Haoshu Xu ’13

Senior consultant at Deloitte Catalyst

What advice would you give to a girl graduating from Williston today?   

No matter which field you end up pursuing, try to become tech-savvy. Technology is disrupting the way we learn, work, and live and will continue to do so. It is important to develop at least fundamental understanding to be successful.

Tell us about a woman who is your hero—or “she-ro!”—and why?

One of the women I look up to the most is Merry, a managing director at my firm, not only because she is brilliant and influential, but also more importantly because she leads with empathy. She is the biggest advocate for junior female professionals and devotes herself to creating a sense of belonging for everyone.

What do you think is next for women in your professional field?

Inspired by growing representation of women in leadership positions, female professionals at the intersection of technology and business will be able to bring more of their authentic selves to the workplace. They will feel less pressured to act like their male counterparts and more empowered to lean in to their unique strengths.

What motivates you in your work and life?

I am driven by endless curiosity in both work and life. It leads me to keep exploring the world and strive toward better answers, not just the easy ones.

What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?

“People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”