Students often decide to pursue an accounting major because they want to learn the language of business or develop in-demand skills. For junior accounting major Gabby Williams, accounting provided an opportunity to combine her passion for leadership with her problem-solving skills.
“Studying accounting is vital because it is something all businesses – and people for that matter – need to operate. There are so many directions you can go in accounting, too,” she said.
The Lyndhurst, Ohio, native plans to pursue a career in forensic accounting, which uses accounting skills to investigate fraud or embezzlement and to analyze financial information for use in legal proceedings. Williams completed three summer internships at Stout Risius Ross in Cleveland where she determined the relevancy of client discovery documents and researched data pertaining to forensic accounting cases.
“Forensic accounting is kind of like a puzzle, which is very intriguing. I love solving puzzles and being able to utilize the logic and critical thinking required to solve them,” she said.
Williams sees great leadership potential in this ever-expanding field.
“There are definitely higher ethical and moral standards that accountants are held to. With those standards, there is a need for leaders to ensure they are met,” she said.
When she graduates, she will have harnessed a lot of leadership experience to help meet this challenge. At Nebraska, she served as treasurer of UNL Hillel, a Jewish student organization, and financial vice president and president of Alpha Delta Pi sorority. Williams was recently elected as president of the UNL Panhellenic Council, the governing council over the 15 sorority chapters at the university. She also enjoys cultivating leadership in others and volunteers for Launch Leadership, a program that develops the leadership skills of middle and high school students.
She believes a major part of the Nebraska advantage is the people. Williams chose Nebraska because of the CBA Honors Academy and how the college felt like a community.
“I could tell my peers and the staff here put in so much effort to get to know everyone individually and help you succeed. The faculty and staff work their hardest to ensure every student is fully prepared to enter the workforce by the time they graduate.”