We took a few minutes with one of AFWA’s newest members, Dawn Goldberg of The CPA Moms’ Coach, to learn more about her career, balancing work and family, and what she loves about the accounting industry.
Q: Tell us in one sentence what you do.
A: I have been a CPA for over 30 years in public accounting and I am a Certified Life Coach helping female accountant moms who are struggling to have it all.
Q: What do you love about working in the accounting industry?
A: Over the course of my career in public accounting I have enjoyed helping my clients and the companies I have worked for; I have also been able to work a flexible schedule since my daughter was born 26 years ago and have been able to balance my career with my family.
Q: Why did you go into accounting?
A: I took an accounting course in high school in the 80’s and was hooked; my professor told me to study accounting because it was a “great career for a woman.”
Q: One thing you do to get ready for the day ahead?
A: I am a Certified Life Coach and discovered about 10 years ago the power of managing my mind in the morning before work; it literally changed my life so dramatically that I studied to be a coach in order to help other female accountant moms with the struggles they have balancing their career aspirations with their family aspirations.
Q: What’s the first thing you do when you arrive at work?
A: Say hello to my boss and co-workers; check my email because my husband and I share a gratitude list every morning; we share three things we were grateful for from the day before; it helps us to focus on gratitude throughout the day because we know we will be sharing that gratitude the next morning.
Q: What’s the last book you read?
A: The 5 Second Rule: Transform your Life, Work, and Confidence with Everyday Courage by Mel Robbins; such a great book about how we stop ourselves from taking action.
Q: If you could choose anyone as a mentor, who would it be?
A: Not to sound egotistical, but I would have liked to have myself as a mentor as I was working my way up through my career; I worked with many females in various firms that were above me that didn’t have the same sense of wanting to find real balance with their career and family; I have been able to accomplish that over the years and would have liked someone like me to look up to.
Q: What is one new thing you learned in the last month (personal or professional)?
A: I learned on an even deeper level how powerful it is to manage my mind, choose my feelings on purpose, take massive action and get whatever results I want.
Q: What’s the best piece of career advice you have or have received?
A: Be authentic; do not try to play the “role” of accountant; create so much value for your employers that they will bend over backwards to give you what you need to do your job and have a balanced life.
Q: If you could tell your 23 year old self one thing, what would it be?
A: I would tell her that I have the secret to dramatically reducing your stress; you may think you need to act as everyone else in order to be considered a team player but that’s not true; once people see how productive you can be and still have a balanced life, they will want to know your secret.
Q: What is your greatest career accomplishment so far?
A: There are two – early on in my career the partner in charge of the tax department created a part time position for me (there were none in the office at the time) because he didn’t want to lose me after I finished maternity leave with my first child. The second – the compliment my bosses gave me at my yearly review after my divorce a number of years ago; they said they couldn’t believe how I was able to not bring my horrible divorce and my ex-husband’s alcohol addiction to work; I didn’t let it affect my work at all and they were appreciative and very impressed.
Q: How has AFWA impacted your career?
A: I just recently discovered AFWA and joined. I wish I had known more about it as I was moving along my career!