What is your current role?
I am a Senior Consultant at Ernst & Young working with the Business Tax Advisory and the Private Client Services practices. In addition to the responsibilities of my position, I am also the leader of EY’s local Women’s Network.
In addition to my role with EY, I am a Fellow at the Chartered Management Institute in the UK and I serve on the Board of Directors and Chair the Finance, Investment, and Resource Development Committee at a non-profit organization.
Why did you want to be on the Alumni Advisory Board?
Joining and graduating from Imperial always gave me a sense of love, pride and belonging, I learnt so much as a student both inside and outside of the classroom, and since graduation I have always tried to stay involved with Imperial. So far I tried to be involved in many Imperial initiatives, including becoming a Student Recruitment Ambassador, supporting the Dean’s Fund, serving as a Student Mentor, and sharing my alumni profile on the website. So I wanted to strengthen my involvement with the Business School by becoming an Alumni Advisory Board member and I believe that this will allow me to contribute to the Board’s vision and strategy, to raise awareness about the Business School, its academic achievements and to benefit the alumni community.
What value do you get from actively maintaining your connection with the Business School and Alumni Network?
Having connections with the Business School allows me to stay informed about all of its new projects and initiatives directed at the alumni community, and gives me a sense of belonging to Imperial.
As for my connections with fellow alumni, apart from the fact that it is always fun to exchange experiences and memories from our time at Imperial, they provide me with a strong and influential professional network that is rich with knowledge, experience, insights, and opportunities.
What is your fondest memory from your time at the Business School?
One of my favourite memories is from the Business Simulation course, where each group had to record a video to present their findings about a project in a fun and creative way. In the end the videos were very untraditional and highlighted the innovative thinking of each group.
Another favourite academic memory was when my group received a special recognition by the Programme Director for our work on the programme’s final Consulting Project during the end of programme celebratory dinner.
What was the most important learning you took away with you from the Business School?
Perseverance, professionalism, a wealth of knowledge and skills, and the ability to maintain a balanced work-life schedule.
Studying at the Business School pushed me to continuously explore. It refined my financial and strategic consulting skills, widened my horizons, and brought out the entrepreneur in me.
What advice would you give to a prospective student considering studying at the Business School?
I would encourage them to make the best out of their time at the Business School and in London, to never miss an opportunity to be involved in the School’s activities, to make friendships that could last a lifetime, and pursue your dreams.
What do you feel is a key consideration that people need to take into account as they develop their career?
Never shy away from dreaming big and always go after what they want rather than wait for others to help them. Great things will happen to those who pursue them.
My advice is to embrace change and to always be open to new opportunities and new challenges.
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