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Laura is a Manager for Axis Corporate, part of Accenture’s Global Risk & Sustainability practice. She began her professional career more than 10 years ago in consulting services, internal controls, and risk management for different companies in the financial, service, and public sectors.

Describe your position at Axis Corporate, part of Accenture

My main role at Axis Corporate, part of Accenture, as a Manager is to advance projects and help our clients in the strategic decision-making process on risk-related aspects, as well as to guide them along the path towards sustainable development and ESG strategies. Anticipating and understanding clients’ needs is part of my day-to-day work, allowing me to have a privileged view of many organisations.

What do you value most about your position?

What I like most is working in a team and developing my own skills thanks to the people who make it up. We learn from each other, support each other in all the challenges we face every day, and, above all, encourage each other in our professional development. I love listening to our clients, getting to know their needs and proposing innovative transformation alternatives that add value to their risk models and ESG strategies.

I also consider myself a creative person who likes to design strategies and new working methods, as well as propose new business initiatives. When I finish a project, I feel very satisfied to see the results of a great job and the added value we have brought to our client.

What are the key ingredients to being good at what you do?

There are several key ingredients, but I would highlight three in particular: The first is organisation and planning. I believe that, in the world of consulting, it is important to maintain good order and establish priorities and tasks, both in the development of a project and in the day-to-day work in which there are multiple factors intervening. With good organisation, you ensure that unforeseen events, changes, and tight deadlines become part of your work, having to deal with them proactively.

The second is creativity. Throughout my career, I have been able to discover that there’s no need to stop at “what comes to you”, but that you should give that thought another twist, look at things from different angles, and, in this way, create, evolve, and transform.

The last key ingredient is to have a comprehensive vision of the projects. I think it is fundamental to climb up the scaffolding and look out at everything from above in order to understand what you are doing, what the objectives are, and how you are going to get there. By doing this, you can understand the client’s activities, gain insight into their business, and align the project’s objectives with those of the client.

Why is diversity important in a team?

For a millennial like me, diversity in a team is a gift. Diversity in a work environment is synonymous with flexibility, learning, and culture. It also allows you to approach problems differently and offers a wide variety of solutions and ways to solve them. The exchange of ideas and thoughts enriches the value proposition and leads to innovation and creativity.

What do you do in your spare time?

Of course, much of my free time is spent with my family and friends; it is something I have learned to value much more after being confined during the pandemic.

I also love sports and painting, but anyone who knows me well knows that my free time is marked by travel and planning for it. Travelling has brought me culture, learning, and, above all, fulfilled dreams. I have had the opportunity to be in more than 35 countries around the world, meeting extraordinary places and people. I consider myself very fortunate to be able to do this, and I hope I can always continue to do so and never stop dreaming.