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Meet Sami Kaur.
What is your role at MorganFranklin Consulting, and what do you do?
I provide technical accounting, risk management, process optimization, and accounting advisory support to our clients.
What inspires you in the work that you do at MorganFranklin?
The opportunity to learn new things and being able to share my knowledge and experiences at the same time are gratifying aspects of my role; working on clients’ complex accounting issues to add value as their trusted advisor inspires me as well.
You previously worked at one of the “Big 4” accounting firms. How would you compare it to your experience during your time here at MorganFranklin?
I believe working in public accounting at a Big 4 firm exposed me to interesting and demanding projects in different industries early on in my career. While working at a Big 4 firm provided me with a solid foundation to grow as a professional, it also played a key role in my decision to transition into the consulting world. I have always enjoyed working with clients and dealing with new obstacles on different projects, and I knew that MorganFranklin would provide me with a platform where I could still have an exciting career supporting client needs across a wide set of domains.
Before working at MorganFranklin, what was the most unusual or interesting job you’ve ever had?
I previously worked on an audit engagement which was extremely challenging due to high management turnover, lack of resources, and not so sophisticated client processes and IT systems. When I started on that project it seemed like an impossible task to meet the audit deadline due to multiple obstacles we were facing. As a lead manager on the account, I was responsible for overall project management and bringing the engagement to the finish line.
To get the job done, I knew we’d have to put in a lot of overtime hours, but it also pushed me to think outside the box and come up with a creative approach to work through some of the challenging situations of the audit. The most rewarding part of the project was that, despite all the issues, we completed the project on time and the client was happy.
You have a background in helping nonprofits with their audits. Through this experience, what similarities and/or differences are there when performing audits for nonprofits versus for-profit organizations?
I have had the opportunity to work with both large and mid-size nonprofit clients during my career. While the audit process is mostly similar for both nonprofit and for-profit organizations, working for nonprofit clients brought a great deal of satisfaction to me. While nonprofits are not all about the “bottom line,” they do have to manage their funds efficiently and diligently to continue to support the mission of the organization. Because of this, they required audited financials to share with their readers and stakeholders. I was personally impressed and felt connected to the mission of most of these organizations; and by working on these accounts through audits and advising on client management, I felt that I was also contributing in my own way.
What has been your favorite MorganFranklin Consulting project, and why?
I was previously engaged on a client project as a subject matter expert providing technical accounting support. Our team identified a significant error in the client’s records relating to a big transaction. This project created a perfect opportunity to assess the clients’ overall processes, identify risks with existing internal control environment and accounting policies, and assist the client with executing a game plan to mitigate those risks. Being able to address this significant accounting issues was very fulfilling and rewarding to me.
What is one area you would like to learn more about (and become active with) at MorganFranklin, and why?
I would like to get more involved with MorganFranklin’s Women’s Initiative Group. My engagement with this group would provide me with the opportunity to exchange ideas and insights (based on my professional background and experiences) with other women leaders in the firm.
What advice would you give to someone hoping to pursue a career at MorganFranklin Consulting?
You should be collaborative, flexible, willing to take on new opportunities, and have ownership of your career.
What is your guilty pleasure?
Chocolate as a midnight snack!
Have you read any good books lately? If so, do tell!
I haven’t read a book in a while. However, I recently downloaded an app called Blinkist, which I enjoy listening to while driving to work every day.
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