Alumni profile: Tracey Whyte
Program Manager, ESL Learning Clubs
|Tell us a little about yourself.
My professional career was spent with Deloitte. I also had a brief stint with the Federal Department of Fisheries. I truly value those years and experiences. My entrepreneurial life has been a rollercoaster ride and a non-stop learning adventure. Now I am so excited to be launching the ESL Learning Clubs in Halifax. I think I’ve finally got a winner!
I also serve on the board of directors for my son’s school, and I continue to advocate for the disadvantaged and to speak out against injustices.
When did you work for Deloitte? What was your title and role in the firm?
I joined the firm in June 1990 as a research analyst. Later, I was promoted to consultant, then senior consultant, then manager.
What was the highlight of your career experience with Deloitte?
Without a doubt, the people I worked with were the highlight.
“The alumni program has served me well. It’s kept alive my connections with the firm which in turn, has allowed me to feel a part of an organization that’s been an important part of my life”
Which organization did you join after you left Deloitte?
I decided that the corporate life wasn’t for me and that the draw to entrepreneurship was my calling. I left full-time employment with Deloitte to pursue an entrepreneurial path. My exit was a slow one, accomplished over a couple of years. But I always say Deloitte was a fantastic place to work and a great training ground. I couldn’t have asked for a better experience. After I left, I continued to have close ties with the firm, periodically taking on small contracts. The firm was very supportive of my efforts.
What do you do now?
I’m still following an entrepreneurial path, albeit in a very different direction. I recently started an organization to help international students practice speaking English in fun, social environments. The ESL Learning Club is kicking off in Halifax with plans to expand quickly into markets across Canada.
What is the best part of your current role?
The best part of my entrepreneurial career path is the flexibility it provides to achieve work-life balance. Although I often think, “What was wrong with receiving a regular pay cheque?”
How would you describe the secret of your success?
I try to consciously appreciate everything, from the country we live in, to the people in our lives, our health, a full belly, another day. Mark Coady is another alum that I remember from the Halifax office. He used to have a mug that said “Sweat the small stuff” I’m just the opposite. I believe you shouldn’t sweat the small stuff, and it’s all small stuff – which also happens to be the title of a good book on the topic. It’s all true.
Have you stayed connected with former Deloitte colleagues? If so, how?
I’m happy to say that I have managed to stay connected, but I have to credit Deloitte for that entirely. The firm keeps in touch with me through email and invites me to events. The alumni program has served me well. It’s kept alive my connections with the firm which in turn, has allowed me to feel a part of an organization that’s been an important part of my life.