The Empower Podcast
By Abilash Elanganesan, Balraj Sekhon & Amrit Khattra
The Empower PodcastMay 03, 2021
Episode 17: Shoshauna Oryema
On the latest episode of The Empower Podcast, we are joined by Shoshauna Oryema, who is a Senior Consultant at Oliver Wyman.
Shoshauna goes into great detail about her time at Oliver Wyman, including initiatives at the organization as well as what she finds rewarding. Additionally, she provides insight into what life looks like within consulting and how candidates could distinguish themselves during the recruitment process.
Shoshauna brings her authentic self onto this episode, filling it with insightful and memorable stories. This is a valuable listen for anyone that wants to learn more about Oliver Wyman or anyone considering a career in consulting.
Episode 16: Ishmam Hasan
In this episode, we are joined by Ishmam Hasan who is currently a manager at Monitor Deloitte. During the episode, Ishmam takes listeners through what his career progression looked like at Monitor Deloitte. Being at the firm for over 5 years, he has various stories to tell regarding his favorite moments at the firm, his work within the consumer industry, and much more! Additionally, Ishmam provides substantial insight into recruiting such as qualities that help identify high potential candidates. This episode is a perfect opportunity for students to understand more about consulting and Monitor Deloitte while simultaneously obtaining insights that could help navigate your career goals ahead!
Episode 15: Tyler Taaca
On Episode 15 of The Empower Podcast, the team is joined by the charismatic Tyler Taaca, who is currently interning at Loblaw Digital as a part of their Growth APM team. In this episode, Tyler talks about all things product! He goes into great detail describing his experiences in product management and sheds light on a growing industry. Whether it's the transferability of sales to product, the value of a portfolio in product management, or learning to find the right career path for you, this episode is filled with magnificent insights for all students!
Episode 14: Beata Fourmanovskis
On Episode 14 of The Empower Podcast, the team sits down with Beata Fourmanovskis who is
a Business Analyst at Deloitte. Being part of the Finance & Performance team at Deloitte,
Beata goes into great detail about how this service area intersects finance, accounting, and
consulting in order to design, implement, and deliver solutions. From her time at the Schulich School of Business to
her international intern experience in Israel, to landing at Deloitte post-grad, this episode is
packed with information and insightful stories.
Episode 13: Asha Mohiadin
On Episode 13 of The Empower Podcast, Asha Mohiadin, a Senior Associate at PwC, joins the team to talk through her career journey. Asha has completed her MAcc and is currently pursuing her CPA while working at PwC. In this episode, she goes into incredible detail about the process of acquiring your CPA designation and provides invaluable insights for anyone looking to go down that path. Moreover, as someone who represents PwC at many events for the Schulich School of Business, she gives great advice for students wondering how to approach campus events during recruitment season.
Episode 12: Michelle McArthur
On this episode of The Empower Podcast, the team chats with Michelle McArthur who is a Senior Manager at PwC. Michelle has been at PwC for eight years, having joined the organization after graduating from Queens University and growing there ever since. From technology transformation to the culture at PwC to her decision to pursue a career in accounting, Michelle doesn’t hesitate to provide stories that give insights for students wondering what life at PwC looks like.
Episode 11: Arjun Sudhakaran
Today the team chats with Arjun Sudhakaran, a Talent Acquisition Manager at CrossCountry Consulting. Arjun is an experienced corporate talent attraction professional and in this episode, he shares his experiences of working with transnational recruitment teams at various firms across the globe. Moreover, having worked as a Talent Attraction Manager at KPMG, Arjun provides invaluable insights into how to successfully brand yourself to a recruiter at every step of the recruitment process, from the initial outreach to the final interview.
Episode 10: Lila Buttu
On this episode of The Empower Podcast, we are joined by Lila Buttu. Lila sheds light on her various experiences and stories from her remarkable 17-year career at Procter and Gamble. We gain insights into her variety of different roles at P&G as she highlights the importance of keeping passion at the forefront of one's profession. With Lila's experiences being an interviewer at P&G, we learn about how to approach interview preparation, common mistakes candidates make during the interview process, and stories of standout interviews that she remembers til today.
Episode 9: Asid Malik
On this episode, the podcast team talks to Asid Malik, a Global Pricing Strategy Manager at Restaurant Brands International. In this episode, Asid shares his undergraduate journey at the Schulich School of Business filled with memorable experiences, including a trip to Switzerland in the exchange program and leading OneProsper International, an extremely impactful organization for girls in India. Moreover, through his own story of coming to Restaurant Brands International, Asid provides fabulous advice on navigating your way through undergrad to find the right career for you.
Episode 8: Salem Aboghodieh
We sit down with Salem Aboghodieh, a JD/MBA Candidate at the Schulich School of Business and Osgoode Law School, as well as an incoming Articling Student at Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP. In this episode, we learn about how Salem’s decision to pursue a JD/MBA degree came about and how he was able to receive an offer for this highly competitive program. Furthermore, he captures the pressures of recruitment and how he was able to receive an offer from one of the most reputable law firms. From his experiences of flying out to places such as New York for interviews, to his experiences as an intern at Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP, this episode is filled with memorable stories that are full of lessons-learned.
Episode 7: AJ Eckstein
On this episode, The Empower Podcast team chats with AJ Eckstein, a current Consulting and Strategy Analyst at Accenture as well as a Career Coach at The Career Coaching Company. We learn about his passion for empowering others seen through the many projects he is currently working on, such as The Career Coaching Company and The Final Round Podcast. He also highlights the importance of staying busy to promote continuous growth within the early stages of ones career and what it takes to manage multiple projects simultaneously.
Episode 6: Abilash Sathyakumar
On this episode, we chat with fourth year BBA student, Abilash Sathyakumar. We gain insights into his vast experiences within the finance industry as well as how to navigate competitive recruitment processes. Through his experiences in Investment Banking, he outlines what it takes to break into these top-tier internships and places an emphasis on the work that must be put in behind the scenes.
Episode 5: Ruhama Quadir
The Empower Podcast team talks to Ruhama Quadir, who is currently a Consultant at Boston Consulting Group. This episode dives deep into Ruhama's incredible professional achievements as we learn about her broad range of internship experience starting at a young age, her life as a Consultant at Boston Consulting Group, and her passion for photography as she works with Getty Images. She also provides excellent insight on how to differentiate yourself during recruitment by showcasing intellectual curiosity.
Episode 4: Faiza Usmani
On this episode, we talk to Faiza Usmani, who is currently finishing up her third year at The Schulich School of Business. After learning from different industry professionals, this episode fostered great insights from a high achieving student's perspective. We learn about her decision to pursue her CPA designation, her experiences as Co-President of The Schulich Consulting Club, her learnings from interning at Scotia Bank and her advice on effective recruitment.
Episode 3: Tofunmi Oladapo
We chat with Tofunmi Oladapo, who is currently a Management Consulting Associate at PwC. We learn about her experiences being a student at The Schulich School of Business, her past summer internships as an Assurance Associate at PwC, her advice on differentiating yourself as well as, her upcoming goals of tackling projects within the entertainment industry.
Episode 2: Miloni Sanghvi
We sit down with Miloni Sanghvi, a current Account Strategist at Google, where we learn about her experiences pivoting from brand managing to account strategy, breaking into her first corporate role at RB, transitioning into tech and what has aided her in reaching the success she has today.
Episode 1: Introduction
A brief introduction into our backgrounds, as well as the main goal we seek to accomplish with The Empower Podcast.