Emerging Leaders

Emerging Leader: Kristin Mikolaitis

When Kristin Mikolaitis first took a tax policy class in college, it “knocked my socks off,” she says. “That was when I first understood that tax is one of the primary tools for shaping economic and social policy in the United States—for showing which activities and people are valued, which… Read more »

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Emerging Leader: Kristen Bauer Proschold

Kristen Bauer Proschold calls herself an “accidental tax practitioner.” Here’s what she means. “I may not have joined the tax profession were it not for a law firm recruiter telling me to ‘keep an open mind,’” she says. “When I was interviewing for summer associate positions, one of the open… Read more »

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Emerging Leader: Doug Rodolph

You could say that Doug Rodolph’s interest in a tax career was a neither a slow burn nor a fast one—more of a medium burn. When he started college, Rodolph knew he wanted to go into accounting. After all, he always enjoyed math and thought it would be a great… Read more »

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Emerging Leader: Sonja Schiller

Some corporate tax professionals seem destined to wind up doing something in tax law. For Sonja Schiller, that certainly seems to have been the case. “I’ve always loved economics, math, and writing,” she explains. “My tax law practice, which is heavily focused on transfer pricing and cross-border tax issues, fortunately… Read more »

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Emerging Leader: Dina Armstrong

Is there a connection among math, puzzles, and tax? For Dina Armstrong, there just might be. “I have always enjoyed math and puzzles, and the fact that I could work with the two together has been a motivating goal for me,” she explains. And when, in her junior year in… Read more »

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Emerging Leader: Susanna Yoo

For Susanna Yoo, tax law isn’t just what’s written in the Internal Revenue Code or the implementing regulations. Tax law can also be dynamic in its application and interpretation. “The same black and white words in the tax law may apply differently, depending on the facts and circumstance of the… Read more »

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Emerging Leader: Cheria Coram

Cheria Coram started out college pursuing a double major in chemistry and biology but quickly became disenchanted with becoming a doctor or lab researcher and switched to business school. After two accounting classes, she found her fit and declared accounting her major. She applied for internships facing the “tax or… Read more »

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Emerging Leader: Tasheaya Warren Ellison

Tasheaya Warren Ellison entered law school to become a white-collar criminal defense attorney. But then fate intervened. Ellison registered for a tax course solely to prepare for the Oregon State Bar. The next thing she knew, she was chasing after a degree in taxation. “I had an incredible tax professor… Read more »

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Emerging Leader: Brian Mustard

Brian Mustard was working in the audit group at KPMG in Montreal and knew that, in the end, he would not spend his career in audit or accounting. His plan: to go to law school after obtaining his designation and completing his articles. But fate intervened. A position in the… Read more »

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Emerging Leader: Mitchell Trager

For Mitchell Trager, senior tax counsel at Georgia-Pacific LLC, involvement in the tax industry really was a way of life. His father, who passed away when Trager was a teenager, was a tax attorney for a major New York law firm. “We used to talk about what he did, what… Read more »

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