Protiviti Leaders Share Their Perspectives on Mentorship

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At Protiviti, we believe in the power of mentorship. Having someone in your corner who can help shape your career, be your advocate and cheerleader for those big professional goals and act as a role model to craft your professional story is an integral part of the Protiviti experience. We recently caught up with a few of our executive advisors to get their take on mentorship:

 

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Tony Samer

Years at Protiviti: 14

Path to Protiviti: “I obtained a Bachelor’s of Science in Mechanical Engineering from The University of Notre Dame. I attended Notre Dame on a NROTC Scholarship. I spent 10 years in the U.S. Navy as a naval aviator and finished my MBA on my last tour in the Navy from Texas A&M Corpus Christi. I joined Arthur Andersen in the Fall of 2000 as a Senior Consultant in the San Francisco Technology Risk Consulting practice and then started with Protiviti at its inception.”

Current Solution and/or Industry focus: IT Audit

Why is being a mentor important to you? “I think we all crave relationships we can count on for honest and direct appraisals and in which we can be open about our concerns, failures, and aspirations. The mentor role provides a unique opportunity to create that kind of relationship, and it is incredibly rewarding to see people learn and grow, in part, because of that trust and bond.”

What is one meaningful moment you have had as a mentor or mentee? “A woman I worked with and mentored close to 10 years ago reached out recently to discuss a challenge she was having in her current position and whether or not she was handling it the right way. The fact that after all these years she still felt confident enough in our relationship and my understanding of her to reach out reminded me of the impact we can have long after we think the mentoring has ended.”


 

nichole-minice-headshotNichole Minice

Years at Protiviti: 14

Path to Protiviti: “I started a love of accounting in high school and carried that through to Northern Arizona University where I received a BS in Accounting. I was able to land an internship at Arthur Andersen and ultimately a full-time offer in the external audit practice. After dabbling in Internal Audit, I made the permanent transition to the group shortly before Arthur Andersen Internal Audit became Protiviti.”

Current Solution and/or Industry focus: Internal Audit Financial Advisory

Why is being a mentor important to you? “Mentoring is one of my favorite things to do. Mentors are your biggest advocate and will put in significant efforts to help their mentees succeed even if it means having tough conversations about improvement. I have had some great mentors in my career, so I know how valuable and necessary this role is. My goal is to provide perspective, valuable feedback and a good example to my mentees and broader team. There is no greater feeling than supporting someone and watching them succeed!”

What is one meaningful moment you have had as a mentor or mentee? “Throughout my career I have grown my network both internally and externally and that included having some really great mentors. One of my memorable moments was an external mentor who provided me with some positive feedback which gave me an additional boost of confidence I needed to take on a new challenge. My internal mentors then supported me and I was ultimately successful and moved on to even more opportunities and challenges. My success was based on my hard work and commitment but my mentors made sure I wasn’t alone and I had the support and tools I needed.”


 

trey-macdonaldTrey MacDonald

Years at Protiviti: 9+

Path to Protiviti: “I received an undergraduate degree in Management from Stetson University in 1993 and then completed a graduate degree for a Masters in Computer Information Systems from Georgia State University in 1998. In 1996 I started a private boutique technology consulting firm, Soltech Inc., with 2 partners and worked as the Vice President of Technology until 2005. From there I transitioned into the Vice President of Technology at PrimeCare Technologies before coming to Protiviti.”

Current Solution and/or Industry focus – IT Consulting with a focus on Technology, Strategy & Operations

Why is being a mentor important to you? – “I love helping people, early on in their careers, n
avigate the challenges that they are facing.”

What is one meaningful moment you have had as a mentor or mentee? “Seeing a manager on my team (one of my mentees) present in front of Senior Executives at a client with complete confidence.”

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