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Meet Sarah Yip.
What is your role at MorganFranklin, and what do you do?
I am a manager in the ERP practice focusing on NetSuite. I help clients implement and optimize their NetSuite configurations and business processes. Our excellent NetSuite team provides end-to-end recommendations on how they can leverage NetSuite’s capabilities and third-party integrations, as well as improve existing processes.
Please tell us about your professional background and what led you to pursue a career at MorganFranklin.
I started my career as an implementation consultant at NetSuite. In that role, I worked on new implementations spanning a variety of industries and verticals. When I joined MorganFranklin, I was looking for a smaller team, as well as the ability to deepen my knowledge in specific NetSuite modules and hone my skillset by being a dedicated resource for a smaller number of clients. I was fortunate to find that sweet spot I was searching for in my career at MorganFranklin, and I couldn’t be happier.
What is one thing that is on your bucket list?
I would love to go scuba diving with the Mola mola (aka sunfish) and whale sharks in Bali. I’m really intrigued by the ocean’s gentle giants.
What is one unique thing that others may not know about you?
I am a professional singer in my free time. Pre-COVID and before moving to the United States, I spent my weekends and weeknights performing at local bars, weddings, and street festivals in Toronto with my two bands. One of my bands participated in the world’s longest concert by multiple artists, which can be found in the Guinness World Records. It was 437 hours of nonstop music performed by local bands playing back-to-back, and it was definitely a highlight for me to participate as a musician.
What appealed to you about a career working in NetSuite?
I wanted to have an impactful job that challenged me, gave me variety in my day-to-day life, and allowed me to utilize my problem-solving skills. I live for the sense of accomplishment I feel when I use creative thought processes to resolve challenging issues for a client.
What do you think is unique about the culture at MorganFranklin?
We have a diverse team of individuals who are based in different parts of the world and who have different education backgrounds and life experiences. At MorganFranklin, I found a deep respect and celebration of our differences and an understanding that we are stronger together. From a social perspective this is exemplified through our various employee committees, feedback surveys, and company-wide open discussions on sensitive topics. Recently, we had a thought-provoking discussion about hate crimes taking place against the Asian American and Pacific Islander community, and I appreciated the willingness of our teams to have difficult conversations, share their stories, and show their support.
How have you balanced your life during and after the pandemic?
My boyfriend and I picked up a hobby we both really enjoy, which is ocean fishing. We spend most weekends out on our kayak fishing, crabbing, or foraging along the coast; then we cook our fresh catch of the day for dinner. It’s always exciting to try different recipes, and we have really learned to appreciate where our food comes from.
What advice would you give to new team members?
Stay curious, ask lots of questions, and be open to trying new things. Saying “yes” to new opportunities and responsibilities was a little nerve-wracking at first, but it really helped me to succeed in my role.
Favorite way to unwind after a long day?
I adopted a dog named Miso about six months ago. Spending time with her, taking her out on walks, and cuddling with her while watching Netflix in the evenings has been a great way for me to relax after a long day.
What has been your favorite team, corporate activity, or event hosted by MorganFranklin?
Our West Coast team hosted a fantastic holiday party one year where we took a party bus to Napa Valley for a wine tasting day. Along with bonding with our colleagues, we enjoyed some great views of the wineries and even had one stop where we got to mix our own bottle of wine to take home.