We are celebrating International Women’s Day all week by introducing you to some of the incredible women of Team Daugherty. We want to share their stories — what brought them to our team, what characteristics they value in leadership, what drives them to be successful — and give you some insight into the amazing women that we have the opportunity to work side-by-side with every single day.

Meet Daugherty Business Solutions Senior Principal Consultant Tamara O’Reilly. Growing up in a small town just north of Madison, Wisconsin, Tamara made the move to the Show Me State after high school to attend Stephens College in Columbia. She knew after college that she wanted to be a problem solver — someone who was able to help others to succeed. This drive and determination to assist others to achieve their goals is what brought her to the consulting industry. With a strong background in project management and business analysis, Tamara came to Daugherty with valuable consulting experiences from multiple industries. We sat down with Tamara to learn a little bit more about her. Check it out!

Can you share a little bit about your road to Daugherty?

Before joining Team Daugherty, I was working for another management consulting organization. Although I was based in St. Louis, I was traveling every week (leave Monday — return Friday) to the west coast. I knew the situation that working as a “traveling consultant” was not sustainable for my life with a husband and young children. Discussing this issue with one of my friends, she mentioned the local business model that Daugherty utilizes. As I did more research and learned about the Daugherty model and client footprint, I realized they offered everything, and more, that I desired for my career in consulting.

Who has been the most influential woman in your life?

A woman named Kathryn Hallett really changed me for the better. We met when I was in my early thirties when I was newly married, and trying to shape my career. She was the first person who ever asked me, “When you ask a question why do you start with ‘I’m sorry’”? She taught me how to be assertive and confident in my life, marriage and career. I learned from her that asking a question is NOT an apology, and that voicing my thoughts was purposeful and not to be viewed as a privilege.

Did anyone in particular inspire you to follow this career path?

No, not one individual, but a whole host of incredibly bright and talented people throughout my career in consulting.

What do you enjoy most about your job?

I love being a part of finding the solutions that solve our client’s greatest issues. I truly enjoy providing awesome projects for our consultants and giving them the opportunities to grow and exceed their career goals.

What advice would you give to girls considering a career in technology?

Have a voice and don’t be afraid or intimidated to use it. Know your strengths and weaknesses and surround yourself with those who possess skills that compliment your weaknesses.

What makes a person an effective/good leader?

A good leader is firm, but fair and honest. This individual finds a way to help their teammates work in a way that makes the best use of his/her talents. Leaders need to have a willingness and ability to conduct difficult conversations and be unpopular in an effort to reach a goal.

What’s your favorite quote?

“We gain strength, and courage, and confidence by each experience in which we really stop to look fear in the face…we must do that which we think we cannot.”

- Eleanor Roosevelt

What book are you reading right now?

“Presence” by Amy Cuddy

Anything else you want to share?

Life is Change — your thoughts become your words, become your actions, become your reality, so be cognizant of the world you create.