how many people can truly say that about their company! Stating ‘open door policy’ and actually having an open door policy can be two very different things, and Protiviti without a doubt holds true to both statements. Not only is leadership a presence at trainings, events, and office outings, but they also participate in programs such as our Advisor Program. The three-tiered Advisor Program is one that we’re really proud of at Protiviti, ensuring all our employees have advisors at the Peer, Career and Executive levels.

Benefits – Let’s talk benefits and perks! Protiviti offers very competitive benefit packages which includes a 401K matching program, an impressive Choice Time Off (CTO) plan, and an Incentive Compensation Program, among other great benefits. Not only do these programs reward employees but they support a culture that promises to recognize employees and provide a strong work/life balance. The perks don’t stop there, though! Protiviti also matches charitable donations to support the local community, which means our people’s hard work makes double the impact. Other programs in place for recognition include iAchieve and WeAchieve awards, “PROPS” points which can be redeemed for some amazing items through Protiviti’s company store, and holiday parties!

Get Involved, Have a Voice – Last, but certainly not least, Protiviti encourages our people to get involved and to feel empowered. We have initiatives and teams in place to support Diversity and Inclusion in the workplace, such as iGroWW, which stands for the Initiative for Growth and Retention of Women in the Workplace, our Multicultural ENG, and our proPRIDE efforts, among others. Protiviti employees also like to have fun. On any given week, you can find a Protiviti team out on a softball field, playing kickball, or on the basketball court thanks to our sports and social committees. While we may not always win the championship, it’s pretty clear to me that we’re still batting way above average.

At the end of the day, there are a lot of different factors that make a company an amazing place to work, but these are just a few of my favorite reasons. Congratulations to everyone here at Protiviti on receiving this honor as a Best Place to Work from Glassdoor, and thank you for all that you do! We are proud of you, Protiviti!

-Cait

As you can tell, I’m a proud employee but don’t take it from just me! Visit Glassdoor.com to read more and provide your meaningful feedback. Each and every review is read by our Protiviti Operations Team, and we bring trends and data analysis gathered through Glassdoor to the attention of leadership on a regular basis.

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A View of the Sabbatical Program from the Top of Mt. Kilimanjaro

If I had a nickel for every time my parents told me in college to “enjoy life now, because you’re going to be working the next 40+ years straight”, I probably wouldn’t have had to work at all. But the times are changing! With a cultural focus on work-life balance, companies are beginning to implement programs that allow you an opportunity to take a break from your day-to-day and experience something impactful. At Protiviti, we are proud to have a Sabbatical Program that does just that!

Let me take you on a journey to Dallas, Texas where Consultant Dillon sits as part of our Internal Audit and Financial Advisory practice. Growing up, Dillon was involved in Boy Scouts and was very adventurous, but he never actually thought he would have the possibility to fulfill a dream he has had since college: to climb and conquer Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, Africa. Dillon applied for a sabbatical through Protiviti’s program and was thrilled when he received the go-ahead to move forward. While the climb itself wasn’t easy, Dillon succeeded in reaching the highest summit in Africa (19,341 feet) after six days, alongside his best friend from college.

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Dillon at the top of Mount Kilimanjaro

To round out a pretty amazing accomplishment, Dillon and his friend took off for an African tour post descent, which included scuba diving in Zanzibar (see below) and a safari in Serengeti National Park where they saw zebras, wildebeests and baboons. I don’t know about you, but that sounds like an awfully wild experience to me! All-in-all, Dillon spent three weeks abroad and noted that while it felt long, anyone considering a sabbatical should go for it because “having a company that offers these types of benefits is definitely unique”.

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We couldn’t agree more, Dillon, and we can’t wait to see where your Protiviti career takes you next!

-Cait

#GivingTuesday

After a long weekend filled with family, friends, a whole lot of turkey, and far too many great shopping deals, it seems fitting that the internet has dubbed today as #GivingTuesday . #GivingTuesday is a wonderful opportunity to take some time to recognize all that people do for one another.

At Protiviti, we emphasize Commitment to our Communities, which can easily be seen through broad initiatives such as the U.S. Intern Day of Service or our global iOnHunger campaign.  We are equally proud of the many unique ways that individuals in our workforce give back to causes about which they are passionate. In the spirit of #GivingTuesday, we wanted to highlight just a few of these stories.

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Meet Farid, an Associate Director in our IT Audit practice and co-founder of YellowBoots. YellowBoots is an amazing organization which provides disaster relief and humanitarian assistance to individuals and families coping with the aftermath of a disaster, natural or man-made. YellowBoots has been involved in clean-up and recovery efforts during Hurricane Sandy, Oklahoma tornadoes, Colorado flooding, both Nepalese and Ecuador earthquakes, and Hurricanes Maria and Harvey.

