Throughout the month of November, we are posting a blog series spotlighting Protiviti’s Women in IT. Today, in honor of Veterans Day here in the U.S., we spotlight a woman in IT who is also a veteran.
Let’s meet Lorraine Mauro. Lorraine joined Protiviti after closing out a 14-year career as a US Army Logistics Officer. While on Active Duty, she led more than 150 soldiers through a number of Combat Logistics Patrols delivering critical supplies across northern Iraq. In her last position on Active Duty, Lorraine was selected to be the Project Management Officer for the development of a new Enterprise Resource Planning Solution for warehousing materials that are not organic to the US Army’s equipment fleet. It was on this project that she developed a great appreciation for the impact that ERP systems have on an organizations effectiveness, and Lorraine knew technology consulting would be a natural career move. During the last year, as a Senior Consultant in Protviti’s ERP solution team, based out of New York, Lorraine has had the opportunity to deliver exceptional value to our clients through various service offerings to include: SAP Configurable Controls, Pre and Post Implementation Reviews, and Governance, Risk, and Compliance (GRC) Ruleset Review. Lorraine has a bachelors degree in Political Science from Temple University and an MBA from Northeastern University. She is a member of Protiviti’s Veterans Employee Network Group, which connects veterans across our offices.
When we had some time to connect with Lorraine, we asked her the following questions:
- What attracted you to Protiviti? “The culture at Protiviti is one that inspires teamwork and promotes a genuine focus on the well-being of its people — two attributes that have been deeply instilled in me throughout my service in the Army. I knew right away Protiviti would be an excellent place to grow my career in the corporate world while also developing other young professionals.”
- What excites you the most about your work in IT? “I truly appreciate a challenge and every project/client offers a new and exciting challenge to work through. My problem solving skills are always being tested which makes finding the solution that much more rewarding and finding that type of intrinsic reward in my career is definitely exciting.”
- What has been the biggest challenge you have faced working in IT? “Technology offerings are changing and improving daily and keeping up with the updates is certainly challenging however, it is also what keeps the work engaging! It is almost impossible to feel stagnant working in the technology field.”
- Where do you see Protiviti in the IT space in the next 5 years? “Protiviti as a whole is on the rise and carving out a great space in the market. The IT practice is growing rapidly and I certainly do not see it slowing down. I had the opportunity to support the campus recruiting efforts this past month and I was thoroughly impressed by the talent and drive of these young students. Given the talent that already exists in the IT practice as well as the future talent coming out of the superb recruiting efforts I see Protiviti continuing to improve its position.”
- Who has played a critical role in the development in your career? “I don’t know if I can narrow it down enough to avoid being too general. But in all honesty, I believe the greatest impact on my development has been the ERP team as a whole. Each member of the team has inspired me to bring my absolute best to the work daily. I am continuously impressed by their commitment to the clients as well as each other.”
- What do you enjoy doing outside of work? “I am very proud of my service to the nation and continue to serve as a Major in the US Army Reserves. So when I am not in a suit or a uniform, I like to spend time enjoying time with my son, Jacob!”
Thank you, Lorraine, for your service to our country, and for being one of Protiviti’s amazing women in IT! We appreciate your leadership and valuable career and life insights.