Santa Clara University

Whitney Vellequette, French Major, Class of 2011

Senior Analyst at Accenture

My experiences studying French, as well as living and working abroad in France, have greatly influenced and supported my professional life. After teaching in Toulouse, I was hired by Accenture as a French-language resource for an ongoing project. I used my language skills and experience to not only train other incoming foreign team members, but also lead French-language client meetings, and expand upon my role to include more international projects. Knowing another language and culture is an extremely valuable asset, especially in a business setting. If anything, I strive to surround myself with a diverse work environment, and no longer think of language or cultural differences as "barriers".