I come from very humble beginnings. I was born in Vietnam; in 1978, my mother, brother, and I were among the “boat people” who escaped to Malaysia. We spent a year in a refugee camp surviving on United Nation donations and rations. In 1979, we were lucky enough to immigrate to the US.
I supported myself through college, where I earned a 4.0 GPA. I started my public accounting career with Arthur Andersen (yes, the Enron-related company) performing financial statement audits. I enjoyed my work so much that my goal was to become a partner at the firm. In 2000, I transferred to the Silicon Valley office because of the exciting dot-com boom. I took two software companies public and helped a telecommunications company raise money through a secondary offering. I worked at Andersen up until the very end, when the Enron scandal hit and brought down the firm. I was eight months pregnant with my daughter when Andersen imploded in May 2002 and sold off the Silicon Valley audit practice.
Despite my passion for public accounting, I lost faith in the system after Enron and Andersen’s demise. For a time, I worked for a consulting company doing internal audits. In 2003, my husband encouraged me to start my own accounting and internal audit consulting company. Five months pregnant with my son, I took the entrepreneurial plunge.