034: Kelly Noe, PhD CPA CGMA – Don’t Second Guess It, Just Go For It

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Kelly Noe

Kelly Noe, a PhD CPA & CGMA that is currently serving as the Interim Director for the School of Accountancy at Stephen F. Austin University in Nacogdoches, Texas, joined us this week for Life In Accounting: The Where Accountants Go podcast.

“I’ve been a lucky person”

In this episode, Kelly recounts the story of how she decided to become an accountant in the first place – a process that started with the influence of her grandmother. At 11 years old, she was paid $5/hour to help in her grandmother’s firm with basic bookkeeping related tasks. And 5 years later when she got a job working as a cashier in a grocery store, she realized that she was going to be making less than she did at the age of 11… so maybe accounting was a good career to consider! It was at that point that her direction was set.

Why don’t you come teach?

After working several years in the profession, including in a CFO position for a hospice, she made the choice to stay home and raise her family. She decided after a while though that perhaps a part-time position was in order so she applied at Stephen F. Austin University for a role in their accounting department. While speaking with the individual on the phone however, they convinced her to apply for a different position that was also open – the position of part-time faculty for the accounting program. She so much enjoyed teaching that she took some time off to obtain her doctorate degree in accounting and then returned to the university for a tenured position later on.

Much more to the story…

There’s much more to all the details of Kelly’s journey than we can possibly cover in this written post, so please make sure to listen to the audio version for all the nuances. Kelly also goes into her involvement with the East Texas Chapter of TSCPA, several insights for accounting majors and potential accounting majors, and even a very interesting mistake she made in one of her first jobs. She’s very open in the interview.

Another item Kelly highlights towards the end is her involvement with the Humane Society, a cause very near-and-dear to her heart. In fact, the local office is having a golf tournament coming up on June 16th if you would like to participate in order to support the organization. Details are at: http://www.angelinacountyhumanesociety.org/dog-days-of-summer-golf.html

I know you will enjoy this interview. It was a pleasure to record.

Have a great week!
Mark Goldman CPA
President – Where Accountants Go

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