YPN5Q is a weekly Q&A series spotlighting the state’s top young business and civic leaders and creative minds — professionals propelling change through entrepreneurship, the arts, public service, social media, and community involvement.
This week, we hear from Scott Cummings, local market program director at Accenture, where he is responsible for market development, strategically positioning Accenture in the Minnesota business community and helping to increase engagement of the 1600 employees based in Minneapolis.
Cummings is described by his colleagues as a professional star on the rise with a great sense of community who has been involved in a multitude of leadership volunteer roles across the metro area.
Currently chairman of the Greater Twin Cities United Way’s Emerging Leaders program, Cummings also serves on the steering committee of the Minneapolis Regional Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Twin Cities program and the Junior Achievement of the Upper Midwest’s ProjectLEAD! advisory board.
He is also a contributing writer for the Leadership and Community blog, a collaborative effort aimed at creating awareness of current community issues, identifying development opportunities for individuals to improve their leadership skills and inspiring people to take positive action.
Name: Scott Cummings
Current job title: Local Market Program Director
Current employer: Accenture
1. What’s the most challenging aspect of your job?
The most challenging part of my job is also the most exciting — the diversity of my day-to-day responsibilities. As Accenture’s local market program director, I look after local market development, alliance relationships, employee engagement and community relations.
2. What is your most marked personality trait?
3. What is your idea of perfect happiness?
Traveling with my fiancée, Tracy … probably visiting some wineries along the way.
4. What’s your favorite book?
“The Power of One” by Bryce Courtenay. It’s very well written, a great story and the main character, Peekay, succeeds against all odds.
5. What are some things you do outside of your day job?
I’m currently serving as the board chair of United Way Emerging Leaders. United Way Emerging Leaders brings the passion and philanthropic power of young professionals together to create a better community. Through the development of emerging leaders in the community, we hope to engage, educate and excite others to bring about meaningful change. We organize volunteer, education and networking events for young professionals.
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