Even though Lindsay Gordon Fitzpatrick (BSAcc 2009, MS 2009) started out at the University of Denver (DU) as a hospitality major, she quickly learned that she could pursue majors in accounting and finance through a hospitality lens. Lindsay picked DU because of how heavily the Daniels programs focused on technology. She carved out a well-rounded college experience that encompassed exactly what she set out to do and accomplish in her time at DU.
“After a hospitality internship, I learned that accounting and finance are at the heart of any successful business operation,” she said. “I was able to incorporate a French minor and a study abroad experience with my accounting degree.”
After graduation, Lindsay started her career in the audit department at Grant Thornton—a seemingly perfect fit given its many hospitality clients. After three years she was ready to take on a greater variety of clients and topics and became a consultant in public accounting. Today, Lindsay works in her LLC to do special accounting projects as an independent contractor, which allows her to have more time for her family.
“Family and work are very important to me,” she said. “I love that accounting offers flexibility to work independently while also focusing on my young family.”
There were three highlights that stood out to Lindsay and her college career:
- When she was a week away from her BEC section of the CPA exam, she learned that her Becker license would expire. She came to SoA teaching professor KED Davisson to help her get through that week and she succeeded!
- The people she met in the Accounting CORE program have become lifelong friends. Lindsay says it’s fun to follow each other’s professions and career progressions.
- Lindsay met her husband, Ian, at DU while he was pursing an MBA. They have been married for five years and have two children.
In an effort to balance work and family, Lindsay is working as an independent contractor. She set up an LLC to do special accounting projects and named the company CLIQ Consulting (using the first letter of each of her family members names).
“My daughter tells me she wants to be a mommy when she grows up,” she said. “And I tell her that she can be a mommy and be an accountant, software engineer, a teacher, etc.”
Lindsay is proof that life can be a beautiful balance of both family and career.
“Once my kids are older, I hope to continue to grow in my professional life,” she said. “Perhaps I can one day have a director, controller or CFO role.”