National Forensic Services Leader, PwC Group
Sector: Private Sector
Key Influence: Bill Cotnam (PwC Assurance Partner) saw that I had talent for solving complex client issues. As a result, he gave me opportunities wherein I could shine and lead complex files. He was a remarkable mentor, sponsor and role model. I learned from Bill that one needs a mentor and sponsor who will provide opportunities for success, as well as support you through the trials and tribulations of one’s career. As a leader, I am cognizant of the importance of mentorship.
Wayne McFarlane (Coopers & Lybrand HR Partner) was another mentor who taught me the importance of diversity. As a colleague and good friend, Wayne, who is gay, made sure people appreciated his diversity. He taught me that everyone deserves the chance to be successful no matter what their background is or what they look like. More importantly, never allow anyone’s unconscious bias affect your growth and development. As a result, throughout my career, including my time as the Firm’s Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer, I championed the need for having a business culture that values all differences.
Secret Talent: In the words of Kelly Ohayon (PwC | Partner, Consulting & Deals), “Lori has a talent for seeing us for who we are, understanding what motivates us and appreciating our unique talents. She has been a coach and a mentor, encouraging me to grow as a professional while staying true to my values.”
On Championing Others… I champion all genders based on my mentoring philosophy, which is to inspire others by continually challenging them; showing them how to be passionate about client service and communicating with impact and empathy. I champion staff by encouraging them to be creative, confident and respectful of everyone’s viewpoint.
One word that captures you: Passionate