Modern Work is a podcast where people around the world talk about the work they do & how they got there.

Interview topics include careers, childhood hobbies, education, entrepreneurship, office culture, work-life balance, remote work, digital nomads, apps, tools, processes, workflow, strategy, and more. 

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Chrissy Barnum, Management Consultant at Accenture

Chrissy Barnum, Management Consultant at Accenture

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Chrissy Barnum

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Chrissy Barnum is a consultant at Accenture, where she's focused on strategy consulting for large nonprofit organizations. Outside of Accenture, Chrissy writes about social entrepreneurship on her blog, Impact Beacon, and runs City Girl Succulents, a shop on Etsy. She loves traveling, painting, gardening, and scuba diving.

 

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Episode: Chrissy Barnum, Management Consultant at Accenture

Show notes & summary points (chronological)

  • Introduction
  • Background: Connecticut, North Carolina, Washington DC, Remote Year
  • Conversation about where you’re from, where “home” is
  • How Chrissy learned about Remote Year, why she wanted to do it, and how the challenge and experience has been so far
  • Impact Beacon as a passion project about social entrepreneurs around the world
  • The importance of sharing stories and bearing witness
  • The nature of networking today with travel and technology
  • A memorable Impact Beacon project from Uruguay
  • How Chrissy came up with Impact Beacon as a Management Consultant at Accenture, Chrissy works with Nonprofit organizations, interest in the idea of a social enterprise 
  • Chrissy answers: What is a consultant? Why would someone hire a consultant instead of a new staff member? What is management consulting?
  • A case study of a project Chrissy worked on at Accenture, helping a nonprofit determine where they should expand and why: an example of Accenture’s classic geographic growth strategy work
  • The tools used as a consultant (Microsoft PowerPoint, Excel, Word; Skype; public data; paid databases; paid research tools)
  • The training at a big consulting firm after being hired as a new college grad (using the tools, how to professionally interact with clients and colleagues, how to succeed in communications), mentorship and coaching, hands-on experience
  • The biggest benefit of consulting is working with smart, driven people
  • Studying public policy and global health at Duke University
  • The timing and random factors that build up to the big decisions in your life, a montage of moments of your life
  • Getting Accenture to say yes to Chrissy going on Remote Year (the first Accenture employee to do the program), changing what she was doing at Accenture to facilitate her working remotely, strategy for making the remote work successful
  • Be willing to ask questions, ask for things you want, negotiate
  • Impact of technology on work-life balance, ability to work remotely, the concept of being a digital nomad expanding to include more of the traditional workforce
  • Remote Year’s $12million venture capital Series A announcement
  • A day in the life of working at Accenture in DC on a new project: coffee; kickoff presentation with clients; meetings with clients (CEO, Board, etc) about organization, goals, success; create a presentation to summarize everything; Phase 1 takes two people a couple weeks; tools: talking, taking notes, asking questions, use PowerPoint to present complex information in digestible ways
  • Consulting as a career field is improving for work-life balance, support employee wellness, increase inclusion practice, etc
  • Working with Accenture while on Remote Year: weekly video check-ins, more email, actually pretty similar work because consulting is a computer-based job with a lot of calls, emails, research, and presentations; the difference is the change in office culture and casual interactions with her team
  • Missing working in the office, maintaining a sense of community, having the flexibility to leave your desk is great but need to be around people
  • Working in Asia, managing the time-zones and local hours, scheduling calls, considering your body and how travel changes our recovery needs 
  • The myth of digital nomad / remote work and travel / Remote Year being a vacation, the pressure of doing something at all times as a full-time employee and a full-time tourist
  • Successes with work while on Remote Year: building Accenture’s global network; connecting in-person with teams around the world 
  • Successes with Impact Beacon over the past 9 months, open for nominations, how to make it more relevant and useful, goal of a culture of openness and collaboration, working on ways to help connect people and provide them with more resources
  • What comes after Remote Year: going back to DC, continuing to learn how to be a strategist, gain experience with digital technology, keep Impact Beacon going
Thank you for listening!
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