Connie Clark, CPA with Faske Lay & Company in Austin, Texas, joined us for this week’s episode of Life In Accounting: The Where Accountants Go podcast. Meant to be a CPA Connie’s career actually started in the information technology industry, but after her husband’s career led them to move to Austin she re-evaluated her situation and decided that it was time for a change. A friend of hers suggested that she consider becoming a CPA, and since she only needed a few courses in addition to the MBA she had already received she decided to pursue getting certified. She passed all four parts of the exam in only 5 months – she obviously had found her calling. The power of connection Connie quickly became involved in the local CPA Society and it was there that she received some of the most consequential advice of her career – “someone will hire you on your terms”. She was a new mother and was concerned that she may not find the right opportunity in public accounting, but a staff member at the CPA Society gave her that very advice. And sure enough, she did find the right employer to work with her on a part-time basis. Becoming a partner Since then, she has moved to Faske Lay & Company in Austin and become a partner in that practice. Faske Lay is a very service-oriented firm that looks at technology as a competitive edge. You will have to listen to the audio for the full discussion, but Connie touches a couple times on the fact that they put a high priority on training and technology at their firm. Being involved in the community is also very important to Connie. She is involved with the Rotary Club, their local Chamber, and the Chisholm Trail Community Foundation. One of the upcoming events at the Foundation that she supports is the ‘Fast Pitch’ award for non-profits that need funding. More information is available at www.chisholm-trail.org. Connie is a very genuine, transparent individual. This episode really was a pleasure to record. I hope you enjoy it. See you again soon! There’s more to come… Mark Goldman CPA President - Where Accountants Go www.WhereAccountantsGo.com If you found this episode beneficial and haven’t subscribed yet, please visit https://whereaccountantsgo.com/blog/ and click on the orange “Subscribe” button in the upper right hand corner to be notified every time we post new content. Thank you!