Meet Our Alumni: Natasha (Hawkins) Phillips, JD/MBA ’11. Manager – Oil and Gas Advisory at EY

Published on July 1, 2016

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This is the fifth in the series of Q & A sessions with Bauer alumni. Do you know of another alum we should meet? If so, please email me at aness@uh.edu. Thank you!

  1. What kind of work do you do now? I help my clients effectively implement and manage change in their organization and aid in the transition of how they prepare, equip and support individuals to successfully adopt change in the Oil and Gas and Power and Utilities industries.
  1. What is the most rewarding part of your work?  The most rewarding part of my work is being able to bring new innovative ideas to life.  Most projects are conceived because of benefits that will not be realized for a few years and frankly are hard for a number of employees to visualize actually happening.  I love it when I meet an employee that has been on a change journey for a few years and they finally get to that “aha” moment when the process or system that we implemented is greatly benefiting what they do on a day to day basis.  It’s in that moment when all of our hard work for the last few years is finally tangible and some of your biggest critics are converted into believers.  I truly believe that I am “Building a Better Working World” day in and day out for our clients.
  1. What is your favorite memory of your time at Bauer?  My favorite memory of my time at Bauer is all of the project work I did with my small groups.  Those were the times that you realized just how diverse each of our backgrounds were and how beneficial that diversity was to us achieving our end goal as a group.  It is at Bauer where I first fostered the importance of developing a highest performing team and that important lesson has stuck with me throughout my career.
  1. What advice would you give to other Bauer alumni? The importance of building and developing both a network internal to your organization and an external network.  The Bauer College Alumni Association provides a number of opportunities to expand your network and I encourage everyone to take advantage of these opportunities.  The Bauer Alumni Annual Meeting is right around the corner and this is just one example of the many networking events that are available to alumni.  I can’t stress enough the importance of staying connected!

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