Anna Bourne

Anna Bourne

Global Client Service Partner


EY

Iselin, NJ USA


Whatever choices you make, you make them for yourself.

Milestones

My road in life took a while to figure out.
I started in external audit and spent ten years there. I remember how pivotal getting my first large client was.
I then worked in industry for ten years before deciding to come back to the firm, which was a very important decision for me.
I relocated to another region and ran an entire practice for three years. And then I did it again by relocating and running another practice for three years!
After that I moved into a talent advisory role and then back to client service.
Keep following my journey

Education

High School
Urbana High School
Bachelor
Business Administration and Management, General
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Certification/License
Certified Public Accountant (CPA)
AICPA

Career

Global Client Service Partner

I’m responsible for all EY services to a large global client, which has operations in 70 countries.

Career Roadmap

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

Day to Day

I look at my day like I’m the CEO of this account. I’m responsible for the operation and tone of the account, the work we deliver, and I’m at the front, facing the client. If we do well, we get praise; if we do poorly, I have to answer for that. It’s about understanding how things relate, how each person connects the dots, and adding value on a global stage. My time is spent looking for connections while ensuring people are communicating and that we are using collaboration, rigor and discipline.

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

I learn the most from watching others and asking questions. When I meet someone, I observe their work and think, “What can I learn from them?” I learn a lot about approaching different situations by listening to others describe how they got from the beginning to the end of a challenge, obstacle or opportunity. Asking questions and continuously learning is a strength. Don’t be afraid to say, “I haven’t done this, help me be smart about it” or “please spend more time explaining this.”

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for everyone

Start by gathering information. Ask successful people how they got where they are. Shadow someone, ask good questions and follow up. Build a network of professionals and leverage your network to get your foot in the door. People who do well have thought about how they’re going to succeed by understanding expectations, asking how to navigate obstacles and putting themselves out there. But you also have to consider if this role is a good fit for you based on what drives you. You need to be you.

Recommended Education

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

undergrad
Bachelor
Business Administration and Management, General
certification
Certification/License
Certified Public Accountant (CPA)

Hurdles

The Noise I Shed

From Society in General:

"At the time I was going to business school, people questioned whether it was a good career choice for a woman or if there was a more suitable option."

Challenges I Overcame

Sibling With Special Needs