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Marilou Davido

Marilou Davido

Senior Associate - Federal Tax Consulting Solutions
Clifton Gunderson
Milwaukee, WI

 

Ten years ago, if you asked Marilou Davido what she wanted to be when she grew up, “accountant” would not have been the answer.

Marilou went to college for interior design and studied it for four years. But by the time she made it to her fifth and final year, she decided interior design wasn’t for her—and switched to accounting.

“I enjoyed designing and building furniture, and thought I would eventually start a business doing that,” she says. “If I was going to be a business owner, I figured I should understand business and financial statements.”

Marilou ended up understanding business so well that she forgot about owning a furniture business, pursued her CPA license and now works as a tax consultant for other people’s companies. Working for one of the nation’s largest certified public accounting and consulting firms, she advises small, family-owned businesses and large, international ones on the best ways to manage their taxes.

The job is always different, Marilou says. She’ll go from working in the office, to working at a client site, to working from home—which is helpful, since she has a baby boy.

“I love that my company is technologically savvy so I can work in various locations and have a flexible schedule,” she says. “And I love that I learn something new every day.”

Marilou may have not imagined herself as a CPA, but tells students there’s nothing wrong with changing your mind.

“Back then, I wish I knew, really believed, that it is incredibly normal to be doing something very different after college than what you majored in.”

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I love that I learn something new every day.

Stats at a Glance

Years as a CPA: 6

Best job: Current job

Worst job: McDonald's (never got the hang of the cash register)

Hobbies outside of work: Stage acting, gardening, poker, puzzles

Pets: A cat named Boo

Words to live by: "Don't trick yourself into NOT doing something that you know you should do."