The Working Mother party continues!
Protiviti is honored to have been named to Working Mother magazine’s “Best 100 Companies” list and celebrated this accomplishment during a gala dinner last night in New York City. During the gala, each winner honored a “Working Mother of the Year” from their respective company.
A BIG congratulations to our very own, Ana Amato, who was honored as our Working Mother of the Year. We are so proud of you, Ana! The Working Mother of the Year award celebrates moms who exemplify passion, leadership, and resilience. Ana, a Managing Director in the Internal Audit and Financial Advisory solution, has excelled at building a meaningful career, being a mom, engaging with her local community, and creating opportunities for her colleagues to succeed. Ana, who has been with Protiviti since 2006, lives in Atlanta with her husband Greg and two daughters, 7-year-old Cecilia and 4-year-old Elena. Known around the firm as an approachable leader, Ana’s varied roles at Protiviti give her the unique opportunity to share insights into being a successful leader and mother.
At Protiviti, there are several programs in place that are designed to support working parents who are juggling careers and families because we understand the importance of work/life blend. Ana, who knows that balance all too well, is passionate about supporting, coaching, and mentoring working parents at Protiviti. Aside from her daily responsibilities as a Managing Director, she also serves as an advisor to women and working moms at all career levels at Protiviti. In fact, she was instrumental in the founding of the Atlanta chapter of Protiviti’s Women’s Network (iGROWW), which focuses on the growth and retention of women in the workplace. Ana believes one of the best ways to support working mothers is by also mentoring working fathers and empowering all working parents to thrive in work and life.
At this point, you’d think Ana is at full capacity with work, extracurricular activity and family life, right? But somehow, she still finds other ways to give back! Ana is heavily involved in diversity and inclusion initiatives at Protiviti, as well as various professional organizations and associations that give back to the community, and she remains committed to setting an example for those around her. Because of this, Ana was also recently recognized as one of the Atlanta Business Chronicle’s 2018 40 Under 40 award honorees. This award showcases influential young leaders and professionals for their outstanding success in business and their contributions to local communities. “I am humbled by the recognition,” Ana says. “I have been the beneficiary of great mentors within the firm throughout my career that have encouraged me to pursue my professional and personal goals. I am grateful for the opportunity to try to do the same for others.”
At Protiviti, Ana leads the Magnet for Talent global initiative, where she collaborates with recruiting and leadership to recruit a diverse roster of top talent and develop inclusive programs, like the Atlanta Growth and Retention of Women at Work group in 2010 (iGROWW). She’s also the executive sponsor of the Atlanta office Best People and Culture team, which focuses on creating a great place to work for all.
Ana also oversees the Protiviti Atlanta CommUnity Scholarship program, which is funded entirely by Protiviti Atlanta employees, and works with the Boys and Girls Club of Atlanta to identify high school candidates for $8,000 scholarships to be disbursed throughout a student’s college career. Outside Protiviti, Ana supports her business school alma mater, serving as chair of the advisory board for the Executive Women of Goizueta (EWG). EWG, which facilitates, promotes, and inspires personal and professional leadership for Goizueta women, hosts annual roundtables, a summer speaker series in Atlanta, and raises money to fund MBA scholarships for local female business leaders.Ana, who is originally from Honduras, proudly embraces her experience as an immigrant. This year, she spoke to more than 230 interns at the June U.S. Intern Challenge about her experiences. And in 2018, after completing Leadership Atlanta’s nine-month executive program, she led the efforts to create a communication plan that attracted volunteers and donors to support the Georgia Asylum and Immigration Network (GAIN), an organization that provides free legal services in immigration matters to victims of crime, abuse, and persecution so they can live in safety, seek justice, and rebuild their lives. She often returns to Honduras to give back, as well. On a recent trip over the holidays, she took her husband and daughters on Christmas Eve to deliver hundreds of toys to children living in extreme poverty.
We aren’t quite sure how she does it all but we know one thing for sure – no one deserves this award more than you. On behalf of Protiviti, we want to say ‘thank you’ for leading the way and all that you do. We appreciate you, Ana!