How did you decide to go into accounting? My dad is a CPA. He was a tax attorney for 20+ years and prepared taxes during tax season. (He still does.) I knew I wanted to go into business prior to starting college, but I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do. When I took my first accounting class, I knew I wanted to go into accounting. However, I decided to go into audit instead of tax like my dad. I think I made the right choice, since I’m still an auditor 13 years after graduating!
What are your favorite industry topics or concentrations? I’ve been an auditor for over 13 years, so auditing is my favorite accounting topic! I teach a class at George Washington University on governmental accounting and auditing. While the accounting part of the course is great, I really love teaching the auditing piece.
If you could get paid to do anything else, what would it be? I love to travel. My husband and I took a trip around the world for 6 weeks about a year and a half ago. It took us about 2 ½ years to plan and to save up the airline and hotel points. I would love to plan epic vacations like ours for others.
Where is your favorite place to vacation? Hawaii! I love visiting Hawaii. My husband and I try to go ever year. Our favorite island is Kauai. My dream is to move to Hawaii when my husband and I retire.
How do you define success, and by your definition, are you successful? Success means something different for each person. For me, it means am I doing the best work I can everyday whether it’s interacting with my clients, being involved in professional organizations like AFWA, and having an impact on my team and mentees, etc. Based on that definition, I believe I have been successful so far in my career.
What is the best advice you have ever received? Growing up, my mom told me that if I was going to attach my name to something that it should always be my best work. While she was talking about school at the time, I’ve taken that advice to heart in my career. Whether it’s my client work, AFWA, teaching, etc., I always strive to do my best work.
How would you describe your everyday organization style? Lists and calendar reminders! I always have a to do list. (Doesn’t every accountant?) I have a to do list for everything I need to do, then break it down to what I need to complete for the week and for each day. I also set calendar reminders for important deadlines, i.e., client deliverables, etc.
What do you appreciate most about being a woman in the workplace? What do you dislike? One thing I love about being a woman in the workplace is the support among the women I work with. I have developed wonderful relationships with women within my firm and through AFWA. There is a real sense of community and support. Honestly, I don’t dislike being a women in the workplace. I’m very fortunate to work for a great firm that takes diversity and inclusion very seriously.