Note: Over the next months I’ll be posting interviews with a number of key members of the Cicero team here and on my LinkedIn account. Stay tuned!
What brought you to Cicero Group?
I worked in NYC for about 16 years, first as an equity analyst for UBS and then in multiple positions and roles within Deloitte (valuation services, corporate development and strategic investments, global strategy and operations). I learned everything from financial modeling, analytical and strategic thinking, how to ask the relevant questions to identify client needs, the importance of surrounding yourself with the right kind of people (who both complement your weaknesses and motivate you to be the best you can be), how to survive long work hours, how to manage (both up and down), how to deal with very intense clients and situations, to distinguish when or when not to take something personally, and the difference between Gucci, Prada and Ann Taylor.
In Cicero I found a company that would allow me to leverage my skill set and work with people who demonstrated the kind of intensity and intellectual prowess I had come to appreciate.
What kind of projects are you working on right now?
I am helping clients in their business development efforts by uncovering, identifying, and analyzing opportunities for growth and improvement.
What are you reading?
I enjoy reading ReadWrite website to keep abreast of new and innovative technology and companies at the forefront of their industries. I am also interested in books and publications related to the impact of women in the workforce and the unique approaches women are taking to make their mark.
Now, what are you reading for fun?
I love reading the “style” and “travel” sections of the NY Times and anything related to understanding what makes people tick, from inspiring biographies to articles about the brain.
What is the best part about working at Cicero?
The people and the opportunities! My favorite project are those in which Cicero gets to provide a client with information, thought leadership, or strategic thinking/solutions they didn’t have before we came along. I find these projects rewarding because they translate into the client’s ability to make smarter and better decisions that can positively enhance their business, their employees and their impact on the community.
If you could help all your clients understand one principle or strategy, what would it be?
Optimizing feedback from your existing and potential feedback mechanisms can drive innovation and set you apart in ways you probably are not yet seeing.