It was 2009 and the financial meltdown was in full swing. I joined the Consumer Finance Group, a hybrid audit/consulting group that focused on the mortgage banking and credit card industry. PwC was the only professional services provider prior to the 2009 crash that has a group dedicated to this specific niche in the industry and as such, we were in very high demand to help make things better. I had the privilege of being involved with various high profile jobs, you know the kind that you’re not allowed to even talk about. I learned a great deal about how big business works, excel, modeling, auditing, figuring things out, valuations and process engineering. I was on a fast path to promotion, but I felt my soul was fundamentally unhappy and unfulfilled. I was convinced there was something more I could be doing to make this world a better place, I wanted to use what I learned about business to make a positive impact in our world. So, I left and started to figure it out.

  • When: 2009-2011
  • Where: Chicago-based
  • Skills Sharpened: Financial Modeling, Auditing, Client Relations, Collaboration, Coaching, Forecasting
  • Website: http://pwc.com/