Bethany Phillips (she/her) has embraced new experiences throughout her life. When she saw a meeting on her schedule labeled Innovation while interning at Moss Adams in 2019, her ambitious nature was prepared for anything.
“I had no idea what it was,” Bethany said, now an assurance senior in Moss Adams’ Portland location. “They assigned a couple of us to an innovation project where I was introduced to automation. I enjoy a challenge and it was something new to learn, which was fun.”
The firm’s innovation team, comprising professionals across service lines, engages our people and technologies to identify problems, test ideas, and improve efficiencies that drive the firm forward to meet current and future needs.
Innovation rotations are short-term assignments dedicated to learning and performing innovation work, using new technologies and problem-solving strategies. Participants form and test ideas to improve the way work is done, while continuing to carry out their regular job responsibilities.
In 2022, shortly after Bethany joined the firm as a full-time employee, she applied to join a rotation. She initially wasn’t added to the group due to high application volume, but that didn’t stop her from pursuing the opportunity.
Bethany took the initiative to start conversations with innovation team members, ask questions, and express her interest, and those efforts paid off—she was added to the group. “I just started talking to people to see if I could still get involved,” says Bethany, “and that’s how I got in.”
Stepping Out of Comfort Zones
Bethany believes her passion for new experiences was shaped by her educational background and love of traveling.
Although she grew up in the United States, Bethany was born in the United Kingdom. Visiting her family there inspired her to explore Europe, including France, Spain, and Switzerland. In school, she surrounded herself with peers eager to learn new things, and later studied in the United Kingdom, which also served as a sort of homecoming.
“Being in a new place, getting to explore new cultures, and living life differently—this is what excites me about traveling,” Bethany said.