Today I left my job at Deloitte Consulting. In my immediate future, I will board a plane for Portland, OR. Bound for joy and intellectual debates and the aisles of Powell’s Books. But what will the proverbial tomorrow bring?
How fortunate I am to have this choice, how blessed I am to be conscious of it!
I am so proud to stand here and write today that I have left a stable, amazing career that just wasn’t right for me. I won’t bash it, for the lessons I have learned on leadership, priorities, and confidence at Deloitte have made it entirely worth it. At Deloitte, I’ve seen new cities, even spent five weeks exploring India. I do not regret returning for an instant.
Now it is time for me to continue my journey towards what it is I am here for. To live my life in truth and pursuit of my foundational beliefs:
- That each person shall have freedom of creativity (in art, speech, writing, expression);
- That each person shall have access to education and learning;
- That I shall strive for self awareness through meditation and being present;
- And that I shall give back and in that giving, find belonging in communities.
I will not forgot the people I’ve met, nor the beautiful places I’ve seen. From the Taj Mahal to the J.W. Marriott spa, from the Colorado Rockies to Lake Merritt, I have been so incredibly blessed to see the world. It is a blessing I cannot take for granted. From birth I have been given so much, and it is my obligation to give back to others as much as I can.
For those who say that I have earned it, that I took those opportunities and ran with them, I thank you. But I also acknowledge the struggles and sacrifices of all who came before me, so that I may have the choices and things that I do.
My grandma immigrating to the US, pregnant with my aunt and speaking no English, at an age younger than I am today. My dad, working nonstop so that his family wouldn’t have to grow up in the poverty he knew. My mom, who let go of any career aspirations, so that she could read to her kids at night.
I am thankful for all of those who have come before to give me the rights I have. For the activists who fought for me to have voting rights, for the women who worked during WWII and changed the image of women across the US. For our founding fathers, who despite their differences and acts of intolerance, built a country on the principles of freedom and justice for all.
I am thankful to have started my career as a startup founder. I am thankful to have experienced the whirlwind that is Deloitte Consulting. I am thankful to have the self-awareness to know my own heart and better yet, the bravery to follow it.
It’s a beautiful notion, this idea of being thankful. It allows me to imagine ways that I can give back. It provides a place for me to belong in the world.
If you are reading this, I thank you for hearing this testimony. Today, I leave my career at Deloitte, free to pursue that which I love and brings me joy.