We are the Women in Risk Advisory. We solve complex problems and foresee risks. We innovate and analyse. We incubate and referee. We help our clients build resilient, sustainable organisations. We imagine new possibilities, connecting trust, resilience and security to make an impact that matters. We need more like us. We need more like you.
Meet Leigh. She's a manager in Risk Advisory at Deloitte Canada, where she focusses on supporting government and public sector (GPS) clients as well as initiatives to further diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI). Leigh regularly works with clients looking to tackle big questions around how to make operations more equitable for their organisation and their people—and for Canada.
I not only help clients solve complex problems,
I help them achieve their greatest ambitions.
Leigh notes that a career in Risk looks different for everyone and that's what's so exciting. "Risk is so much more than what people think it can possibly be," she says, noting that she also had preconceptions coming into the role. At first, she didn't realise how creative the role would be, or the variety of "client puzzles" that she'd get to help solve. From responding to cyber breaches and mitigating the effects of climate change to modernising supply chains and supporting indigenous reconcilliation, Leigh and her teams come up with creative ways to help clients tackle some of the biggest challenges they've faced.
In addition to her client-facing role, Leigh also helps lead the firm's Pride Employee Resource Group, which supports two-spirit, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer (2SLGBTQ+) professionals. "My diversity as a woman as well as a member of this community has always been embraced in the work I do—it's considered a strength." Leigh believes DEI is the foundation for success at any organisation and that visible leadership is especially important. "I saw how women who had the same passions as me, who were truly committed to diversity and cared deeply about the government's impact on peoples' lives, could be successful here." The mentorship of other women in Risk helped Leigh "feel seen" and identify a pathway to her own success. "No matter what you're passionate about, you can find someone in Risk who either shares that interest or has experience in that area who's happy to help you pursue it further."
Leigh encourages others to, "Be brave in how you think about your career. There's truly no limit to what you can accomplish or what you can experience through a career in Risk."
We need more like Leigh. We need more like you.