Here at Protiviti, we believe in the power of a strong mentor. Someone who can help shape and guide your career, be your advocate and cheerleader for those big professional goals, and act as a role model to craft your professional story. That’s why each of our campus hires, including our interns, receives multiple mentors at different levels within the company.
This week, we are celebrating our Executive Advisors and the role they play in our interns’ experience. Next up in our series is Brad!
- Years at Protiviti – “14 years”
- Path to Protiviti – “Undergrad from Indiana University and MBA at Northwestern University. I started my career at Arthur Andersen and have been fortunate to work with a great team, at the same company (Andersen/Protiviti) my entire career”.
- Current Solution and/or Industry focus – “I lead our Internal Audit and Financial Advisory (“IAFA”) practice in the Chicago Market and our Public Company Transformation (“PCT”) practice for the Central Region.”
- Why is being a mentor important to you?– “I would not be where I am today without the support of several key mentors and the guidance they have provided to me. While we all work for the same firm, our paths change over time. Seeking guidance from a mentor is an invaluable way to work through those changes. I continue to meet regularly with several of my mentors. Being a mentor to others is one of the most rewarding activities I do (both at Protiviti and outside of Protiviti).”
- What is one meaningful moment you have had as a mentor or mentee? – “Learning about “career equity” and building that concept into my career and ALL of my mentees’ careers. For those of you not aware of career equity, send me an email and I’ll be happy to explain it to you. The concept is simple – a career is more than just work, it’s about your life and how you build your career portfolio. That portfolio consists of 5 key assets that evolve over time. Self-reflection and evaluation are performed multiple times a year (especially when a significant event occurs in your life – like getting married, having children, loss of a loved one, etc.) While the concept is simple, it’s a very effective way to re-prioritize what’s important, why it’s important and what are you going to do about it.”
- What is one piece of advice you’d give our interns? – “Life is short (and so is your internship). Meet as many people as you can over the summer and ask yourself – are these the people and the type of organization where I would want to build a career? If you aren’t sure yet, come talk to one of the MDs in the office. We have a very open culture and want to get to know you & help you with this very important decision.”