#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.

YellowBoots

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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

 

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.

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.

 

 

Farewell 2017 Interns

It’s hard to believe, but this afternoon our 2017 internship program will officially come to a close. Over the past eight and a half weeks, our interns have worked, played and volunteered with incredible tenacity. Let’s take a moment to look back on this internship and see all that our 221 summer interns have accomplished.

They attended 15 baseball gamesphoenix-2017-intern-baseball-game-4_36122060306_o

..and participated in 20 D&I themed activities. Houston

Relaxed, networked and played at 135 Social Events

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… while building relationships with their 588 Advisors. 

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They set over 600 Goals..

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…and volunteered over 2,280 hours. 

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Consumed an unknown amount of coffee

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…and built strong relationships with a countless number of
recruiters, mentors, project leads, support teams and Protiviti colleagues.

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Thank you to each and every intern on all of your hard work this summer! We wish you the best of luck back at school this fall!

 

ProPRIDE Spotlight: Patrick Luong

Last month our Executive Lead of proPRIDE shared his perspective on Pride Month and the importance of an inclusive workforce. He kicked off our summer proPRIDE series in which we are spotlighting various members of Protiviti’s internal proPRIDE employee group and their unique perspectives. Next up in the series is New York Manager and co-founder of proPRIDE, Patrick!

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Outside of work, Patrick loves to travel! He is pictured above in Bali, Indonesia.

  • What is your background and path to Protiviti? “I was recruited during my penultimate semester at the University of Oklahoma. I majored in Finance and Accounting with a minor in MIS. I started at Protiviti as an Internal Audit Financial Advisory consultant on the technology side. I then went on to spend a year and a half in the same solution but on the Process side. I ultimately switched in to Business Performance Improvement. I love the flexibility this firm has afforded me!”
  • How have you been involved with the LGBTQIA+ community within Protiviti and in your personal life? “As co-founder and Chair of proPRIDE, I have been working with the proPRIDE Board and local chapter co-leads from the beginning. I help plan and implement initiatives such as AIDS Walks and achieving 100% on the Human Rights Campaign Corporate Equality Index (CEI). Personally, I try to remember the challenges I faced and try my best to pass on the lessons I learned to the LGBTQIA+ individuals I come across when appropriate.”
  • Tell me a story of how you overcame an obstacle due to being LGBTQIA+ and how it has contributed to success in your career? “Being raised with Confucian values, I was taught to seek harmony as much as possible. Although this helped in a lot of areas, it was counterproductive to creating change; because change by definition is disruptive and disharmonious. Seeing that we didn’t have an LGBTQIA+ organization at Protiviti and envisioning how much value and validation that would create for others, I asked the firm for protocols on starting a new employee network group. Working closely with Philip Maziarz, proPRIDE Executive Champion, and David Black, proPRIDE Co-Founder/Vice Chair, we successfully applied for and started proPRIDE in May 2014. I think this experience has greatly shaped and strengthened my professional voice and courage.”
  • What advice would you give to individuals at Protiviti who may not feel that same confidence in their professional lives? “Take your time. We all move at a different pace. There is no right or wrong speed as we all have our different number of internal toll gates to pass through before we are ready to be our full authentic selves.”

Continue following along and join the conversation using the hashtag #proPRIDE. Stay tuned as we continue spotlighting additional #proPRIDE members and some of the dynamic things this group is doing!

#ProtivitiPromos – Meet Salima!

Twice a year we take some time to celebrate and recognize our colleagues that were recently promoted into a new role. These exciting career milestones are a big part of each employee’s Protiviti journey and a momentous accomplishment. Throughout the remainder of this month, we are going to spotlight a few of these individuals. Next up in our #ProtivitiPromos series is Salima from Charlotte!

