Nexight Group is happy to welcome Audrey Lievens to the team as our new Communications and Research Analyst. Audrey has spent the last two years as a due diligence researcher in Virginia and received a master’s degree from James Madison University’s political science program in Florence, Italy. We sat down with Audrey to ask her a few questions about herself, her views, and her new role at Nexight.
Q: Tell us a little about yourself.
A: I’m joining Nexight after several years as a researcher and senior analyst in the due diligence industry, where I led risk analysis projects covering a wide variety of industries, most of which were focused on Europe and Latin America. Before moving to the Washington, D.C. area, I graduated in June 2016 with a master’s degree in political science from James Madison University. This program focused on policy development in the European Union and took place entirely in Florence, Italy. While living abroad, I undertook an internship with the U.S. Consulate in Florence, went on academic trips to visit the seat of the European Union in Brussels, carried out my program’s research assistantship, and tried every imaginable flavor of gelato.
I received my undergraduate degree in international studies in 2015 from the University of Oklahoma. There, I completed minors in Spanish and Italian and spent a semester abroad in Arezzo, an art history-rich town in Tuscany.
I am originally from Austin, Texas. In my spare time, I enjoy reading, baking, and hiking.
Q: Why did you decide to join Nexight Group?
A: Everyone I met at Nexight was incredibly intelligent, kind, and genuinely dedicated to their company. I knew very quickly that I wanted to be part of that atmosphere. At Nexight, I saw that I would be able to challenge myself and build by skill set to become a more well-rounded employee.
Q: Why did you decide to study political science?
A: I chose my master’s program in Italy because it looked like an incredible way to challenge myself—it was an unbelievable amount of work crammed into a short amount of time, and came with the added difficulties of managing life in another country and experiencing the European Union on the brink of the Brexit vote. While I wasn’t sure I wanted a career in politics, I knew that the challenges of this program would prepare me for anything my future career could throw at me, and I’ve found that my classes on policy development were an excellent foundation for entering the consulting field.
Q: What are you most looking forward to about your new role at Nexight?
A: I look forward to knowing the ins and outs of the consulting industry and being someone my fellow employees and clients can rely on. I also am excited to meet and work with our clients and hope to lead my own projects in the future.