As an acting officer for YellowBoots, Farid has helped to set the direction of the organization. He has personally been involved on the ground during intake, demolition, mold remediation and rebuilding. Farid is also an activist in working to build relationships with local elected officials in his area to raise funds, source volunteers and collaborate with other non-profit organizations, both locally and abroad. Since 2013, Farid informed me that numerous Protiviti employees have actively been involved in restoration efforts alongside him! Thanks to our matching gifts program, there was even an instance where volunteer matching funds helped raise money to provide a 6 year old with a new prosthetic leg.

When asked for a ‘fun fact’ about his involvement in YellowBoots, Farid humbly admitted that “working alongside labor workers that have donated their time has allowed me to enhance my weak rebuild and restoration skills. I can also now mold remediate a home,” he continued. “I have also been able to provide some personal advice on mold remediation to fellow employees who have been forced to deal with the elements after having been flooded by natural disasters.” One thing Farid also mentioned is that he was thankful that YellowBoots was “able to take people who felt ‘helpless’ and keep them busy by helping others.” He noted, “we created friends and families out of complete strangers. I found that people want to help others, they just need to be asked. In the end, it drives an amazing energy, love and other volunteers to the cause.”

We’re extremely proud to have Farid as part of our Protiviti family. To read more, or to donate to YellowBoots, visit here.

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Farid and some of his YellowBoots team down in Texas after Hurricane Harvey

The Sunshine Center

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Meet Brandy, a Manager in our IT Audit practice and Director of The Sunshine Center. The Sunshine Center is a community service organization whose goal is to add a little extra sunshine to those who may need some by providing positivity, big hearts and a dedication to giving back and helping others.

As an organization, The Sunshine Center plans, organizes and coordinates with other local community centers to identify ways they can impact their local communities. Most recently, their team organized a Thanksgiving drive where they were able to donate 22 dry (non-perishable) thanksgivings to local families who may not otherwise have been able to afford a thanksgiving dinner.  They also participate in making greeting cards to send to those who could benefit from a cheerful surprise and have partnered with local shops and businesses in Buffalo, New York to host a Winter Drive to collect hats, scarves, gloves and socks to donate. In an effort to drive donations, The Sunshine Center even added some fun with a competitive edge noting that the shop that collects the most donations wins a prize!

As she continues to grow successfully in her career, I had to wonder how this superwoman does it all! Brandy told me she feels that “when you are able to enjoy life outside or work, you are able to better enjoy life at work”! She also noted that “having the support of [her] co-workers who contribute to and encourage the work of The Sunshine Center has been great”.

We’re so thankful for you, Brandy! Keep adding your sunshine to this world.

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The Sunshine Center helped to package 22 meals for families in need this past week for Thanksgiving!

Hope on the Slopes

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Meet Jason, a Managing Director in our Technology Consulting practice,  and an active participant and former board member of Hope on the Slopes.  The mission of Hope on the Slopes is to provide education and awareness for the American Cancer Society’s (ACS) programs through activity based skiing, snowboarding, hiking and outdoor fundraising programs and events.  The Hope on the Slopes events are signature fundraising events for the ACS organization and are held across several ski areas each winter.

Jason has actively been involved as a participant for the past 12 years and even was the captain for Protiviti’s first team at the Hope on the Slopes events in 2006. In 2007, he served as the overall chairperson for the Loveland Ski Area event. Jason still actively runs the Protiviti team and helps to raise funds for the Colorado-based events, which have greatly benefited from our employee match program! For this upcoming year, 2018, Protiviti will be the Platinum sponsor for the Hope on the Slope events across the Western US. In addition, for the second consecutive year, Protiviti professionals from our Denver, San Francisco, and Seattle offices are all planning to organize teams to support the cause. Now, that’s living Protiviti!

For more information on how you can contribute, please visit the Hope on the Slopes web page in the link above. Thank you very much to Jason and the rest of the Protiviti Hope on the Slopes team for all that you do for the American Cancer Society.  You make us proud!

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Some of the Protiviti team participating in Hope on the Slopes and rocking their best gear!

 

Houston Young Professionals Against Alzheimer’s / RivALZ – Blondes vs. Brunettes Powderpuff Football

Meet Casey Jo, U.S. Campus Recruiting Lead, board member for Houston Young Professionals Against Alzheimer’s (HYPAA), and former co-chair and team captain for the Blondes vs. Brunettes Southeast Texas Chapter which benefits RivALZ. Both HYPAA and RivALZ are organizations that work to spread awareness and fight Alzheimer’s through fundraising events and direct assistance to those families who are battling the disease.

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In 2017, Casey Jo took a board position with HYPAA to help fellow young adults who’s parents are, will, and have been battling early onset Alzheimer’s as non-traditional caregivers. Casey Jo and her husband, Jeff, were able to sponsor the event through a generous donation and through the Protiviti matching gifts programs, our parent company Robert Half is currently listed as a donor seen below.

