Member Spotlight: Madelyn Parsons

January 12, 2021

Madelyn ParsonsMadelyn Parsons
Instructor of Business Administration, Portland State University
OSCPA Member since: 2019


How is working from home working for you?


Working from home has presented a unique set of challenges, some good and some that are not so good. On one hand, it has been excellent for myself and my students to have an increased amount of flexibility. However, the biggest challenge has been finding ways to maintain connection with my students and university partners. I would say that it was a big adjustment at first, but I am settling in fairly well to the "new normal."

What’s the best part of your job/what do you love about your job?

Working with my students to help them secure the job of their dreams! It is incredibly fulfilling to watch our students develop into outstanding young professionals and I feel honored to be able to have a hand in that process.

How has the CPA credential defined your career so far?

It has continued to open doors for me in my professional career, whether it was client engagements while I was working in public accounting or being able to be a part of such a strong professional network, like the OSCPA, once I transitioned into higher ed.

How has being an OSCPA member benefitted you?

The OSCPA has been a huge source of connection for me within the professional accounting community here in Portland. I have also been able to take advantage of a variety of CPE events that are offered by the OSCPA, which have been incredibly educational. That said, my favorite benefit has been being able to serve on the Young Professionals Committee and work with an incredible group of peers to provide outstanding programming for students and young professionals in the accounting profession.

What are you reading/listening to these days?

At the moment, I'm in between books but have cycled between a lot of memoirs since the beginning of COVID. As far as listening goes, I am a big podcast fan! This American Life is my favorite.

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

I've had to build in a lot of intentional time to get outside and move around so that even when I am not working, I'm not just sitting around the house.

View all News