Lorren Cargill

Supervising Associate, Communications and Pursuits Strategy, Northeast Region Business Development

  • Ernst & Young LLP
  • Member, Professional Development Committee and New Jersey Affiliate
November’s Member of the Month has become a great attribute to the SMPS New York Chapter. He serves as an important link for the New Jersey affiliate and has brought his talents to the Professional Development Committee as well. Lorren Cargill has also made a recent industry change to Ernst and Young which is not only notable, but an experience we can all learn from. Read below as Lorren has shared more about that experience as well as other thoughts and ideas. Where are you from originally and what brought you to New York City? I am from Jamaica, in a small town of Roehampton, which is about 13 miles outside of Montego-Bay, Jamaica. My family immigrated to the US, and I have lived in the Bronx, Brooklyn, and most recently New Jersey. I am a creative person at heart and New York City is where inspiration, like-minded creative, and the opportunity to practice your craft are found. After working in New Jersey with VDA (Van Deusen & Associates) for over 6 years, I have recently accepted an opportunity that allows me to work and explore New York City.

[expand title=”Read the rest of the article here…”] Can you tell us more about your recent transition to Ernst & Young and what some of your goals are in your new position? I recently joined EY, a global leader in assurance, tax, transactions and advisory services. The opportunity to pursue this position arose after a chance meeting with a SMPS colleague, who expressed an interest, based on our past working relationship, and shared his own experiences at EY. The thought of transitioning from a small company to a global organization can be overwhelming, particularly in the first few weeks, even months. However, with the help of my SMPS mentor Rhonda, I have had a smooth transition. Furthermore, our constant communication has drastically reduced the learning curve associated with joining a new company and moving into a new role. Beyond the formal responsibilities of my role as a Communications and Pursuit Strategist at EY, my immediate goal is to apply the many skills I have developed during my tenure at VDA and my involvement with SMPS. I think the agility, particularly as it relates to marketing and business development in a smaller firm could be implemented with great success in a large organization. What advice would you give to fellow SMPS members who are looking to become more active in the New York chapter? Participating in the New York Chapter in any capacity is a great step in growing your career, and is an extremely rewarding experience. Moreover, serving on a committee allows you the opportunity to help your peers, build your network and develop a variety of skills you may not be able to develop in your workplace. In what part of New York City do you enjoy spending the most time in and why? I do not have a favorite part of the city…yet. However, I like exploring new cultures, especially through food, so if I’m not in the office, I’m eating at a great restaurant in the city. My most recent and memorable food experience was at the Chef’s Table at Brooklyn Fare, Brooklyn’s only three Michelin-starred restaurant. Other recent stops include Le Philosophe, Molyvos, and whenever I am in the area, I always stop by the Food Gallery 32 in Korea Town. What do you find to be most rewarding about being a member of the New Jersey Affiliate and Professional Development Committees? The greatest reward, without a doubt is having the opportunity to work with great, passionate, people and to develop lasting relationships. Furthermore, participating on the Professional Development committee allows me to be directly involved with some of the most impactful events and initiatives in our profession. If you could be in any other profession what would it be? Why? I would be a professional soccer player. I’ve played soccer (football, as we call it at home) all my life, and my passion for the beautiful game continues to grow. Soccer is a very unique sport, not only because it is the most popular sport in the world, but because of the way it unites people. I’ve connected and made some of my best friends through playing and being a spectator of this game. [/expand]