As a woman in a professional service firm, it's really about owning your career. It's about building your mentors and your network. People say it takes a village, sometimes it does, and I think you need to really focus on growing your career, owning your career and being engaged in what that means. There's opportunities that will be presented. Don't shy away from them. You only learn by taking risks in this career and really the sky's the limit. It's up to you individually to embrace it and to drive it.
I guess I've just always felt that it's important to step out of my comfort zone when I'm working on things and not be afraid to ask for new opportunities, or not being afraid to say, ‘hey, you know, I'm really interested in this. Can you help me figure out who I should talk to, or what I need to do to be able to do that’, so I think it's really important to take chances and not get too set in your ways.
Working at KPMG within the industrial manufacturing industry has been a phenomenal experience. As a marketing manager, I've gotten the opportunity to interact and build relationships with some partners who I normally wouldn't get a chance to have relationships with. They've really helped open the door me in terms of my career.
I've had an awesome career at KPMG. I just completed 36 years with the firm, so as I enter into my 37th year it gives you a chance to really reflect on the journey that my career has been and I have had tremendous opportunity within the automotive industry in Detroit in the industrial manufacturing sector, which I serve a number of clients and other industries, such as chemicals and defense and it has really broadened my experiences and allowed me to be an exemplary real professional in those areas.