Happy Holidays!

December 20, 2018

All,

I hope you have been well since I last checked in. I wanted to update those who have made an impact in my life, no matter how large or small, and supported me throughout the years both professionally and personally. If you no longer wish to receive these update emails, please let me know so I can unsubscribe you from these newsletters. You can also read my life updates here.

Please excuse any informal language, as I am sending this update to a wide-ranging audience, including professors, colleagues, mentors, and friends.

I have worked at Eagle Hill Consulting as a Management Consultant Associate for almost a year now! As the process improvement lead on my team, it gave me great joy and pride when I passed on my #onboardingqueen hat to our client’s staff. Our goal as consultants is to develop and streamline a process so well that anyone could pick up the process afterward and complete the task. As they say, you know you did a good job developing the process when the process works without you overseeing it. I’m very thankful to work with a great team who helps ensure my deliverables are client-ready. Go Team!

Both my Eagle Hill and client teams are awesome! When my grandpa recently passed away, both teams gave me cards with handwritten condolence messages, encouraged me to take as much time as I needed to be with my family, and covered my work responsibilities. It made me realize how much it matters to work for a company and client who cares about both your professional and personal well-being. #grateful

I recently completed an End of Year Assessment as part of my performance management, which pushed me to think about my strengths and improvement areas, as well as hear from my Career Advisor how well other people thought I was doing. My performance has been characterized as being very strong considering this is my first year in consulting. I am happy to be recognized for my positive attitude, keenness to learn, strong relationship building, presentation, and writing skills. Yay!

As much as I love hearing that I’m doing a good job at work, I know there are always things I could improve on: solution development; project management; business development. With the new year right around the corner, my goal for next year is to fully think through the risks of various solutions to resolve my client’s problems. I also plan to challenge myself by volunteering more frequently to lead meetings and being more confident in presenting my ideas during brainstorming sessions. Lastly, I would love to learn more about how to move ideas from identified to qualified opportunities for business development in the upcoming year.

My life motto is to have a work-life balance to ensure I can come back to work with a renewed sense of purpose, refreshed mind, new ideas, and a positive attitude. That being said, traveling helps me achieve that work-life balance so here are some photos of me checking things off my bucket list in the last few months:

(left) Enjoying Georgetown Glow with my Boobear! ❤ (middle) Trying to look picturesque with art installations. (right) LOVE that my sister Cara came to visit me in Washington, DC!
(left) Skydiving over The Palm — Jumierah in Dubai, UAE. It was a terrifying yet exhilarating experience! (middle) I ❤ DUBAI. (right) Enjoying afternoon tea with my family at a Seven Star Hotel in Dubai — Skyview Bar, Burj Al Arab.
(left) Jumping over one of the #sevenwondersoftheworld! (middle) Riding camels with my family across the desert to see the Pyramids of Giza near Cairo, Egypt! (right) Temple hopping in Aswan, Egypt!
(left) Chasing waterfalls at Shenandoah National Park! (middle) Watch sunsets, not Netflix. (right) Kayaking to see wild ponies at Assateague Island, Virginia!

To everyone reading this, I want to say THANK YOU! Thank you for pushing me out of my comfort zone to speak up more and lead meetings in order to grow as a consultant. Thank you for continually inspiring me to see different parts of the world, whether it is with other people or traveling solo.

I will be home in Oakland, California from December 21-January 6. Please let me know if you would like to meet up. Either way, I would love to hear about how you have been and where life has taken you!

Happy holidays,

Cathy