This week's Meet the Roger CPA Review Team Q&A Series is with Lindsey Boehme, Project Manager. Learn more about how she enjoys bringing order to chaos, why she thinks everyone should work in the food industry, and how hard work is necessary for success.
And now, without further ado, here's...
A Q&A with Lindsey Boehme, Project Manager at Roger CPA Review
What do you do at Roger CPA Review?
Primarily, I coordinate internal administrative matters; provide support to company accounts, international partners, and campus relationships; and oversee a number of companywide projects from making travel arrangements to assisting with the preparation of our course textbooks for print (to name a few). I am a bit of a utility player.
What’s your favorite thing about working at Roger CPA Review?
I have been with Roger CPA Review through a period of great change and growth, and seen it really take shape over the years. I think that as much as the company has evolved, at the heart of our culture has always been the drive to create a superior student experience. Ours is not your run-of-the-mill e-commerce website, where you go there to purchase a product and then walk away. Our customers are our students for a long period of time (6-24+ months in many cases), and that means we are, all of us, aimed at finding ways to delight our students as they use our course, and make the process of preparing for the CPA Exam not only as painless as possible, but fully supported along the way. I take pride in being part of this extremely enthusiastic, talented team of people (if I do say so myself!) who come to work every day with common goals in mind, not the least of which is creating and maintaining a great product and user experience.
How does your current position influence what you’re passionate about?
I get to make sense out of things, resolve inefficiencies, make things more pleasing to look at and easier to use, and bring order to chaos. Those close to me will recognize a touch of “control freak” here, but I like to think of myself as someone who just needs to see things clearly to untangle my brain, including processes, and who gets a great deal of satisfaction from creating that clarity. In addition, it means a lot to me to have the opportunity to help facilitate the advancement of people’s education and self-improvement through learning and overcoming life’s professional and intellectual challenges. I think that’s pretty special.
Who has had the greatest impact on your life, and how?
Sorry…can’t just give it to one person here. First, my parents: because they gave me all the opportunities in the world, valued a strong education for me because it didn’t come easily to them, and made sure I worked hard so that I would appreciate it all. Secondly, my husband: because he taught me how to love with my whole heart, and to do most of my crying from laughter. And most recently and completely: my 1-year-old son, Jones. His is a world I never want to leave.
If you could go back in time and do one thing over, what would it be and why?
We take so many different roads and make so many different turns in life that shape who we are as people and fill our life with purpose and joy, so it’s hard to indulge regrets. If I had to pick one, it would be to park somewhere else when I first went to interview for my first job at Roger CPA Review. They were repairing something along the street in San Francisco, and the curb outside the office was technically a tow-zone that morning. Since I was running late to my interview I parked there thinking they wouldn’t reach me before my interview was over. No. Such. Luck. I had to hitch a ride with one of the tow truck drivers to go get my car out of impound. It was really expensive (and I was really poor)…good thing I got the job!
If you could offer one piece of career (or life) advice to recent college graduates, what would it be?
Do not expect to walk into the best job at the coolest company without having to pay some dues. There is so much to learn along the way so enjoy the lean years and suck up the fact that you are not (YET) the most qualified person for everything; and, even if you live in an awesome, progressive, exciting city like San Francisco, opportunities are often earned and NO ONE OWES YOU ANYTHING! P.S. Everyone should work in food service at some point in their life. It will make you a better, more patient, person…and a much better tipper!
What is your favorite quote or mantra?
Take care so you can take pride. This has been a mantra of mine through several stages in my professional (and personal) life. It reminds me that the joy and satisfaction you get from an experience or from completing a project is directly proportionate to the effort and consideration you put into it. This doesn’t mean you need to throw speed or efficiency out the window, but rather, that we can always put our own little stamp on anything we contribute to creating, and that is work of which one should be proud.
How do you plan to enjoy the fall?
I’m pretty sure that at the heart of anything I could say here would be…PUMPKIN SPICE.
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