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International women of risk - Samantha Gloede

Q&A

Q&A

Introduce yourself, and tell us more about you.

I’m Samantha (Sam) Gloede, Managing Director, Technology Risk Management for KPMG in the US based in New York. Currently, I have a dual role as the Global Risk Solutions & Program Leader for KPMG International focused on the organization’s priority investments in building risk and regulatory driven transformation solutions for member firm clients. I also have a client-facing role as the Life Sciences Leader for Technology Risk Management in the US.

Tell us why you’re excited to be part of the International Women of Risk (IWOR) community. Why are you an ambassador?

I’m thrilled to be a part of IWOR. I’ve worked in many global roles for over half of my career, and I feel passionate about collaborating with and building a network of women that incorporates so many different cultures across the globe. I’m also a member of the Women of Risk Consulting (WORC) group in KPMG in the US. To be a member of IWOR provides me a unique opportunity and connection point to share global insights with the WORC network, but also raise greater awareness of the great work we’re doing in the US.

We’d love to hear more about your career path. What led you to where you are today?

I’ve been with KPMG for 22 years, starting at KPMG Australia and then moving to the United States. I delivered IT Advisory services to clients for the first seven years of my career before shifting into an Asia Pacific regional business development role where I supported the Global IT Advisory Leader in executing the strategy and building global solutions. This really ignited my passion for working within KPMG’s global member firm network, and over the past 15 years I’ve built such an incredible network, and feel really proud of the global solutions and capabilities that we have built at KPMG.

What is one of your most memorable career accomplishments? Why?

I was promoted to Managing Director very shortly after I had my son, Aidan. I was proud that KPMG gave me such an incredible opportunity and trusted that I could do this while also navigating the unknown path as a working mother.

We all hit bumps along the road. What has been a challenge you’ve faced in your career? How did it help you grow?

Coming back into client delivery after taking some time out in an internal strategic role was very challenging, and honestly scary, too. I had some incredible support from a few of my peers and leaders who helped me build my confidence. I feel so grateful to have had their support, and proud of myself for facing the fear and uncertainty head on, and sticking with it!

Is work-life balance a challenge for you? What is one tactic you use to make it all come together?

Work-life balance is definitely a challenge: I’m a very engaged mum and I’m active in my son's school community. I also have an incredibly intense schedule at work. Plus, I sit on the Advisory Board of a non-profit, and I’m a marathon runner. All of these are important to me, so it’s a priority for me to figure out a way to fit everything into my life. I just make sure that when my time is focused on one of these areas, that I am present in that moment on that particular thing. I’m nimble and can switch gears quickly, and I use technology as much as possible to integrate all of my commitments and help me to stay organized.

What is the most rewarding part of your job?

It’s rewarding to play a part in creating transformative and innovative solutions for clients, and seeing the success we’re creating in the market.

Who are your role models?

My mum, Trish Gloede is my role model. She balanced being an incredibly loving, supportive and present mother to her three kids, with being a leader in her profession as a Director of Nursing in aged care. Now that I’m a working mum, I try to emulate her passion and grace in juggling so many commitments, while always making her family, her colleagues and her patients feel like her highest priority.