Women of Holtzman: Spotlight on Hannah Franklin

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Our Holtzman women contribute mightily to our firm’s success throughout the year. Women’s History Month is an opportunity for us to showcase the contributions of some of our women leaders. Please join us as we share their experiences as female professionals in the accounting industry this month.

Today’s spotlight is on Hannah Franklin, a Manager in our Audit & Assurance practice.

How long have you been at Holtzman? How did your journey begin?

I came to Austin in 2011 after completing my BA in Chemistry at Seattle University to join the traditional MPA program at UT Austin. After graduation, I worked in audit at a national firm for 3 years, and then joined Holtzman in August 2016 as an experienced Senior Associate. Now, I’m back in the Pacific Northwest as a Manager in Holtzman’s Audit & Assurance practice. My favorite parts of the job are working on interesting technical accounting problems and the wonderful relationships that I’ve built, both within the firm and with our clients.

You recently joined Holtzman’s Diversity & Inclusion Initiative. What do diversity and inclusion mean to you? Why does it matter?

To me, diversity and inclusion mean seeking out and welcoming participation from those that have a different background than whatever the “norm” is in a particular context. Cultivating a diverse team means you’ve created more opportunities to learn from each other, professionally and personally.

Why did you choose to join the Election subcommittee, what are you hoping the group can accomplish?

We have a right and responsibility as citizens to make our voices heard by engaging in the electoral process, but I also know from personal experience that it can be extremely difficult to know exactly what steps you need to take to make that possible, especially as a first-time voter or busy professional. My hope is that the Election Subcommittee helps to make our people feel more excited about voting by providing timely and practical information.

What do you think is the biggest challenge women face in our industry?

Research shows that while equal numbers of women and men enter public accounting as associates, the number of women leading firms as partners and directors still lags behind. I think finding supportive mentor/mentee relationships to help navigate your career and discern what your long-term goals are and how to keep progressing towards them makes a huge difference, but these relationships can sometimes be difficult to find and nurture.

In your opinion, how does Holtzman empower female leadership?

Holtzman has cultivated a culture where women feel comfortable bringing their whole selves to work and can feel confident that they will be met with respect and camaraderie. The diversity of professional trajectories at the firm means that each woman can feel free to define a unique pathway to leadership for herself.

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