Kara Kempin, a Partner in BDO's Edmonton office, began working at BDO in 2017 as a Senior Manager.
After deciding to change course in her career, stepping into an industry role, Kara returned to BDO in 2023 as a Partner. Kara, embraces a growth mindset by asking the right questions, leveraging available opportunities, and cultivating a passion for learning. These are the building blocks to the strong foundation she has developed during her time at BDO.
"Embracing a growth mindset has greatly benefited my career,” said Kara.
"When I transitioned to a new role, in a completely different industry, I realized the expertise that I gained from working in public practice at BDO was invaluable. I had the confidence I needed to figure things out, develop strategies, and execute tasks I hadn't done before. It was great to have the ability to venture into something different, knowing that I had a strong foundation to rely on," she added.
Having accumulated over 20 years of accounting experience, Kara still relies on that core of transferable skills and best practices that she developed as a young accountant.
"Understanding the power of asking 'why' has always been a game changer for me," Kara shared.
Her curiosity in all aspects of the technical work that she does has now transferred over to her interactions with clients. "It's not just about accounting, it's about understanding the business as a whole," she added.