Kristy Laughlin graduated from Virginia Tech in 2008 in Accounting and Information Systems. She stayed through 2009 receiving her Master in IS. She began working for Deloitte after graduation and has been with them since. She currently serves on the outreach committee of the Recent Alumni board and is a member of the ACIS department’s Emerging Leaders Board.
Could you start by telling us a little bit about your current job?
I am currently a manager at Deloitte in our advisory practice and primarily what I do is help our clients in the financial services industry with their technology risk needs. So whether it is helping them do an IT audit, or doing risk assessment in an IT environment, that is what I focus on.
What would you say is your favorite part of your job?
My favorite part of the job is getting to meet new people all the time. In client services you are not going to one building day in and day out. You are really going to different companies, understanding what their problems are and seeing how you can help them address their problems.
While at Tech what were some of your favorite clubs or activities you were involved in?
I was the president of the Information Systems Society, but my true love was the Virginia Tech crew team. I was also the president of the crew team and that is what I spent most of my early mornings and all my weekends doing… Crater Lake, 5am, every day… The third thing I did was I was a tutor for the athletic department… I also did that on the side. It was cool I got to meet Deron Washington and some of the big names from back in the day.
Did you have a favorite class while at Virginia Tech?
Ok, so I took creative dance and it was awesome and hilarious! But I guess on a more serious note my other favorite class was probably just the Accounting Information Systems and Controls class because it was actually what I was interested in and what I do in my job now. So between those two a little fun and a little work.
What are you most looking forward to as being a member of the Recent Alumni Board?
I think what I am looking forward to the most is really being able to give back to the students, and since I was in their shoes, really understanding what their concerns are and helping them be more prepared for the real world when they graduate. We have started with interviews but I think taking it a step further and having programs that would be available for students of any level will be excellent.
What is the one piece of advice you think would be most useful for current students?
I would say that it is never too early to start networking and even though you may not want to go to an event after you have been in class all day, it really matters who you meet and who you talk to. It is because of networking events that I have my job and even some of the clients I have now. So the sooner you can learn to network effectively and its importance the better.
What is one book that has had a significant impact on your career?
My book I think would be How to Win Friends and Influence People. I love that book and I think it is still relevant even today.
How do you like to spend your free time?
After I graduated from undergrad I wasn’t eligible to do rowing anymore so I had to pick a new sport, so I picked up cycling. I was actually a cycling instructor at McComas and so now even in my free time I am a substitute cycling instructor at a gym nearby… Other than that, going to Virginia Tech football games all the time, my husband and I went down to four games this past season, so just being a hokie fan is my other hobby.