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CPA SPOTLIGHT WITH DANIELLE LAWLOR, CPA, CMA
March 8 was International Women’s Day, a global day recognizing the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating women’s equality. This year’s theme is “An equal world is an enabled world.” We value and support the advancement of women in the profession. We want to acknowledge women like Danielle Lawlor, who are positively impacting the profession.
When Danielle isn’t busy managing defence budgets, she mentors aspiring CPAs in their required Practical Experience. We caught up with Danielle to learn about what inspires her, and what she considers her greatest achievement.
What do you like most about your career? The people! It’s amazing what can be accomplished with a diverse group of folks who all have different ways of thinking. Innovative ideas and solutions start popping up, and achieving success together makes my career so rewarding.
What trait do you most admire in others? Kindness. It goes a long way.
What is your greatest extravagance? My Audi. I have a Q5 and I love it! I’m somewhat frugal with money and had been driving around in a 2006 2 door Chevrolet Cobalt for 13 years. I saved for my new vehicle and splurged on the one I wanted – and I love it!
What is your current state of mind? Thankful and grateful. I’m currently taking a pause from work as I’m at home on maternity leave with my 4-month old baby girl, Ava. I feel so grateful and thankful to have this wonderful life, and to be able to be at home with her in her first year.
If you had one piece of advice for 18-year-old you, what would it be? Things will fall into place. Work hard for what interests you, and there you will find your path.
What do you consider your greatest achievement? Ava! Honestly, hats off to all the moms out there. I never realized how tough and rewarding having a child could be. Women are warriors!
If you were to die and come back as a person or a thing, what would it be? I’d come back as me and would do it all over again.
Who are your favorite writers? Christie Blatchford is one of many.... she was never afraid to write the truth. I’d recommend her book Fifteen Days from her experience with the Canadian Armed Forces front line troops in Afghanistan.
If you could have a superpower, what would it be? To fix all the world’s problems, starting with ending poverty.
Who are your heroes in real life? My 97-year-old grandmother (want to talk about a warrior!). This woman has 5 children, 14 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. She has lived through almost 10 decades and so much has changed over that time. She has adapted to each change, and even today, she makes sure to FaceTime with us - no matter where we are in the world.
What is your motto? Never think you’re any better than anyone else, but never think you’re any less either (wise words from my grandmother that I carry with me through my career).