This week, we are proud to share Amnah Haque’s story.
Amnah joined Sendero as an Associate in our Dallas office in 2019. She earned her BBA in Management with minors in Human Rights and Spanish. She has project experience in utilities and the nonprofit sector, and she also currently serves on our Diversity Equity & Inclusion committee.
We sat down with Amnah to learn what it means to be an Associate at Sendero.
What led you to Sendero?
Sendero recruits heavily at SMU and I was able to meet so many alumni who had such great experiences at Sendero.
What stands out to you about Sendero?
It may sound cliché, but it truly is the culture. I can say definitively that most of my peers have evolved into friends, and my supervisors into mentors. It is wonderful to work at a place where you admire and enjoy spending time with those you work with. When the Covid-19 pandemic began and many companies were affected financially, our senior leaders at Sendero made significant sacrifices to reduce the probability of layoffs. I’ll never forget such meaningful and altruistic leadership.
What has been your favorite part about being a consultant?
I love the variety of work and high learning curve. I am grateful to work in a profession that allows me to grow so much in such a short amount of time. Every project and role is different, so though it can be daunting at first – you truly don’t get bored!
What is something that you learned during Associate training that has stuck with you?
During Associate training, we did a few personality assessments. It was interesting to see how my peers and I scored, and how to utilize that information to manage and interact with others. I’ve carried that knowledge into all the projects I’ve been on since then and have tried to “flex my style” to accommodate personality types different than my own.
What was your first project role at Sendero like? What were some of your responsibilities?
My first project role was a Quality Assurance Analyst at a transmission utility company. I worked with developers to create an asset/service management mobile application for the client’s field site employees. It was a great first project because I was able to get in the weeds with the mobile app creation process and learn both technical and creative skills. Ultimately, the app made life so much easier for these employees and it was very rewarding to see the impact.
Tell us about your favorite project role thus far. Why was it your favorite?
I had the opportunity to take on additional work by participating in a pro-bono project for a policy/advocacy nonprofit. My team and I worked with them at the beginning of the pandemic to help them move operations virtually in light of Covid-19 and outline a long-term strategy for revenue generation and better engagement. It felt like a very classic consulting opportunity where we had to adjust to current world circumstances and be creative, “thought leaders” in our solutions.
What new management consulting skills have you learned in your first year of management consulting?
“Learning on the spot” is an important new skill I have developed. Having been involved with multiple projects, roles, and client industries in a short amount of time, I really learned (and am still learning), how to teach myself new things on the fly and adapt to all kinds of circumstances and clients.