Celebrating Moms in Business & Finance

Doria Wiedel

Director of Finance

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What is your background, and how did you get into finance?

I've been a CPA for over 15 years. I got into the profession by accident. I took an accounting course in college and it came naturally to me so I decided to pursue it.

Were you successful initially, or did you experience obstacles in the beginning?

I started out interning while I was in college and that turned out to be such an invaluable experience. It helped to teach me about the field and seamlessly transitioned into my first job in public accounting. In addition, the experience gave me an advantage when sitting for the CPA exam.

Do you have any secrets for balancing being a mom with being a great financial professional?

Exercise! It's so important to take time to take care of yourself. This not only keeps you healthy but helps manage the stress.

What advice would you give to a busy mom who is interested in learning how to dive into finance?

Talk to people in the area you are interested in pursuing. Shadow someone who is working in a position you are interested in to make sure it meets your expectations.

What keeps you going and motivated?

I enjoy what I do and I love the flexibility that comes with my job.

Can you share a little about your family with us?

I am a single mom raising my amazing 9-year old adopted daughter who keeps me VERY busy!

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