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Robert Half International is listed as a donor in thanks to the matching program!

Prior to her involvement on the board for HYPAA, you could find Casey Jo on the football field for RivALZ’s annual Blondes vs. Brunettes Powder Puff game where she captained the team to the last Brunette Championship in 2014. I’d say it’s no coincidence that the last time the Brunettes won was under Casey Jo’s team leadership and her role as the pass rusher! After 2014, she served as the co-chair for the 2015 and 2016 games in which 2016 was the largest U.S. game for RivALZ in terms of the fundraising base. Check out the photos below to see Casey Jo in action and with her biggest inspiration, her father, who is the biggest reason she chooses to get involved to ‘tackle alzheimer’s”!

If you’re interested in learning more about HYPAA or RivALZ, you can visit their websites to find a chapter near you. We thank you, Casey Jo, for inspiring us and for being a positive impact!

I hope this post provides you with some inspiration for this #GivingTuesday — I know it certainly does for me!

–Cait

 

A Time For Saying Thank You

‘Tis the season of using coupons for free turkey, aisle wars for the last box of fried onion crisps, pretending to like Aunt Mary’s casserole, and your crazy cousin getting in a brawl over a football bet…or is that just my family? While some of us might be stocking up on our favorite treats and prepping to fully embrace the holiday with their crazy family, we wanted to take a moment to say a heartfelt THANK YOU to all our employees.

2017 has been an amazing year thus far and we couldn’t do it without you! Not only did we reach a goal of 5 million meals packed through iOnHunger, we also successfully completed the 4th Annual Intern Day of Service which involved over 2,200 hours of volunteered work from over 850 people. More broadly, our local offices all continue to stay committed to giving back. Many examples of this work can be found by following the hashtag #ProtivitiCares. For all of this and more, we thank you for making us proud!

Gathering Together and Giving Back

Here at Protiviti, we love working with students AND we love giving back.  We couldn’t tell you which of those things we love more.  Last week, these two favorite pastimes intertwined in a unique and meaningful way through a series of meal-packing events hosted at core recruiting schools around the U.S.

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At St. John’s University in New York City, over 150 people (including our CEO, who is a proud alum of SJU), gathered together to pack over 25,000 meals.

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At The University of Texas at Austin, over 60 current and former Longhorns (and a smattering of Tigers, Bears, and Aggies) gathered together to pack over 20,000 meals.

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At the University of Notre Dame, this group of Fighting Irish was over 100 people strong. Rugby players and professors, current, former, and future students, and friends of the Irish gathered together to pack over 30,000 meals.

The collective effort of these teams propelled Protiviti’s i on Hunger initiative to another significant milestone.  At this point, we have now provided over 5 million meals for hungry people around the world.

Thank you to all the students, professors, alumni, and family and friends who contributed to this cause!  With the Thanksgiving holiday just around the corner, you inspire us all by demonstrating that we are strongest when we work together to make good things happen for those in need.  Now THAT is truly what it means to be #livingprotiviti.

#WorkWeDo — Fighting Fraud, One Case At A Time

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We continue to highlight examples of the work we do here at Protiviti.  These stories showcase the variety of projects that our people team together on to deliver meaningful results for our clients — and also to learn something of value in the process.

Next up in our #WorkWeDo series, Ashley, a Consultant in Charlotte, shares how her work has helped a financial services client address issues of fraud in their business.

Protiviti Career:  What was the situation?

Ashley:  “The client, which is a private bank, was under consent order to complete a growing backlog of Anti-Money Laundering (AML) alert and case investigations.”

PC:  What was our team tasked with doing?

Ashley:  “When I joined the engagement, we were tasked with investigating and reviewing a backlog of AML cases, as well as “business-as-usual” cases, alerts, and high risk customer accounts.”

PC:  What actions did we take as part of this work?

Ashley:  “We developed 3 work streams that worked diligently to clear this backlog and took the initiative to deliver above and beyond by becoming the primary driver of “business-as-usual” cases, alerts, and high risk customer accounts for the bank. ”

PC:  What was the result?

Ashley:  “Our hard work and willingness to work extra hours to help the client meet regulator expectations ultimately helped us add value in other areas of the engagement, and won us additional work with the client.  What started as 1 to 2 resources helping the bank create action plans to address their consent order has now developed into an engagement of over 50 people.

Through this work, the team has learned collaboration skills (discussing with one another to determine action to take in various situations that we are individually reviewing); patience and attention to detail in our review; and effective business writing.

For me personally, as a result of this work, I studied, tested and became a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS).”

Thanks for the insights, Ashley!  Stay tuned for more glimpses into real client engagements that articulate the #WorkWeDo!