Brooke Stout, CPA
Assistant Professor of Accounting
Eastern Oregon University
Certified Professional Accountants, LLC, part-time
OSCPA Member since: 2013
How has the CPA credential defined your career so far?
From the moment I decided on accounting as my major as a college freshman, the CPA credential was always a goal of mine. Earning the CPA credential has opened so many doors for me from allowing me to teach at Eastern Oregon University to working with the financial aspects of not-for-profit entities and the construction industry through my part-time job in public accounting.
Who inspired you along the way?
My family. I have such an amazing support system and they have continued to inspire me to better myself every day. Outside of my family, one of my professors from graduate school, Mark Cowan, unknowingly inspired me to teach. I've actually never told him he was one of the reasons I developed an interest in teaching. He has a way of making tax seem exciting and I knew, if given the opportunity, I could only hope to do the same thing for my students. My focus was not even tax and I still took all of the graduate tax classes he offered!
What’s the best part of your job/what do you love about your job?
I absolutely love working with my students and my clients. I work in two different roles. I work full-time for Eastern Oregon University as an assistant professor of accounting and part-time in public accounting for Connected Professional Accountants, LLC. The best part of my job is seeing my students succeed outside of the classroom. I love to see them landing jobs and internships, working with not-for-profit entities, and, of course, pursuing the CPA credential.
How has being an OSCPA member benefitted you?
As a student, the access to scholarships and career fairs was invaluable. As a professional member, continuing education and networking have provided some really wonderful opportunities, including the opportunity I recently was given to serve on the Not-for-Profit Strategic Committee.
What advice would you give a new CPA?
The days as a "newbie" are hard. Don't spend your time in a job you don't enjoy. If you find public accounting is not for you, start looking at jobs in industry or in the governmental/not-for-profit sector. There will always be a position open for a CPA so find the one that fills your cup.
What are you reading/listening to these days?
I'm currently reading 1776 by David McCullough and, on my drive to and from work, I'm listening to the audiobook version of The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson. I really enjoy both historical fiction and nonfiction.
What do you look forward to post-pandemic?
I am looking forward to gathering with my family and friends, traveling (especially to the Oregon Coast), and seeing out-of-town friends. I'm also very excited to welcome more students back on campus.