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Friday, April 26, 2013

Joe Adams Speaks At Northern Illinois University

By Sara Webber Laczo
Corporate Communications Senior Director
Schaumburg, IL

Success in Accounting – Today, Tomorrow, and Beyond. That was the topic of a speech McGladrey Managing Partner and CEO Joe Adams delivered to more than 120 students and staff at Northern Illinois University (NIU) on April 17th, 2013. His advice? Understand the business environment in which your firm and clients operate, never stop learning, don’t be afraid of change, seek global opportunities and be a leader. 

“The skill sets sought by the accounting industry are changing,” Joe advised. “With expanding expectations of the accountant’s role, characteristics such as an entrepreneurial spirit, curiosity, creativity and the ability to think strategically will become increasingly important for tomorrow’s accountants.”
Joe Adams presenting at NIU
NIU is an important school to McGladrey. Joining Joe on campus were several McGladrey’s NIU interns, members of our recruiting team and alumni who work at McGladrey. This includes partners Guy Gross and Rob Stoettner who have provided stewardship to the profession and NIU for the last six years by creating and teaching real-world case studies in the classroom.

Joe closed with some wise words from Dr. Seuss – “You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose.” Great words to live by at any stage in your career.
Joe with NIU students, including McGladrey interns

Many universities provide ways to get a great start to your accounting career. Participate in events like this one, sign up for student organizations, go to meet the firm events, interview on campus and seek internships that will give you great experience.

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