This week’s Spotlight features Analyst Chimdi Asonye. Chimdi works on projects across CFAR’s client base, applying his experience in healthcare and financial services to provide comprehensive, hands-on support. A native of the Philadelphia area, he holds a BS in Natural Science from the University of Pittsburgh. Click here to read his full biography.

First and last name
Chimdi Asonye.

What is your role at CFAR?

How long have you been with CFAR?
Six months.

What do you enjoy most about your role?
It’s tough to pick one, so I’ll cheat and pick two things. The amount of exposure that I am getting across multiple sectors has been a blessing, and learning from some of the most intelligent and experienced professionals that I have ever encountered.

What are three words you would use to describe CFAR?
Innovative, genuine, and meaningful.

What motivates you to go to work?
The people. My colleagues and the clients that we get to interact with on a nearly daily basis.

What has been your favorite memory at CFAR?
Meeting the majority of my colleagues within the Philadelphia office and attending the summer outing. It was great to finally meet people in person.

What is your favorite thing about working at CFAR?
Tackling challenging new issues. My colleagues push me to think on a deeper level. I view topics systemically as opposed to on a linear scale.

What book are you currently reading right now?
The Obstacle is the Way.

What is your favorite book/podcast?
For podcasts, I like to listen to FYI: For your Innovation and Serendipity with Inky Johnson.

If you could gain a new skill in 10 minutes, what would it be?
I’d probably pick learning a new language. Either brushing up on my Igbo (my family’s native language—one of the many languages in Nigeria), or learn how to speak French.

What are your top three publications that you read every morning?
New York Times, Barron’s, and Morning Brew.

What is one thing—industry-related or not—you learned in the last month?
I feel like I “learn” this every month, and nearly every single day—be thankful. Regardless of the situation that you’re in, always be thankful.

What is one thing that made you smile recently?
Seeing my family.

If you could choose anyone as a mentor, who would it be and why?
I can’t say that I could pick one person specifically. I try to learn from many people and I tend to take bits and pieces from many people that I truly admire.

How do you define success?
Having the freedom and ability to do whatever it is you desire without fear of any limitations.

What inspires you?
Fulfilling my purpose. I believe that my calling in life is to serve and to help others in any way that I can. I am working to get to a place where I can both give back and help others—not just financially, but emotionally, mentally, and spiritually as well.