Member Spotlight: Denise Petterborg

January 6, 2021

Denise PetterborgDenise Petterborg
Isler Northwest LLC
OSCPA Member since: 2018

How is working from home going for you?

Something I’ve learned about myself this year is how much I love working from home. Removing my commute from the suburbs to downtown has been a huge benefit. As a working single mom with a high schooler, being able to end my work day and immediately be available to pretend I know how to help with precalculus homework or cook dinners has made a world of difference in my life.

In a field where so much of the work we do is on the computer in a paperless environment, I’ve found that I can be just as efficient with the right set up and dedication as working from the office. While I miss my colleagues and the views from my high-rise window office, I am glad I’ve been able to discover just how much I can accomplish from inside the walls of my own home and for the extra time I’ve gotten with my son.

What is the best part of your job? What do you love about your job?

What I love the most about my job is being able to teach, train, and mentor others. I have been lucky enough this year to play a really hands-on role in training incoming staff and onboarding interns. I’ve also been mentoring a staff accountant for the first time in my career, which has been an amazing experience for me so far. Thanks to my mentee for being so gracious with me as I try and navigate this new territory!

How has being an OSCPA member benefitted you?

The word that comes to mind is opportunity. Being an OSCPA member has provided opportunities for me to network and engage in dialogue with others in my field, broadened my views of the profession and given me opportunities to participate in professional learning.

What are you reading/listening to these days?

These days, all of my free time has been dedicated to studying for the CPA exams which means the only thing I’ve been reading is my review course. I look forward to the day I can pick up the book that’s been sitting half read on my night stand, Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson, and finally finish it.

What changes have you made personally or professionally to adapt during the pandemic?

Professionally, I’ve set some really strict boundaries for myself. While 2020 was a year requiring a lot more hours worked than usual, once I log off my computer, I do not log back in until the next work day begins. No matter how much that desk in the corner of the room calls to me, I make sure that time outside of work hours is dedicated to my family, health and studies.

Personally, I think I made a lot of the same changes as other people. I’ve mastered the art of grocery shopping once a week, bought my first bike as an adult to get out and enjoy the fresh air, worked hard at creating spaces in my small home for myself to work and my son to do school remotely, and found ways to stay connected to friends and family virtually.

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