My name is Samantha Bolet and I am Illinois born, raised, and educated. As a proud Illini, I received my graduate degree from the University of Illinois - Gies College of Business in Technology Management and Information Systems, as well as my undergraduate degree in Political Science and Spanish. I am a first generation American and college student and come from a loving family with roots in Venezuela and Spain.
Chicago is home and I love exploring the Lincoln Park zoo and conservatory, local farmers markets and vintage shops, checking out new theatre shows, and planting new herbs or flowers in my balcony garden. However, I love to travel as well and some of my treasured travel memories include living in Southern Spain for half a year, biking across the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco during sunset, attending the Miss Universe and Miss USA pageants across the US, or riding a camel in Morocco.
I work in KPMG’s Cyber Practice in the Strategy and Governance pillar. I am incredibly passionate about data privacy and the implications of data regulations, such as the General Data Protection Regulation in Europe or the California Consumer Privacy Act. I am intrigued by the relationship of leading projects as a consultant to incorporate privacy by design, but also as a consumer that is impacted by how organizations handle my personal data. Some of my latest clients in data privacy include PayPal, Capital One, and Freddie Mac.
When I’m not on client work, I am hosting biweekly international calls with leaders around the world to discuss upcoming privacy regulations through our OneAmerica initiative, recruiting under-represented students and majors on college campuses, and working as a project manager for one of KPMG’s newest efforts on valuing risk. I was always heavily involved on my college campus and I appreciate the opportunity to continue to get involved in areas or projects I am passionate about at KPMG and to build my experience toolkit.
As a campus recruit, I was immediately drawn to the level of investment both the firm and my fellow Cyber colleagues showed in my personal and professional development. My mentors and friendships at the firm are the cherry on top of the dynamic and interesting projects I work on. In addition, I also see a clear alignment in KPMG’s value with mine and I am proud to work with an organization that respects, recognizes, and rewards their talented workforce.