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Going for the goal
Deloitte is proud to sponsor U.S. Soccer and the SheBelieves movement
March 7, 2019
fans from around the world are gearing up for the FIFA 2019 Women's World Cup. Starting
on June 7, teams from around the world will face off in the group stage
matches, where it will come down to a final showdown on July 7. The U.S.
Women’s National Team has a strong contingent ready to defend its 2015
championship title and is supported by fans from across the country, including
How did you get started at Deloitte?
Amanda: It was really wild. I had spent seven-plus years as a college soccer coach. I started thinking about transitioning out of college athletics and having conversations with people about what some of my transferable skill sets were. I ended up getting connected to a recruiter at Deloitte who talked with me about what they do. Recruiting talent is 90 percent of the job as a college coach so I knew I could excel in this environment. It was a tough decision to leave soccer at the time, but one that has been incredible for my life.
Kellie: Amanda and I knew each other from our time as women's college soccer coaches, and I reached out to her when I knew it was time for me to leave college coaching. I wanted to discover transferable skill sets, explore different career paths and talk about life outside of coaching. Fortunately for me, a campus recruiting specialist position opened in the Tampa office, which is where I grew up. In a nutshell, I ended up at Deloitte because of Amanda. I am extremely grateful for her friendship and love that we are colleagues once again.
How have you been able to use your experience with soccer here at Deloitte?
Amanda: I think that athletics, in general, translates well to the business world. It is all about teaming. I ask this question often, "how quickly can we get organized?" That is a major key to the success of teams. Soccer has taught me so much—how to win, how to handle losing, team chemistry, getting the most out of your teammates, and how everyone has a role. You could swap out the word soccer for Deloitte in that sentence, and it would still hold true.
Kellie: I love this question because I came from a completely different industry and had to find a way to draw parallels between college soccer and campus recruiting. The competitive landscape of recruiting at Deloitte is very similar to that of college athletics. You want the best and the brightest—you seek the most talented and driven individuals who collectively can advance your team or organization forward. Also growing up playing a team sport prepared me for life at Deloitte where everything is about collaboration, and you find yourself working in a variety of team settings. There are so many parallels to draw from life, sport, and work. I feel that I am a better professional and overall person because of my time as a player and coach.
What does Deloitte’s sponsorship of U.S. Soccer and the SheBelieves movement mean to you?
Amanda: I’ve been involved in conversations about Deloitte’s sponsorship of U.S. Soccer and SheBelieves from the very beginning It’s been thrilling to see this come to life and take part in it. It’s my two worlds colliding, and I could not be more excited. We actually have former soccer player Brandi Chastain joining us for our International Women’s Day celebration at DU, as well as two current U.S. Women’s National Team players—Crystal Dunn and Kelley O’Hara. I’m very excited about our sponsorship of She Believes because it exemplifies the core values and inclusive culture that I’ve experienced at Deloitte, which has helped me thrive here.
Kellie: Pride and enthusiasm are two words that quickly come to mind when I think about the new sponsorship with SheBelieves and the U.S. Soccer Federation. It is amazing to see my two worlds come together to empower girls and young women and I am beyond proud to be a part of Deloitte and have opportunities to be involved with SheBelieves. I cannot wait to cheer on the U.S. Women’s National Team in the upcoming World Cup!