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What's Your "And"?

John Garrett’s research involves talking with rock star professionals who realize that who you are is so much more than what you do. Accountants, consultants, lawyers and other professionals everywhere are doing some cool things after they leave the office. We discuss how these outside-of-work interests impact their career.
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Jan 19, 2017

Rebecca Kelley grew up taking one big family trip a year — to Mexico every Spring Break. Since then, she has visited a total of 14 countries, even studying abroad in India while she was in college. She’s hiked in Inca trails to Machu Picchu in Peru and hiked the Alps in Switzerland, all while working hard to become a Partner at EKS&H. She feels that these trips allow her to totally disconnect so she returns with a fresh perspective.

In this episode, we talk about how it’s important to find a place that shares similar values as you. If you feel supported by the culture then you’re more likely to share, making work more fun and relationships more meaningful. A lot of us feel the pressure to know everything when we start, especially at a larger firm, so it’s up to management to tell them it’s okay to ask questions and feel a little vulnerable. In the end, Rebecca says, “It’s not about the accounting… it’s about the people.”

Rebecca Kelley is a Partner at EKS&H, where she’s spent her entire accounting career.

She received her BS in Accounting from the University of Denver.

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