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Meet Dipti Sharma, an avid reader, a doting mother and a passionate consultant

Diptio Sharma

How long have you been with Accenture?

It’s been more than seven years.

Tell us about your role and what a typical day for you looks like.

I work with India-based clients in Talent and Organization Strategy, helping them address challenges related to capability building, operating model, organization structure and talent management. On a typical day, you will find me meeting client expectations, getting client’s feedback on in-progress deliverables, reviewing team’s work, providing direction to the team, and finding and testing new ways to address the challenges faced by the client.

What do you enjoy most about your current job?

I like the diversity of my work as there are multiple sub-functional areas in Talent and Organization. My project, client and team changes with every new assignment. It keeps things fresh and new every day. I also love how we constantly keep ourselves updated and ahead of the curve that enables us to solve problems—old or new—in new ways.

How did you decide to join this profession?

I must say I was lucky. One of the first companies in my campus was a consulting firm and I cracked the interview. Great experience on my first consulting project kept me hooked.

What do you think is the best part of being a woman in the industry?

Consulting offers a lot of flexibility in terms of projects or assignments. In the initial five years of my career, I was traveling almost every day—Monday to Friday—and enjoyed it thoroughly. But, after becoming a mother, I had to look for other options within consulting that were less demanding. I was surprised to explore the array of options Accenture offer—including working part time, playing an SME role on a project, leading a project that doesn’t require traveling or providing business/market development support, as needed. I believe if you are passionate about what you do, the industry offers you myriads of growth opportunities.

As a woman employee, what are the benefits you think you have at Accenture

Accenture is an equal opportunity company. The organization offers flexible work arrangements, various career options and great growth opportunities. Accenture also has women-focused programs including the returning mother program and Vaahini—a network to empower women.

How does Accenture groom you into becoming a leader?

Accenture helped me groom into a leader by offering me opportunities to manage a team, interact with the senior leadership to understand the bigger picture and participate in leadership development programs (including specific for women leaders)

In terms of upskilling, how do you think Accenture is placed to meet future industry demands?

Accenture is focusing on new skills in the market. Our TechXpert is certainly a unique program to enable people in consulting to learn what is new in technology. It helps engage with the client in more meaningful ways.

What advice would you give to a woman considering a career in the industry? What do you wish you had known?

It is very important to be agile. As things are changing faster than ever, learning new things quickly will be the key differentiator in the market.

Would you say from your own experience, that you’ve seen improvements in diversity over the years? –

Accenture drives a culture of inclusion and diversity. I feel Accenture’s focus on diversity has increased over years. The organization has come up with multiple women-focused program to groom more leaders.

How do you balance work and your personal life?

Being a mother, my daughter’s wellbeing is important for me. I believed setting the right expectations at the start helps define right timelines and manage client expectations in advance as well.

Quick Facts

Dipti Sharma with a baby

A gadget you can’t live without

Apart from my phone, it is Kindle—I read every day, even if it is a few pages.

How do you recharge?

I read a lot and watch sports.

New music band/book/sport which has caught your attention

Right now, I am totally glued to FIFA World Cup matches.

An advice that sticks with you?

I want to pass on the advice that I got from one of the Accenture leaders “Be good to everyone: your supervisor, your client, your colleagues. The goodness will come around.”

Book/movies that has the power to inspire

I find two books very inspiring: Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson; and Elon Musk: How the Billionaire CEO of Spacex and Tesla is Shaping our Future by Ashlee Vance.

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