Q. What attracted you to working at AArete?
After graduating from the University of Richmond in Virginia, I took a job at a smaller firm based in D.C. I always knew I wanted to move to Chicago and AArete’s data and technology focused work drew me to the company. I really enjoy using and manipulating data to uncover solutions and my success at AArete is due in large part to my passion for analytical work. I like to do things better, faster and more efficiently. I knew AArete was going to be a great fit because of that.
Q. What does your typical day look like?
AArete is a truly collaborative work environment. Internal team meetings and meetings with our clients are an important and regular part of our day. I love being in front of the client and having that direct interaction. AArete offers client-facing exposure from day one and it is an exciting and integral part of our consulting careers. As a Manager, I also have the opportunity to project manage and delegate tasks. I love helping direct the work of our team’s analysts and consultants while simultaneously having the opportunity to interact with senior leadership as the point person on projects.
Q. What has been your biggest client accomplishment?
I spend a lot of time working with data to come up with solutions for our clients. On one particular project, I was able to automate a process which, in turn, saved our team an overwhelming amount of manual work and subsequently allowed us to reduce errors and ultimately hit our client’s goal. We had a strict deadline and the client was so impressed with our team’s ingenuity and skill.
Q. What resource do you utilize the most at AArete?
AArete has an internal Center of Data Excellence of “CODE” team. While other firms may outsource this
type of work, we have an incredible team of highly skilled Data Scientists, Data Architects and Digital Intelligence/Visualization experts right in our Chicago office whose experience is perfectly
aligned with our client work.
AArete has an internal Center of Data Excellence or “CODE” team. While other firms may outsource this type of work, we have an incredible team of highly skilled Data Scientists, Data Architects and Digital Intelligence/Visualization experts right in our Chicago office whose deep experience is perfectly aligned with our client work. Their support is invaluable, a huge part of our client success and ultimately the resource I utilize the most at AArete.
Q. What advice do you have for a new hire at AArete?
Everyone at AArete is supportive and friendly and they want you to succeed. Don’t be afraid to meet someone new! Getting to know other AAretians and their client work will set you up for success. Collaboration across teams is a valuable strength and an opportunity that AAretians are excited to take advantage of. The teams here have diverse backgrounds and everyone is a great teacher. In my first 3 months at AArete, I learned more than I ever imagined.