BIO

Belinda McConnell is a Principal in Deloitte Consulting’s Consumer Industry and leads the industry’s Customer & Marketing practice.  Belinda focuses on large scale digital transformation and digital acceleration initiatives for her clients, focused on defining digital growth strategies, emerging technology implementations, supported by enhanced operations to drive revenue growth and operational efficiency.  She has served some of the Consumer Industry’s largest and most prestigious brands to implement new technology solutions to support strategic business initiatives. 

Belinda has a Bachelor’s of Science in Electrical Engineering from the Illinois Institute of Technology and an MBA from the University of Illinois.  Her technical background combined with business acumen has helped her to be the strategic business liaison and technology advisor to her clients.  When not at work, Belinda enjoys spending time with her family being in the mountains, skiing, hiking, golfing, and any outdoor activity.

 

WHY YOU ARE INVOLVED WITH IGNITE?

When I was in undergrad, I remember being one of the few (if not only) females in my engineering and science classes.  I also went to a high school that focused on math and science, and I remember being one of the only females in the classroom.  My parents were always very supportive of me studying math, science, and engineering, but I missed having a female mentor to look up to.  Even in the business world today, females are highly underrepresented in the field of technology, so one of the things I can do is to give back to the next generation of female talent, and I aspire to be a role-model that young females interested in STEM careers and education can look to as a mentor.

 

HOW HAS IGNITE INSPIRED YOU?

I have been very inspired with the programs that IGNITE sponsors for young women to learn technology, engage with senior female technology leaders, and be in inspiring learning environments that encourage open dialog, a safe environment to be inquisitive and ask questions, and really understand the opportunities that a career in a STEM field can provide.  I really hope to see many of these strong, smart, talented females in the workplace in the very near future!  

 

WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE THE WIDER COMMUNITY TO KNOW ABOUT IGNITE?

The community should know that this is an organization that needs their support, and take any opportunity to support it.  Whether it’s by donating some of your time, attention, support or monetary donation.  It’s an extremely important cause that will be very rewarding as we can all help make a difference.  I can say honestly that just one great experience or one great mentorship conversation can have a very meaningful impact on someone’s life.