Get to Know Deborah Jelley, Senior Consultant, her passion for literature, and the support system that makes up her #LifeatNEOS

Tell me a little bit about what you do for NEOS and our clients.

I have been with NEOS for a year and a half. I have been mostly working with one client on accounting platform modernization. This client needed to modernize their systems, so NEOS helped them select the right application relative to their business and processes. Subsequently, they retained us to help them through the implementation, and we are currently working toward normalizing the new features of the selected application. I have extensive experience designing and implementing finance and accounting systems and provide expertise when helping the client review their processes. I also assist the client in adopting the new application features to streamline financial cycles, both in accounting and budgeting/forecasting. Call me the “Now what do we do with this application?” consultant.

If you could choose one word to describe the culture at NEOS, what would it be and why?

Positive. As someone who has both architected and managed large integrated projects, I have come to highly value can-do attitudes across team members. NEOS team members are enthusiastic to offer help when and where it is needed. Often, observing this support network prompts clients to cherish their relationship with NEOS and happily extend contracts with us as they see an entire team of highly qualified folks behind every engagement.

What is something not many people know about you?

I am writing a novel and am an avid four-season trail hiker with my dog, Birdie.

What is something you think everyone should do at least once in their lives and why?

Walk a mile in someone else’s shoes. Embrace other people’s culture, lives, and environs. Doing so expands your understanding of the human condition and can make you happier and more content with your own life. This is not to say the other person’s life is worse than yours, rather enjoying how they live, work, socialize, cook and eat food will give you the best experiences in your life.

Who inspires you and why?

Christine de Pizan. She was a court writer and poet in medieval France, a post she assumed upon the death of her husband. During a time when women were not typically able to inherit from their deceased husband’s estates, she needed to support herself, her mother and her three children, so she turned to writing, and her love ballads caught the attention of the French court. With their patronage, she went on to become a prolific writer. I admire her for succeeding despite all the legal and social odds against her success.

What are you currently reading?

Where do I start? I tend to read up to six books at the same time. Sometimes, I finish one book without picking up the others, but often I drift from book to book depending on my mood. Currently, I am reading “Anxious People” by Fredrik Backman, “Escape Velocity” by Charles Portis, “Silent Spring” by Rachel Carson, “The Lost Kingdom” by Bernard Cornwell and “Portrait of Jennie” by Robert Nathan. Right now, I seem to be engrossed in “The Lost Kingdom” – a novel about the Danish invasion of Briton about a couple hundred years after the Romans pulled out. It’s fantastic stuff! I love to read!


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