Who We Are, Not Just What We Do
I would like to thank Profiles in Diversity Journal for selecting me for this prestigious award. I am honored to be recognized alongside such inspiring women.
When I identify the factors that have influenced my career, what sticks out to me are two passions: my love of math and my love of people. My love of math led me to transfer pricing, where I started my career. I spent 25 years in the field, and as I rose through the ranks at Kroll, I gained greater access to top leadership and the opportunity to look across the organization as a whole—not just my specific area of expertise.
It struck me that although there were a lot of wonderful corporate social responsibility initiatives at the company, they were often siloed efforts. I believed that if we brought together what at the time were disparate parts—our Institute, Charitable Foundation, ESG efforts, and Inclusion and Diversity initiatives—we could be defined by who we were as an organization, instead of what we do. On the heels of our rebrand from Duff & Phelps to Kroll, I believed that what we needed most was to create unity through identity.
When our CEO, Jacob Silverman, invited me to lead the new Impact Office and pull all these pieces together, I took a leap of faith in the organization and the organization took a leap of faith in me. It was a big change for me to move away from an area where I had built expertise and a valued client base, and to put my full trust in all of Kroll to collectively want to achieve this new vision. The first smart move I made after my leap was leaning into the relationships I had at Kroll, admitting what I knew (and what I didn’t know) and bringing on thought partners throughout the business.
There is significant value in building and executing an enterprise-wide Impact strategy. We set out with the goal of unifying and supporting Kroll’s people. Through our work, we are building emotional and retentive glue, while acting as responsible corporate citizens. The market is also demanding corporations build impact into their identity and business practices. Further, impact and corporate citizenship are top of mind for financial sponsors. At the end of the day though, my journey is about supporting a platform that allows our brilliant people to thrive at work and reach incredible achievements as one Kroll.