Each year we recognize the exemplary efforts of our volunteers who regularly give their time to causes they care about. We are proud to shine a bright spotlight on one of those special people—Alexis Stevens, an Atlanta-based Technology Consulting Senior Manager who is the recipient of Accenture’s U.S. Corporate Citizenship Volunteer Award.
Alexis talks about Accenture’s culture of giving and her work with two Accenture nonprofit partners, The Scholarship Academy and City of Refuge.
What inspires you to volunteer?
I’ve often been told by friends and family that I am a “giver.” I love helping people and planning events, so organizing volunteer events is doubly gratifying for me. Using the skills I’ve developed through my job to help someone else is a great feeling.
How are you using digital tools to help youth and women find jobs?
We recently held a career planning session for women at City of Refuge using the Skills to Succeed Learning Exchange, an online platform that offers more than 100 online and smartphone courses and resources specifically focused on helping people find employment. The women in our session took a personality assessment that matched them with potential career paths. They were so excited to read about their personalities and the potential job profiles they had never imagined for themselves!
What is one of your favorite volunteering moments?
I’ve been involved in volunteering at Accenture since I joined 10 years ago, so I have many great memories! One of my favorites is when we had a group volunteer event at a local scholarship fair. We were responsible for helping teens with their elevator pitches. We helped about 80 students and chose finalists to present to a crowd of about 200 people! The best part of the event was that the audience selected two winners who received scholarships from Accenture.
Alexis Stevens, far left, with her colleagues at The Scholarship Academy Fair
What has volunteering taught you?
Volunteering has taught me the importance of meeting people at all different life-states. You can plan an event down to the minute but as soon as the event starts, you may have to customize it to the people you are trying to serve. It’s okay to go off-topic and abandon the agenda. It's important that people walk away with new skills or insights.
Why is it important to give back?
One of the most important aspects of giving back is paying it forward. My goal is to help someone who will in turn help someone else, who will then help someone else…and so on.
How do you plan to make a difference in the year ahead?
This year, I plan to get more involved by mentoring youth through a nonprofit partner. Being a sounding board for young people as they start to make adult decisions appeals to me. I want to share my experiences in “adulting”—not only discussing the successes, but discussing the failures, too.
Learn more about our U.S. Corporate Citizenship Volunteer Awards Winners.
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