By Nicole Fracasso, OSCPA communications intern
Lauren Hagan, CPA, says it's essential for CPAs to have a connection to the work of their organization.
“I think what makes work in our field of being CPAs fulfilling is if there’s a connection to the work of the organizations,” she said.
Hagan was recently named a 40 Under 40 honoree by Columbus Business First, an annual program that recognizes some of the best and brightest minds throughout Columbus.
“It’s pretty humbling and certainly is exciting too. It’s nice to be recognized for something like that,” Hagan said. “There’s a lot of great and talented people so it’s also something that you always look back on and reflect on the fact that there’s a lot of talent that exists amongst us. So, it’s really an honor to be recognized amongst that group of great people.”
Hagan, who is the CFO at the Columbus Metropolitan Library, grew up in Hilliard then moved to the suburbs of Chicago as a junior in high school.
Prior to her current role, Hagan worked as senior associate, vice president and controller at her alma mater, Loyola University in Chicago. She also had experience working in public accounting at KPMG and Anderson Tax before she ultimately decided to return to Columbus in 2018.
“Working for the library has been a career highlight so far,” she said. “I really connect to the mission of the library in serving our customers and the community.”
Hagan also emphasizes how important it is to be willing to take on new challenges.
“One thing I’ve learned along the way is just be open to opportunities,” she said. “Particularly at Loyola I had a lot of different roles, people would ask me to try new things that I didn’t have much experience in. So, they gave me those direct opportunities and I said yes to them.”
All in all, what Hagan likes most about the profession is the many career paths the CPA credential can bring.
“My favorite part is that it gives you the opportunity to have a lot of different experiences,” she said. “I think having that background is a great training opportunity to get you exposure to different industries and different people.”