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Facebook & More Reach Out After Job Seeker's Transparent Post Goes Viral, 'Today, I Cried'

A moment of frustration and despair led Carah Lockett to LinkedIn, where she would write a viral post garnering half a million views from job recruiters and users who shared similar sentiments. Amidst the pandemic, many reconsidered their current job positions as transitional periods trickled into the workforce economy. The same went for Lockett, who would bravely quit her most recent Navy Federal Credit Union job in August 2021. “There was a lack of growth for me. I want to know that my efforts are working towards something — that there’s an end goal in mind,” she told AfroTech. “Unfortunately working in that branch, I was not able to move up in the way that I wanted to.” Lockett joins a cohort of millennials who have tapped into “The Great Resignation.” Approximately 63 percent of millennials are on the search for new employment opportunities, according to Bankrate’s August jobseeker survey. A push for higher pay is just one factor contributing to the growing quitting spree. The...

Oct 29, 2021

Excellence in Tech: Black Leaders at Accenture Discuss Pathways to Success

The global professional services powerhouse Accenture is accelerating its efforts to tackle one of the most persistent challenges in the professional world: addressing inequality in the tech industry. Accenture is taking action to attract a deeper, more diverse pool of talent – pledging to increase the representation of Black employees and managing directors. Whether Accenture is finding solutions for clients by bringing together industry experts, data scientists and business intelligence professionals or empowering its own professionals, the company has staked its reputation on creating strong leaders. That includes hiring rising Black tech professionals, several of whom recently spoke to AfroTech about their journey through the industry, the incredible work they are doing and how they’re paying it forward for those coming up behind them. Black Talent Leading the Way at Accenture Tony Olinger, Enterprise Salesforce Program Leader and Management Consultant Already familiar with...

Mar 25, 2021

Tech Jobs: 10 Ways to Get Accenture's Attention

Technology jobs continue to rank among the fastest-growing occupations in the country, maintaining momentum despite the economic downfall caused by COVID-19. Yet many tech jobs remain out of reach—particularly for candidates of color, who continue to be underrepresented across the industry. The need to innovate, transform and grow in the digital economy has never been greater. To meet these demands, Accenture actively seeks out people who bring their unique perspectives and skills to the table. To this end, Accenture is committed to recruiting, developing and advancing talent — especially professionals of color who are often underrepresented in the industry. The perspectives of these individuals drive the disruptive change that Accenture clients seek, and the global professional services firm is committed to helping those individuals thrive in the workplace. Chantel Soverall-Johnson, US South Market Unit Recruiting Lead at Accenture, has more than 15 years of experience in executive...

Mar 9, 2021

If You Aren't in the Cloud, You Will Be: How Accenture's Cloud Architect Dr. Isi Idemudia Is Taking You There

Accenture has built its reputation on optimizing systems in large businesses, and things are no different now. The pandemic has seen many professionals shifting to remote work, and it has acted as a catalyst for businesses large and small to bring their services online. This means having to rethink strategies more than ever before. Of course, the larger the business, the more herculean that task becomes. Enter Dr. Isi Idemudia. Dr. Isi has been working as an Amazon Web Services (AWS) enterprise solutions architect with Accenture for the better part of three years, and her primary focus has been migrating on-site workloads to the AWS Cloud for Fortune 500s. After over a decade in IT, she has managed to do some pretty remarkable things. The mother of two girls, Dr. Isi started her career as an Oracle database engineer in Nigeria before earning her Ph.D. and starting at Accenture in 2018 after relocating to the United States. She has since built systems, created solutions and taught...

Feb 25, 2021

Elevating Your Voice in the Crowd: Building a Network to Win in Tech

From leading innovation to creating software with the potential to shift the world, life in tech can be extremely rewarding. But in an uncharted digital age where screens and virtual calls connect millions of colleagues across the globe, finding your place within the tech world can be challenging. So building your own community has become more important than ever. For Accenture , community building is in its DNA. A global professional services leader, Accenture delivers digital, cloud and security solutions for clients in more than 120 countries. Bringing together leaders in strategy, industry experts, enterprise function practitioners, business intelligence professionals, cloud migration and management specialists, designers, data scientists, and many other skills, the company’s more than 500,000 people deliver on the promise of technology and human ingenuity every day. They embrace the power of change by creating 360-degree value for their clients, people, shareholders, partners...

Feb 23, 2021

Breaking Down the Career Journey to Global Blockchain at Accenture with Britney Crooks

G lobal professional services company Accenture is exploring and applying blockchain technology to help its clients build more trusted ecosystems and enable new business models. Thanks to tech leaders within the company, like Britney Crooks, Accenture’s Blockchain and Multiparty Systems practice is reimagining the future of money, redesigning more resilient supply chains and enabling digital identities. Britney started at Accenture three years ago as a Segment Consultant in the company’s Open Innovation group within Accenture Ventures . She progressed rapidly and is now the Global Blockchain and Multiparty Systems Alliance Lead. In her role, she is responsible for their portfolio of blockchain technology partnerships. In an interview with AfroTech, she spoke about her career journey, her ability to help Accenture’s clients and partners, and her efforts to get more underrepresented groups exposed to emerging technologies. As someone who has been fortunate enough to explore different...

Dec 14, 2020

How Accenture Ventures’ Black Founders Development Program Levels the Playing Field for Black Entrepreneurs

What’s the one obstacle that Black entrepreneurs deal with time and time again when putting ideas out into the world? While there are many, funding is perhaps the greatest barrier to entry for startups. When it comes to innovation and entrepreneurship, Black people have especially faced hardships to get the support they deserve when building their businesses. Thankfully, Accenture Ventures is here to change that with its Black Founders Development Program . The goal of the program is to level the playing field and help Black startup founders and entrepreneurs through investment, mentorship, community and more. The Black Founders Development Program is a new initiative that aims to give Black entrepreneurs a seat at the table to garner wealth and set the foundation for future generations. The goal is to advance their businesses and provide access to venture capital along with valuable connections through Accenture. In an interview, Accenture Ventures’ Global Open Innovation Lead and...

Dec 9, 2020

See How Accenture’s Tracey Patterson Believes the Company Is Igniting Innovation Through Inclusion

Accenture believes equality drives innovation, creativity and competitive advantage. The global management consulting firm prides itself in offering a workplace that fosters creative mindsets and supports the diverse perspectives of all people. With offices and operations in 50 plus countries, Accenture partners with more than three-quarters of the Fortune Global 500, driving innovation to improve the way the world works and lives. Leaders such as Tracey Patterson, managing director, Accenture Operations, are strongly committed to Accenture’s inclusion and diversity initiatives. Overseeing an international team of 1,000, Tracey leads Accenture’s North America and European HR service offerings, spearheading digitization efforts including artificial intelligence, mobile capabilities and predictive analytics services. She is actively committed to helping achieve Accenture’s goal of employing a gender-balanced workforce by 2025. Patterson believes companies must undergo a cultural...

Mar 14, 2019