Valerie Wollek, cpa*
An East Coaster born and raised in New Jersey (yes, please ask me about the Jersey Shore), I stayed loyal to my home state and earned both my Master of Accountancy and B.S. in Accounting at Rutgers University. There, I created a strong network on the executive board of Beta Alpha Psi and spent some extra time volunteering as an accounting tutor for Rutgers students and as a mentor for elementary school children.
Once I completed my CPA, I migrated toNew York City to join PwC’s forensic advisory team. My time at PwC allowed me to enhance my financial analysis skills and truly learn what it means to work as a team and understand those around you. When I wasn’t investigating Ponzi Schemes and AML security with PwC, I spent my time exploring all the Big Apple had to offer: art, museums, hidden parks, basement dive bars, and top-notch pizza. I still made sure to travel out to plenty of countries, the top of my list being Ireland, Thailand, and Israel.
PwC eventually blessed me with the gift of being able to travel to Austin for an audit client, and within a week, I knew it would be the next place I moved. Within 6 months, I had a lease on an apartment, a new kitten to live with down here, and an amazing new tight-knit team of hardworking Embarkers who challenge each other every day. My time at Embark has taught me what it means to work hard and make a difference while embracing all that life has to offer at the same time, and our Austin market’s growth has been an amazing adventure to be a part of. When I’m not building relationships and solving accounting problems with our team, you can find me exploring my new city as a tourist, hiking or swimming at any Greenbelt creek (when they’re not dried up), or trying to get my hyperactive kitten, commonly known as Archie the Destroyer, to stop jumping on the counters.