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Rod Adams

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Milestones

My road in life took a while to figure out.
I’m originally from North Carolina, but moved to Chicago when I was young—I would become the first in my family to really enter corporate America.
I wanted to pursue accounting from the time I started college—my goals were reaffirmed when even the FBI spoke at my school and revealed that accounting was one of the top majors they hired from.
I’ve been with PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) throughout my whole career, starting in audit.
My favorite aspect of audit was building relationships with clients, so my coach referred me for a role that interacted heavily with the human resources department.
I stayed in audit for about three years before moving into what I call the “people space”—I’ve worked in deployment, recruiting, diversity, human resources, and then back in recruiting.
I moved to Los Angeles, California, for a few years when I first started working in recruitment for PwC, but I eventually moved back to Chicago.
I currently lead the recruitment team at PwC for the United States and Mexico—I’ve been in this position for four years.
In my community, I serve on the Posse Foundation Chicago Advisory Board—the Posse Foundation recruits and trains scholars with extraordinary leadership potential.
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Education

High School
Bachelor
Accounting
Illinois Wesleyan University

Career

U.S. Recruitment Leader

I’m responsible for recruitment strategy and leading the recruitment team at PwC in the US & Mexico.

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Business
Numbers
Problem Solving

Day to Day

I'm at the head of PwC's hiring across the U.S. and Mexico, from intern to director. That's about 15,000 people per year! I lead a team of about 400 people doing on-the-ground recruitment. I work closely with U.S. firm leadership, faculty relationship partners, market leaders, and recruitment teams to design and execute our recruitment strategy. I build sustainable competitive advantage in attracting top talent through recruiting programs, social and digital media, and brand-setting activities.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for professionals

Network and get to know people at all levels in this field.

Hurdles

The Noise I Shed

From Society in General:

"Work should be your main priority if you want to be successful."

Challenges I Overcame

Work / Life Balance

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Making it Balance

Making it Balance

Accounting and Auditing Roadtrip