Wendy Lewis

Wendy Lewis

Partner


KPMG

New York, NY USA


It’s always a challenge to know that you’re prepared, to know that you deserve something, and still not get it...You can let that bump in the road define you or you can let it make you stronger.

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Milestones

My road in life has been direct.
I grew up in a small town as the only child of teenage parents, but I always had the ambition to get out of my small town and experience more of the big city life.
I knew I wanted to go to college, I just didn’t know what I wanted my major to be.
To be safe, I decided I was going to major in business administration—during my sophomore year in high school, I took an accounting class and loved it.
Attended the HBCU Virginia Union University, where I earned my bachelor’s degree in accounting.
My accounting advisor was Dr. Ruth Harris, the first black woman in Virginia to pass her CPA exam—she mentored me and helped grow my interest in accounting.
While still in college, I took my certified public accountant (CPA) exams and began interning in the field to perfect my resume.
Got my first job working at KPMG—my initial goal was to only stay for two years to get experience, but I kept sticking around, earning more and more promotions.
I have now worked at the firm for over 21 years and am now a partner in KPMG’s commercial audit practice.
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Education

High School
Bachelor
Accounting
Virginia Union University
Certification/License
Certified Public Accountant (CPA)

Career

Partner

I am a partner in commercial audit practice.

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Business
Numbers
Accomplishing Goals

Day to Day

My days are never the same. As a partner, I show up to the client's site and everyone on the team gives an update for where they are in the audit process. My favorite part of the morning is getting to know my team on a more personal level. Then we go to the client and talk to them about the status of everything. We do team lunches in order to connect and work better together. I also typically have a few meetings that I go to.

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

Be personable and outgoing. Make sure people know the real you. There is a lot of talking, communicating, and writing in this field. It is not necessarily the best job for people who are extremely introverted or just want to hide at a desk all day. You need to be confident. Gain as many technical skills as you can. Empathy and people skills are also key.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for college students

Get a foundation in business or accounting, but you don't necessarily need to do ONLY that. This field is growing and we need people with diverse backgrounds. With that you can segway into a variety of industries within accounting. It is really helpful to see and engage with people that look like you in the field that you are interested in. Seek out those mentors or advisors that can give you that guidance and support.

Recommended Education

My career is related to what I studied. I'd recommend the path I took:

undergrad
Bachelor
Accounting
certification
Certification/License
Certified Public Accountant (CPA)

Hurdles

The Noise I Shed

From Myself:

"I'm going to leave. I need to do something different."

Challenges I Overcame

Raised By Young Parents
Racial and Gender Discrimination
Imposter Syndrome