A day in the life of an Emerging Leader at EY

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Emerging leader, Larissa, loves her challenging role at EY

Emerging leader, Larissa, loves her challenging role at EY

Larissa Elliot was the 2017 recipient of the Lynne Sutherland Emerging Leader Award at prime employer, EY. The award recognises individuals, up to Senior Manager, who actively promote diversity and inclusiveness at EY.

Larissa sits within the Internal Audit & Risk competency at EY, and also works across Performance Improvement and Technology. Her industry focus is on Education and Power & Utilities, and she loves the variety of work that this role provides. On any given day Larissa could go from an internal audit exit meeting at a university, to a functional requirements gathering workshop at a major water utility.

Before joining EY Larissa spent a large part of her career supporting students and people with disabilities and mental health issues, and in risk and compliance focused roles. Her purpose has been fairly clear all along – she is driven to help people to reach their potential, and she values how EY’s purpose to build a better working world is aligned to hers.

Every day is different at EY for Larissa

"There's no typical day at EY, which suits me! " says Larissa. "My day usually starts with taking my children to school before traveling to the office. I’ll then read my daily checklist which reminds me of my daily focus areas. This includes client priorities but also ensures I don’t lose sight of business development with current and past clients, and building relationships across EY. I also try to do at least one thing for someone else each day."

Being passionate about purpose and wanting to play an active role in the community, Larissa is also currently working on a couple of ‘extracurricular’ projects. She sits on the Perth Committee of the EY Foundation and enjoys connecting EY people to local focus charity partners, raising much-needed funds, and providing volunteering opportunities. Larissa also is authoring a thought leadership piece on 'purpose'; utilising recent research from the Centre for Social Impact at the University of Western Australia.

"We do expect a lot from ourselves so it can be challenging getting everything done, but I feel lucky to have great support from my team members and leaders," comments Larissa. "I have worked in other businesses where this is not always the case, so I am grateful that EY provides support and flexibility when I need it. My day always ends with a podcast (such as the Infinite Monkey Cage) on the drive home and that helps me unwind."

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