I joined Accenture 15 years ago, and have focused primarily on organizational change management, including roles in leadership development, training and communications design and development and stakeholder implementation readiness. I’m currently aligned with Accenture Software (ASW), where I am able to apply my passions to Integrated Eligibility (IE) Projects and still sponsor People Engagement activities within ASW. I am currently focused on Ohio IE while I continue to work on growing our business. Although the work is intense, my leadership team has been supportive in helping me balance my career with my other priorities.
As an executive, I also lead a team of people and am proud to offer similar types of support, wherever possible, that my leadership team has shown me over the years. Accenture has been very helpful, offering the flexibility I needed to care for an ailing parent early in my career and now my role as a single mother. In turn, I’m committed to helping my team members manage their professional and personal responsibilities as well, while balancing demanding client responsibilities.
At least three days a week I’m at a client site, and my son stays with his father. When I’m at a client, I’m typically meeting with our clients and working with my team to meet our deliverables. On those days when I’m not at the client, I work from home and connect virtually with my client, currently the Ohio Integrated Eligibility project, and the Accenture Software Team, which gives me the flexibility to take my son to school and to his weekly swimming lessons.
I also make sure I take time for myself each day, whether it’s going for a jog, reading a book, or going to church. To build in time with my son, my family and myself, I schedule those things, just like you would schedule a meeting!
I’m very health conscious, and make it a point to hike, bike, run or do something athletic activity at least four times per week. I hold a third-degree black belt in Tang Soo Do, a Korean martial art, and used to run a Tang Soo Do school and compete nationally. Today, I train more recreationally and help teach my 3-year-old son some of the basic principles and disciplines associated with the Martial Arts.
I’m also a certified scuba diver, and I’ve dived in Fiji, Hawaii, Mexico and the Caribbean. But my best trip yet was taking my son on his first snorkeling trip recently! I also build in time for spiritual activity, whether it’s meditating or going to church. And, of course, I make time for my son and my extended family.
One more thing I’m committed to is animal advocacy. I’m exploring an organization called Green Chimneys, looking to build a connection with them. It’s a group that helps troubled children by supporting them with animal therapy.
People need to be active proponents of their own careers. That means you develop your own personal sponsor/mentor/support network. You establish your priorities, and then you carve out the time. If you don’t carve it out, no one else is going to do it for you. But when you do carve out that time, while still meeting your client responsibilities, Accenture will respect that and will support you.
I find that when I’m really busy I’m most effective at the juggling act. The busier you are, the more you accomplish in a day. The most important thing is to try to remain positive even during difficult times – we create what we believe is possible!