We all draw inspiration from various sources—from people, places and experiences throughout our lives. It’s how we apply that inspiration that matters.
I was born in Bucharest, Romania, before the fall of the Berlin Wall. When I was two, my dad defected, and it took about three years for my mother and I to be reunited with our family.
Some of my most powerful childhood memories are of standing in line at various government agencies, trying to get approval to leave the country and reunite with him. This experience made me realize from a very young age the impact that the public sector has on our daily lives—and the importance of organizational change.
I knew life was already hard enough, so I wanted to take every opportunity to make processes in everyday life easier, friendlier and more efficient. That way, we could all focus on more productive things. So, that’s exactly what I did.
From inspiration to action
After finishing my studies, I joined Accenture—and spent the best part of the last 18 years at the intersection of technology and organizational change, working to improve the public sector.
One of my first projects as a consultant in Health and Public Service was for the U.S. Department of Education, helping to modernize university financial assistance programs. Having been through the financial aid process myself, I knew it was very inefficient and far from streamlined. So, it was hugely exciting for me to be part of the team that put the financial aid form online, integrating the data so it can operate more efficiently. Being part of that large-scale transformation is one of the highlights of my career.
Following this experience, I was inspired to bring Accenture expertise to the U.S. nonprofit sector. I wanted to create a skills-based volunteer program that gave our people the opportunity to help nonprofit clients, allowing us to give something back to our local communities, while also learning from the experience.
Before I knew it, I was spearheading a relief project for the victims of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans. And after connecting with a few more like-minded individuals, the skills-based volunteer program was formalized—and it’s still in place today.
We’re more than thinkers—we’re doers.
The people of Accenture are smart, hardworking and practical. I believe it’s our culture that differentiates us from other consulting firms. We are doers, not just thinkers. We take on and implement large-scale technology projects for clients. We figure out the theory, and we put it into practice.
Our innovation is applied to work that will make a difference, helping us become better, stronger and safer. At the end of the day, it’s all summed up in our mission statement: to improve the way the world works and lives.
Be persistent and flexible.
If you’re considering a career in consulting, remember not to lose sight of what’s important to you, and realize that getting to where you want takes time. Know what you’re about, and be persistent and flexible in getting there.
Find an opportunity at Accenture and be inspired to do work that truly makes a difference.
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