Each month we highlight a different Dare to be Great employee who embodies the Uncommon Blend or Challenge Accepted attitude that makes West Monroe Partners and everyone that works here so unique! This month, meet Maheshie Cabraal, a Senior Consultant in our Mergers & Acquisitions practice, based in New York City.
How did you get started at West Monroe?
One of my friends (and voices of truth) at my previous company, Laura Brizgis, left our then firm for West Monroe. Fast forward almost two years, I was looking for a change of course in my career and she educated me on West Monroe and open positions in New York.
What is your proudest accomplishment at West Monroe?
I was accepted into the Fischer Fellowship program last year. It gave me the opportunity to volunteer for three months in my home country, Sri Lanka, and come back to New York and M&A without skipping a beat. That was probably one of the coolest experiences I have ever had, let alone at West Monroe.
How do you identify as part of the Uncommon Blend?
As demonstrated by the colleagues I work with daily, it’s clear to me that West Monroe hires and builds employees to not only have strengths in Business and Technology, but to think outside the box and encourage the perspectives of those with different backgrounds. My Uncommon Blend comes in several folds – all of which have been accepted whole-heartedly by my colleagues: being a Woman in Technology and Business which is (unfortunately) not as common as it should be; a consultant coming from a Big-4 firm which could easily be frowned upon at a firm our size; and an individual that enjoys giving back to her community, which is a desire that has been more than satisfied by the community outreach opportunities West Monroe provides.
What is your Challenge Accepted moment? How has West Monroe challenged you?
West Monroe has pushed me in the best way possible since day one. From being placed in the boardroom to make business-impacting decisions with C-level clients, to being asked to manage multiple deals and projects at a time, to the opportunity to pursue my volunteer aspirations with the Fischer Fellowship, and having the opportunity to mentor my colleagues. Every day is filled with Challenge Accepted moments.
How would you describe West Monroe in two words?
If you were trapped on a deserted island, who from West Monroe would you bring and why?
Kirsten Lentz. Very early on in our professional careers, we were stuck in a car together for six hours a week for three months straight. Neither of us jumped out of the moving car at any point, so I know we have already tested that we do not get sick of each other.