Katrina Gomez – Leadership Board Spotlight

I work as a Senior Consultant with Grant Thornton in the Not-for-Profit and Higher Education Practice. This job has been the culmination of a lot of different life choices, from volunteering in Ecuador, to going to business school and falling in love with consulting to working with start-up companies; all my experiences shaped my skills and capabilities and helped me hone in on a job that aligns with my interests and my passion.

What is the biggest challenge of your work?
I deal with change on a daily basis – changing industry, changing economic environments, changing industry, changing strategies, changing technologies, etc.  Keeping in touch with an industry that is full of so much exciting change is definitely a challenge, but is one of the exciting parts of my job.

What is your proudest achievement?
I am proud of the journey that has gotten me to this point; the choices, the ups, the downs – they have all allowed me to develop skills, meet people and discover myself – which have resulted in a great career fit for myself.  I am very proud I was able to get to this point where as they say at Grant Thornton I can “bring your whole self to work”

What leaders, thinkers or doers do you most admire?
The thing leaders, thinkers and doers that I most admire have in common is that they are very comfortable being uniquely themselves.  They aren’t fitting into a mold or a pre-defined concept of “what good looks like”, but are creating their own mold for themselves.  They are the leaders that when you hear them speak, they give you goose-bumps because they are so amazing in doing whatever it is they have decided to do.  I have had the opportunity to see leaders that inspire me through CUP such as; Reshma Saujani, founder and CEO of Girls Who Code, ballet dancer Misty Copeland, and writer of Broadway Musical “In The Heights”, Lin-Manuel Miranda.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
Career-wise I would like to be a leader in the space of not-for-profit consulting with Grant Thornton.  I find the industry to be very interesting and think GT is the right company with which to serve the industry.  Life wise I see myself living in New York with a family.

Do you have a mentor or do you mentor someone else?  How has that experience changed you?
I have had mentors and been a mentor – both formally and informally.  I have a formal mentor through the CUP with the Gillibrand Women’s Mentor Program, and he has been so helpful and offers a great perspective.  Through the program I was paired with a Partner at Hughes, Hubbard & Reed.  Although he is in a completely different industry, having someone who cares about my success and is willing to listen, provide advice and offer support in whatever way possible such as passing on a resume or making an introduction is incredibly helpful.

How has your participation on the LB impacted the way you approach your day-to-day role?
Through the CUP Leadership Board, I have had the opportunity to spend time with some amazing people who I greatly admire and I take away something different from each of them.