Rebecca Pomering, chief executive of Moss Adams Wealth Advisors, has been helped along the way and she wants to pass the torch to others.
She began her Moss Adams career in the management consulting division in 1997, at age 22, and joined the wealth advisers division 11 years later.
Starting with research and analysis helped her understand the structure of this profession, Ms. Pomering said.
At the beginning of her career, Ms. Pomering worked with someone who had a lot of confidence in her ability to deliver.
"That's part of the reason I feel obligated and empowered to help others," she said.
"You don't have to be Mother Teresa," she added. "It's not completely altruistic. My success reflected on my mentor. Developing other people is good for business."
"One of my big goals is to have an impact on the development of women in my firm, my profession and my community," she said.
Efforts to help women at Moss Adams include the Forum W program, which focuses on recruiting and retaining more women and developing them into leaders. The firm also has a leadership conference and provides education and mentoring. Every partner sponsors a high-potential female employee in a deliberate culture change to a more diverse talent base.
To help women in the profession, Ms. Pomering aims to be a role model by serving on adviser boards and speaking at conferences.
To help women in her community, Ms. Pomering is involved in promoting STEM [for science, technology, engineering and mathematics] education for girls. "Are we encouraging women to teach math — and men to do math? It's a structural issue," Ms. Pomering said. "We can attract women to more technical professions if we are deliberate about it."
— Deborah Nason