Alumni profile: Amy Glynn
Lean Six Sigma Black Belt, Bell Aliant
|Tell us a little about yourself.
I live in beautiful Halifax and am a graduate of Dalhousie University with a Bachelor’s degree in science and commerce, and a Master’s degree in business. My husband, whom I met at Dalhousie, and I have been married for 20 years and we have two wonderful children, 12 and 15 years old. We love to travel as a family and our favourite place so far is Tofino, British Columbia. We’re actually returning to Tofino this summer. I also love Paris and can’t wait to go back.
I have been doing some acting with a local theatre group and I also play soccer year-round. My husband coaches my team. Playing soccer is exhilarating and it is a big part of my life.
What was the highlight of your career experience with Deloitte?
I joined Deloitte fresh out of university back in 1988 and spent nine exciting years there. I earned my Master’s degree and my CMC while at Deloitte. I started out as a business analyst and was a manager when I left. When I joined there were three of us. When you’re that small, you just jumped right in and did everything.
It was a wonderful learning experience. The variety of areas I worked in, the different types of organizations I consulted, and the in-house learning opportunities – it was all so enriching. I also learned a lot from Paula Gallagher. She was an incredible mentor. Even today, I credit the quality of my work and my thirst to learn to Paula.
“My days at Deloitte really gave me the confidence to jump in and do different things, and I’m always up for a challenge”
Which organization did you join after you left Deloitte?
In the last 14 years, I have held a variety of management roles in different areas of Bell Aliant and its predecessor companies; everything from sales and marketing to project management to leading complex VoIP implementations. I love what I do, and I find it very similar to consulting.
How would you describe the secret of your success?
My days at Deloitte really gave me the confidence to jump in and do different things, and I’m always up for a challenge. At Bell Aliant, I work with and lead many project teams, most of which are virtual, so caring about the people side of projects and developing relationships is important. Having a good sense of humour also helps and makes work fun. That’s one of the things I learned from my Deloitte days. I worked with Tracey Whyte (nee Hoopey) and Debbie Symonds for years, and we always laughed and had fun, even when we were extremely stressed out. They really made the work enjoyable.
Have you stayed connected with former Deloitte colleagues? If so, how?
There are a few Deloitte alumni that I stay in touch with – Tracey and Debbie, for example. We stay in touch by email, and we get together for lunch occasionally. Tracey and I share the same birthday, so we always try to reconnect. When I first left Deloitte, I’d go to the alumni events just to see my old friends. Lately I’ve been going to alumni events because they’re so relevant; seeing old friends is an added bonus. I recently attended the “Network like a Goddess” event – another hit. Even though I left the firm 14 years ago, I still feel very much a part of the Deloitte family.