Innovation. Reinvention. Growth.
Those are the words that Jamie Maldonado uses as she describes her life, leaving behind family in Puerto Rico at age 8 and traveling to Massachusetts alongside her single mom.
“I didn’t speak a ‘lick’ of English!” she declares with a laugh.
Yet today, Jamie is entrusted with helping C-suite executives adapt their technology strategy and operating models to fast-changing times.
Whether it’s strategizing innovative ways to use technology to improve the retail shopping experience for customers or finding new sources of growth to help clients compete in the high-tech marketplace, seeing ideas come to life is tremendously gratifying.
“When it comes to innovation, I’m passionate about helping our clients future-proof against change,” Jamie says. “Part of that comes from that fact that I’ve had to challenge my own self to grow and change and innovate.”
She appreciates Accenture’s emphasis on including diverse voices around the table. “When you work at a consulting company like Accenture, you need those different perspectives to solve the difficult challenges we have in front of us,” she explains.
Through Accenture’s Hispanic-American Employee Resource Group, Jamie helps other Latinos navigate corporate culture—like how she and her now-husband were peer advisors to first-generation Hispanic college students while attending Tufts University.
As she was growing up, Jamie’s family struggled financially. Her mom, Doris Torres, took house-cleaning jobs to supplement her pay as a teaching assistant.
Later, after she had exceeded her mother’s steep expectations—by becoming an honor student, Junior ROTC officer, drill team captain and winning scholarships for undergraduate and graduate school—Jamie faced another challenge: finding and using her voice.
“I’ve always been reserved,” she explains. “I’m an introvert. But now I trust myself more. I know that what I’m saying is valuable and is driving the conversation forward.’’
That’s part of the career lesson she offers to others wanting to follow in her footsteps.
“More than anything,” she says, “I believe in possibility.”
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