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Salima is a newly promoted Risk and Compliance Manager in our Charlotte office

  • Years at Protiviti: “2 years in November!”
  • Path to Protiviti: “Prior to Protiviti I worked at Citibank for 4 years in various compliance roles. I was primarily focused on Anti-Money Laundering in Tampa, FL.”
  • Current Solution and/or Industry focus: “I work in Risk and Compliance with a focus on Anti-Money Laundering.”
  • What do you enjoy about building your career at Protiviti? “The first thing that comes to mind when thinking about what I have enjoyed about building my career at Protiviti are the people I have met along the way. I have had the opportunity to work with some amazing people who have all been very encouraging and supportive of my growth and experience at the firm. Additionally, I could not have asked for a better office than the Charlotte office to start my Protiviti career. The sense of family and camaraderie within the Charlotte office makes it so easy to call home. I also enjoy having the opportunity to work with various clients and being able to apply my prior experience to assist with their needs.”
  • Who has contributed to your success or been a mentor to you during your Protiviti career?  “There are so many individuals and leaders within the company that have contributed to my success in one way or another. Being from industry with no experience in consulting, my career advisor Brendan, assisted me in making the transition smoothly. Additionally, my mentor Juan, who has also been my manager on various projects, has put me in positions to succeed by being available to answer questions and providing perspective.”
  • What advice would you give to younger consultants on how to progress their careers?: “My advice to younger consultants is to seek opportunities by reaching out to individuals within the firm. Ask questions about our solutions and seek advice on communicating with clients.”

..So what did career advisor Brendan have to say about Salima? 

“Salima came to Protiviti with a solid background in banking and anti-money laundering (AML). Since she started with us, she has proven time and again to be a reliable team leader on demanding AML projects, as well as a trustworthy mentor and source of AML knowledge for the other consultants on her projects. Salima’s promotion to manager is not only well-deserved, but just the beginning of the next phase of her bright career to come.”

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Outside of work, Salima enjoys exploring Charlotte with her husband and their dog (pictured above). She said she also enjoys traveling and exploring new cities with friends.  

#ProtivitiPromos – Meet Rohan!

Twice a year we take some time to celebrate and recognize our colleagues that were recently promoted into a new role. These exciting career milestones are a big part of each employee’s Protiviti journey and a momentous accomplishment. Throughout the remainder of this month, we are going to spotlight a few of these individuals. Next up in our #ProtivitiPromos series is Rohan from San Francisco!

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Rohan is a newly promoted Manager in our San Francisco office

  • Years at Protiviti: “3 years.”
  • Path to Protiviti: “I interned at Protiviti in 2013 while getting an MBA and MS in Engineering Management at Cal Poly SLO. I started full time after graduation.”
  • Current Solution and/or Industry focus: “I work in ERP Solutions. My main industry experience is in manufacturing and biotechnology / pharmacy.”
  • What do you enjoy about building your career at Protiviti? “I enjoy the different projects and people I get to work with (both within Protiviti and at clients), as well as the different skill-sets I’ve been able to develop through project work. I also like that travel has been a part of my job. I’ve been lucky enough to go to some cool places through work, including Monterrey, Hong Kong, Beijing, and several US cities.”
  • What advice would you give to younger consultants on how to progress their careers?: “Don’t say no to anything early in your career. Try different things to find out what you like and then pursue those areas deeper. Don’t be shy about letting your mentors and talent management team know about the areas you’re passionate about and want to pursue. On projects, always be thinking about what you can do to not only meet your stated objectives, but also go above and beyond to provide exceptional service to your clients.”

..but what does Rohan’s career advisor, Senior Manager Ashay, have to say? 

“Rohan has been my mentee since his undergrad internship days with Protiviti. He has grown in his consultant role over the years, and has shown tremendous application of knowledge and industry best practices, from very early on. He has carved out a niche for himself particularly in the SAP GRC space and I am not surprised at the promotion. Clients love Rohan and he is an asset to our Bay Area practice. I am proud of you and good luck!”

Rohan Fun

Outside of work, Rohan enjoys playing soccer, going to the gym, traveling, spending time with his girlfriend and friends, and eating lots of good food. He is pictured above trying a local-style Beijing barbecue spot while traveling for work!