Insurance Roadtrip

Venture into the wide open world of accounting and auditing, and find a profession that defies stereotypes

Problem-solving, helping people, and often doing it with cutting-edge technology—auditing is way more interesting than pop culture would have you believe. That’s why this summer, fueled by the Center for Audit Quality’s “Discover Audit” initiative, Roadtrip Nation is sending three young adults interested in auditing and accounting on a road trip to see what the profession has to offer. They’ll meet with auditors working in a wide range of roles, as well as people who’ve applied the skills they gained from auditing to pursue other dreams, and hear the paths they’ve taken and the advice they have. Watch the journey unfold below, then stay tuned to watch the film when it premieres next year.


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THE ROADTRIPPERS

  • Sobia

  • Da’Rell

  • Leilani

Sobia

22
Atlanta, GA

“I think life is about doing things that make you really uncomfortable,” says Sobia Bhatti, a recent grad from Georgia Institute of Technology who’s ready to find her footing in the working world. It’s a bold mindset she didn’t always have. Originally from a small, quiet town in Georgia, when Sobia moved to bustling Atlanta to go to school, she learned quickly that clinging to your comfort zone only holds you back from growth—you’ve just got to throw yourself in the deep end and start adapting. Sobia’s spent all of college learning to get comfortable with change, but she’s still pretty terrified of what’s next in life: she’s about to start a position at a big accounting firm, and while her family worries that corporate culture is too challenging for her—or any woman minority—to succeed in, Sobia is ready to find mentors who can show her it’s possible.

Sobia

Da’Rell

21
Houston, TX

Twenty-one-year-old Da’Rell knows he doesn’t look like the typical mold people envision when they think of an auditor or accountant. “As a black male accounting student at a historically black university, I am aware of the rarity I represent when I step out into the world,” he says. In Da’Rell’s eyes, though, his unique position isn’t a hurdle; it’s an opportunity. A chance to blaze the trail for those coming up, challenge perceptions, and create change. In that sense, Da’Rell’s goals in accounting aren’t just personal; they’re social. A big believer that education opens doors, he aspires to one day build a firm that focuses on educating black-owned businesses on financial topics. Impacting the greater good is a priority, but so is providing for his immediate family. As a father, Da’Rell wants to give his children the best life possible, and a career in the auditing profession offers the stability he’s looking for, while also allowing him to be part of something bigger than himself.

Da’Rell

Leilani

22
Huntington Beach, CA

For Leilani, auditing and accounting offer a sense of certainty she’s been missing in her life. A recent graduate from California State University, Long Beach, Leilani has worked hard in school and even landed work before graduating. But California is a long way from her family, who live in Guam, where she grew up. Moving across the world alone for college was always a given—her small island home holds a place in her heart, but it just didn’t have the opportunities she wanted for her future. So when she got to college, she threw herself into her studies to make sure her sacrifices were worth it. But now that she’s graduated, Leilani is tired of missing her family. With her entrepreneurial spirit guiding her, she’s looking to auditing to give her the business savvy to be able to open her own business someday so she can provide for her family and give her little sister the chance to live a better life without having to go through what she did.

Leilani

HOME SWEET HOME

miles the RV

QUICK STATS

DOB...........................2002

# OF ROADTRIPS..............2

MILES.......................47,066

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STOPS & INTERVIEWS

STOPS
INTERVIEWS
Austin, TX
8/6/2019

Sarah Elliott

Cofounder and Principal, Intend2Lead

Houston, TX
8/8/2019

Cythina Boon

Internal Audit Manager, Live Nation

New Orleans, LA
8/9/2019

Bryan Ford

Former CPA Tax Accountant, now baker Ironside Cafe

Anthony Sedlak

Assistant Financial Reporting Manager, LLOG Exploration

Birmingham, AL
8/12/2019

Johnathan Daniel

Vice President, Finance, Corporate Controller, ProAssurance

Washington DC
8/16/2019

Talat Mangla

Director, PwC

Philadelphia, PA
8/19/2019

Michael Horsey

CEO & Chairman, Horsey, Buckner & Heffler, LLP

New York City, NY
8/21/2019

Karmen Ward

Senior Audit Manager, KPMG

Cathy Engelbert

WNBA Commissioner

Lavon Johnson

FSO Financial and Accounting Advisory Services Senior EY

Hartford, CT
8/23/2019

Dawn Brolin

CEO , Powerful Accounting

Rod Adams

US Talent Aquisition Leader, PwC

STOPS & INTERVIEWS

Austin, TX
8/6/2019

Sarah Elliott

Cofounder and Principal, Intend2Lead


Houston, TX
8/8/2019

Cythina Boon

Internal Audit Manager, Live Nation


New Orleans, LA
8/9/2019

Bryan Ford

Former CPA Tax Accountant, now baker Ironside Cafe

Anthony Sedlak

Assistant Financial Reporting Manager, LLOG Exploration


Birmingham, AL
8/12/2019

Johnathan Daniel

Vice President, Finance, Corporate Controller, ProAssurance


Washington DC
8/16/2019

Talat Mangla

Director, PwC


Philadelphia, PA
8/19/2019

Michael Horsey

CEO & Chairman, Horsey, Buckner & Heffler, LLP


New York City, NY
8/21/2019

Karmen Ward

Senior Audit Manager, KPMG

Cathy Engelbert

WNBA Commissioner

Lavon Johnson

FSO Financial and Accounting Advisory Services Senior EY


Hartford, CT
8/23/2019

Dawn Brolin

CEO , Powerful Accounting

Rod Adams

US Talent Aquisition Leader, PwC

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