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Scholarship winner feels empowered after women's conference

Written on May 1, 2020

By Jessica Salerno, OSCPA senior content manager

Sara Durica wasn’t sure what to expect from OSCPA’s Women, Wealth & Wellness Conference in June. By the end of the day she left with inspiration from business leaders and a feeling of generous support from the profession.

“It was just an incredible experience and really empowering,” she said.

Durica, a junior at Kent State University, was invited by The Ohio CPA Foundation to attend the conference along with several other impressive accounting graduate and undergraduate students. Midway through the day she was recognized on stage and surprised with a $500 scholarship from Cohen & Company.

“I didn't expect it at all,” she said. “And it was really, really nice that they contributed to the students and included us in the day that way.”

When Durica first started college, she thought she wanted to go into architecture but changed her mind after learning more about what was required. When she took accounting as an elective, she had found her new passion.

“I took one class and it was perfect,” she said.

She enjoys working with numbers and the “black and white” approach to answers in accounting. After graduation she plans to work for a public accounting firm and go on to earn her master’s degree and her CPA.

Listening to the speakers at the conference inspired her to do more with her career, she said, and she especially enjoyed Tonya Tiggett and Lori Kaiser’s presentations, both of which highlighted the importance of self-promotion and advocating for yourself.

The combination of winning the scholarship and the speakers made for an “amazing” day she said, adding she is looking forward to what the future holds.

“Winning this scholarship means I know there is someone supporting my goals,” she said. “Knowing someone is encouraging me to become the best version of myself really means a lot.”

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