Emerging Leader Spotlight: Rebekah Kofo-Kasumu

Every month we ask an emerging leader we admire to share what she is doing to take the lead in her career. We invite her to share how she achieved her current position, what obstacles she encountered on her climb, as well as tips for how to be a rising woman of influence.

This month we shine the Emerging Leader Spotlight on Rebekah Kofo-Kasumu, Senior Manager, Financial Services at KPMG.

Emerging Leader Spotlight: Rebekah Kofo-Kasumu on career advice

Favorite Leadership Quote:

“How you do anything is how you do everything.” – Phillip Kasumu

Why did you choose your current career path?

I always knew I wanted to have a role with visible progression, client facing and where I would be continuously learning. I also wanted to have the ability to translate my role internationally. My undergrad was in Law, however I wanted the flexibility to travel. Numbers are universal, so I trained and qualified with the Associate of Chartered Accountants, (ACA) in London. After a few banking jobs in London, I applied and was accepted as an Audit Senior at KPMG in Bermuda. This was almost 5 years ago now.

What is the most important thing you have learned that has been critical to your career success?

 

  “How you do anything is how you do everything.”

 

In an environment which is high demand with high expectation, where promotions, although frequent, are competitive, I had to find different ways to standout. This wasn’t down to just doing a good job day to day. I would lead sector presentations, take client training sessions and at one point ran workout classes in the office during busy season. This helped me stand out as I demonstrated my commitment, learning and development, client relationships, and fitness, because again, how you do anything is how you do everything!

What leadership tools or resources have you used that have been crucial to your success?

The best resources I have identified have been other women. Networking and attending women in leadership conferences have given me exposure to senior women who can share their experiences. This has been vital for me. It has shown me that being a woman in a leadership position can be done. I have joined a number of women’s organizations where I’m on the executive committee, including the 100 Women in Finance and the CPA Bermuda Women in Leadership conference. I have learned from women leaders in the community, their leadership style, their take on mentorship and sponsorship and have drawn some industry insight. These industry insights can be applied directly to my day to day work, allowing me to stay ahead of the curve. These relationships have grown me professionally and increased my visibility and profile.

What are some top tips you can recommend to other women who want to be recognized as high-potential emerging leaders?

It is important to do a good job, but it is vital to make yourself visible. Ultimately, people buy from people. Your superiors, your clients and your staff need to know that you are that “go-to” person for a particular challenge or question. By increasing your profile, you in turn,  increase your credibility. Volunteer for internal projects when they come up or create them! Volunteer and attend external conferences, charities or committees and network the hell out of them.

Connect with Rebekah on LinkedIn.

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