When Peggy Hsii, the project manager for Accenture’s Industrial Internet of Things project with the World Economic Forum, returned to her office after attending the Forum’s annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland, we asked her to tell us a little about her life as an Accenture employee.
What’s your current role at Accenture?
I’m a manager in Accenture’s IT Strategy practice based out of New York City. Most recently, my primary focus has been on developing research on the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) -- the advanced communication between machinery and systems via the Internet-- understanding its impact on businesses and society, and identifying actions that need to be taken by stakeholders to accelerate its uptake. I’m currently working as the project manager for the research Accenture is conducting in collaboration with the World Economic Forum on IIoT. I’ve also been on a number of engagements advising clients on mergers and acquisitions, cost analysis and reduction, and operating model refinement. Thanks to the variety of work Accenture offers, my experience ranges across industries, including consumer products, electronics and high-tech, communications, private equity, and healthcare.
What does a typical day for you look like?
On my current engagement with the World Economic Forum, I typically work from their office in New York City. I work closely with Paul Daugherty, Accenture CTO, and with Accenture Technology Labs in San Jose, California. Accenture Technology Labs is our R&D organization that explores new and emerging technologies and invents the next wave of cutting-edge business solutions for actual client engagements. I also serve as the first point of contact for Accenture for anything related to the Forum. For the project on IIoT, our team has conducted research, interviews, a survey, and a number of workshops held in various locations including Manila, San Jose, Tianjin, and Munich. I support and contribute to these activities and interact with and manage relationships with our clients at the Forum and their constituents on a daily basis. In January of this year, I joined the Accenture delegation as we presented our research findings at the Forum’s Annual Meeting, which was held in Davos, Switzerland.
I know you manage to keep busy outside of the office—what are some of your hobbies?
I am extremely active, and I’m passionate about fitness. I try to squeeze in a workout at least five times a week. I am an avid snowboarder, runner, and scuba diver. I ran the New York City Marathon last year and hope to run the Chicago Marathon this year. I am also a team captain for the SoCal Ragnar Relay, where I will lead a team of twelve across 200 miles of Southern California terrain. I love traveling for pleasure, and have visited over 40 countries and summited Mount Kilimanjaro.
What advice do you have for our readers?
Life as a consultant at Accenture is dynamic and unpredictable. You should be comfortable dealing with ambiguous situations. No two consultants will have the same career path, and it’s important to be proactive and drive your own career and try things outside of your comfort zone.