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Marissa Santacruz

Marissa Santacruz


Los Angeles, CA USA

"Hard work pays off."

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Marissa's work combines: Numbers, Business, and Learning / Being Challenged

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Day In The Life

Audit Senior Manager

I provide financial statement audit services to public and private companies.

Skills & Education

Here's the path I took:

  • High School

    Rufus King International High School

  • Bachelor's Degree


    University of Southern California

Here's the path I recommend for someone who wants to be an Accountants and Auditors:

Bachelor's Degree: Accounting

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Life & Career Milestones

My path in life has been direct

  • 1.

    A high school teacher told me to push myself, apply to a prestigious university, and not to settle for a nearby state school.

  • 2.

    Traveled from Wisconsin to attend the University of Southern California and graduated in 2011.

  • 3.

    Started my full-time career with KPMG in the Los Angeles Office in August 2011.

  • 4.

    Became a KPMG National Audit Instructor - 2015.

  • 5.

    Promoted to Audit Manager - 2016.

  • 6.

    Became a co-lead for our KPMG LA Chapter Hispanic Latino Business Resource Group (HL BRG) - 2017.

  • 7.

    Promoted to Audit Senior Manager - 2018.

  • 8.

    Sponsored by KPMG for ALPFA National Conventions and attended the HL BRG Manager Leadership Development Program.

Defining Moments

How I responded to discouragement


    Messages from Peers:

    Working in public accounting is a lot of hours and doesn't seem to be worth it.

  • How I responded:

    Hard work pays off. Although public accounting can involve working a lot of hours, the amount of flexibility you have is incomparable. As you progress in your career, you are in charge of your own schedule and can make time for what is important. The career is also very rewarding and presents a lot of great opportunities.

Experiences and challenges that shaped me

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  • Unlike most students at USC, my parents did not graduate college nor work in the professional world. However, instead of being intimidated, I surrounded myself with genuine individuals who had exposure to these experiences & learned from them.