Zami Salaria, Engagement Manager

Endeavour is an excellent opportunity to help the community and gain valuable consulting experience at the same time. Working with others from diverse backgrounds and different fields is an added bonus.”

 

What is your educational background and work experience?

I graduated with a MBA/MS from the University of Illinois in 2000. I have worked in diverse roles within GE Capital. My most recent role prior to the move to Canada was Assistant Vice-President in the Bank Corporate Lending Division in Chicago.

Why did you choose to volunteer with Endeavour?

I strongly believe in giving back to the community and with so many colleagues and close family in consulting, I was curious as to how it all works. The Endeavour opportunity was an excellent way to achieve both objectives.

Please describe the project that you worked on.

We helped the Canadian Association of Pet Dog Trainers to establish a Board and associated board governance policies. We also provided and coached the organization on establishing key performance indicators and on how to utilize the indicators to measure their Board performance in the short as well as long term.

What was your role on the volunteer project and what are some of the activities that you performed?

I was the Engagement Manager for the team and my primary goal was scoping the engagement with the team, mentoring the team and ensuring communications within the team and with the client.

How has volunteering with Endeavour helped you personally and professionally?

The opportunity offered me a solid understanding of the wing-to-wing process involved in a typical consulting engagement, the importance of scoping an engagement and the importance of communication throughout the engagement.

Any advice for future Endeavour volunteers?

Endeavour is an excellent opportunity to help the community and gain valuable consulting experience at the same time. Working with others from diverse backgrounds and different fields is an added bonus. Make the most of it.

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