As we count down the days until American Banker’s 15th annual “The Most Powerful Women in Banking” awards dinner, we also continue to spotlight different #ProtivitiWomenInFSI. This series will feature a variety of women, from diverse backgrounds and career perspectives. While their stories are all unique, the one thing they have in common is that they work closely with Protiviti’s financial services clients. Next up in the series is Shuwen!
- What was your path to Protiviti? “I graduated from Tsinghua University in Beijing, China with a degree in Economics, then pursued a PHD in Economics at Virginia tech. I joined Protiviti through a Virginia Tech Alumni connection and was happy to find a lot of Hokies here! Go Hokies!”
- What is one of your most memorable FSI projects? “It was a very challenging model validation project with a tight deadline. We worked through a lot of documentations and conducted data and statistical analysis from “scratch”. When we delivered the analysis and reports to the client it went far beyond their expectations. We won more subsequent projects with the client and established a long-term relationship in various functions within their organization. It was one of the most memorable experiences because I was able to utilize my skill sets and contribute to the team while learning a tremendous amount.”
- What has been the biggest challenge you have faced working in the financial services industry? “I grew up in a completely different culture and with a different language. These factors contributed to the challenges I faced every day when navigating through my professional life. Being a minority and a female, it can be even more challenging in the financial services industry when I am trying to be assertive, express my ideas and establish my personal brand. Protiviti has helped me in overcoming these obstacles by giving me opportunities to participate in different diversity & inclusion initiatives and providing me with an executive and career advisor.”
- What advice would you give to both current and future women in banking to help them face the future with confidence? “Stay positive and find opportunities for growth even in adverse situations. Stay connected and often times you will find you are not alone and that people are supportive.”