In July I bid (a virtual) goodbye to the team at Accenture. I spent nearly two decades at Accenture, where (to paraphrase John Del Santo) ‘Insurance found me’ in my fourth week out of school. I was introduced to the organization as a Junior in High School, while on a college visit - joining Accenture in Chicago quickly became my goal (as Kathy Wieland can attest in the hours she spent seeking to help me find a second choice I could get excited about). I still vividly remember sneaking off to the restroom, during another interview, to listen to the voicemail from Brenda Hoffmeister informing me I had been selected to conduct my final interviews in Chicago.
The rest, as they say, is history…. A few highlights:
- Graduation on a Friday, final move to Chicago Over the weekend
- Orientation in the basement of 180 N LaSalle on Monday
- Local training on the 23rd floor of 161 - I still haven’t recovered from Cosi every day for lunch
- First trip to St. Charles for two weeks of Core Analyst School with my global start group
- Two years in Erie, PA
- First trip outside the USA - to Barcelona
- Four years in Des Moines/Columbus/Sacramento
- Weathering the Great Recession outside LA and in NJ
- Designing Forms Manager & Filing Manger on a whiteboard in NJ
- European Tour to promote Policy Components
- First trips to Boliver, MO, Tokyo, and Sydney
- That winter we spent in Madison
- Back to New Jersey - my first start-up insurance company client
- Helping craft the first suite SaaS sale - and working with the great team we pulled together in Boston
- A winter in Atlanta
- A winter and spring just outside of Milwaukee
- Back to Boston - another start-up Insurance company
- The Big Apple for my last fall and winter
- Remote work supporting local and LA clients
- A few photos
People have repeatedly asked why I joined Accenture and why I stayed for so long - and everyone got the same answer. I joined first for the opportunities and second for the people I’d met along the process. I stayed first for the people, and second for those opportunities.
From that first project - where drinking from the firehose didn’t begin to describe the learning curve required, through to promotion to Managing Director years later - I didn’t accomplish anything on my own - it was always a team - supervisors and mentors pulling me upward and countless teams pushing me forward.
Of course, the teams and I couldn’t have accomplished anything without our clients. A huge thank you to all of you for your partnership and support along the way - I learned more than I know from you as we put our heads together to Deliver High Performance.
I can’t begin to name the most impactful colleagues or clients as I’d embarrassingly leave way too many out. Please know that each one of you is a critical part of leader I am today! Thank you.
With that I say Goodbye to my Accenture Adventure! #BeGreaterThan