Senior Internal Auditor, Corporate Audit Services, Voya Financial
Though surrounded by Notre Dame alumni and alumni of other big-name colleges and universities in the Master of Science in Accountancy program at Notre Dame, Michelle Parad ’05 was not intimidated. “My Bryant education prepared me for that academic challenge in ways that some of my peers were not,” she says. “I hope more Bryant students and alumni will go out of their comfort zones and reach for graduate programs at big-name schools because then they will learn that they, too, are set up for success through their Bryant experience.”
Now a senior internal auditor on the Corporate Audit Services team at Voya Financial, Parad always knew she wanted to be an accountant. “I had wanted to be a tax accountant and open my own firm,” she says, “but courses in tax and auditing along with internships at KPMG and PwC helped me choose auditing, a career I love.”
“I had wanted to be a tax accountant and open my own firm,” she says, “but courses in tax and auditing along with internships at KPMG and PwC helped me choose auditing, a career I love.”
Anyone attending Bryant between 2002 and 2005 might recognize Parad. She worked at Laptop Central (her senior year, she worked alongside her brother, Jonathan Parad ’08), participated in Student Programming Board, Student Alumni Association, and Hillel, among others. She was an Orientation Leader and a Bryant Experience Leader. She worked in the President’s Office and was a member of the winning 2005 xTax competition team.
“I re-watched the DVD of the xTax competition just last summer. Of the five team members, three were sitting on the couch with me, watching and reminiscing,” she says. “We’re all still good friends, which is pretty awesome.” And it’s not just her former teammates with whom she’s stayed in touch. “I made some of my best friends at Bryant. One became a Justice of the Peace and officiated my wedding.”
Parad’s most meaningful mentor relationship was developed in South Bend, Indiana. With another Bryant alum. “Accounting Professor David N. Ricchiute ’70, DBA, was my favorite Notre Dame professor,” she says. “Not that the others weren’t great, but he was engaging and fun to learn from. And to have a connection to home while in Indiana was nice.”
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