Q: Tell us about how you have built your network within PwC.
A: I would say the key is being yourself, hence not trying to be someone you're not or trying to "fit in." You want to develop genuine relationships or connections. Among many other things, PwC is a great place to work because of its diversity. I have a diverse background and my colleagues at PwC embrace that.
Q: Where was your first client opportunity and how did it go?
A: It was an amazing experience for me. I was given the opportunity to travel to the Midwest and meet with a client one-on-one to discuss IFRS conversion and adoption, a topic I had previous experience with and was confident discussing. It was exciting to go to different cities throughout the country for this particular client, as I love to travel.
Q: Do you feel this experience has increased your self-confidence?
A: Yes definitely. For the first time, I wasn’t too nervous. I had a very supportive director and a great client. I used to have anxiety getting in front of people and I would rehearse a lot. I still do, however, having experience on the topic you're discussing and a supportive team definitely makes it easier. As I got more experience, my confidence grew.
Tell us about Project Belize.
A: Coming back from an intense period of volunteering gets in your blood; it changes who you are, it changed me. The combination of effort and reward was like nothing I have ever experienced before. Project Belize taught me more than I actually gave back and I now have a bigger appreciation of our firm and its commitment around corporate responsibility.
I worked on Project H building playgrounds for a local school, and it was incredibly rewarding to see children playing on what we built. It's quite amazing what you can do with tires!
I was born and raised in Cameroon, West Africa, which is considered a developing country and I found a lot of similarities between Cameroon and Belize. I hope to replicate something similar, but on a much smaller scale when I return home to Cameroon for the holidays.
Q: How do you think Project Belize affected you personally?
A: I’ve always had an appreciation for giving back, but this experience had a whole different dimension. What changed for me was my view on PwC. We had leadership from the firm participate, and I was impressed that they took the time to be there. All of us were from different offices, and I was so happy with how we all came together as a team. It showed me that the PwC culture is consistent across all groups and markets in the country.