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"Use the 15-minute rule. When you get stuck on something, try figuring it out yourself first,
but if you're still stuck after 15 minutes, either move on to the next task or ask for help."
Whittlesey & Hadley Senior Audit As-
sociate Kate Donovan's nomination
form mentioned that her picture is in
virtually every edition of Connecticut
CPA magazine. A quick look back con-
firmedthatshehas,infact,appeared
in each 2015 issue, a testament to her
involvement and enthusiasm in CTCPA
programs and events.
As secretary of the CTCPA New and
Young (NYP) Professionals Cabinet,
Donovan is a champion for NYP events,
engaging her colleagues to get in-
volved in everything from charity walks
and drives to happy hours and sporting
events, even serving as captain of the
firm'sNYPcharitykickballtournament
team. In 2015, she became a member
of the CTCPA's 30-member Advisory
Council, helping provide feedback and
guidance to the Board of Directors.
Donovan's community involvement
doesn't end with the CTCPA. Her vol-
unteer resume includes extensive work
with Hartford Young Professionals and
Entrepreneurs (HYPE) as a member of
its Community Involvement Commit-
tee,servingasherfirm'sHYPE
team community service chair
and team co-captain, and help-
ing plan programs including
the annual Tee It Up for Charity
event, Tons of Toys drive, and
more. She also serves on the
audit committee of Connecticut
Humanities.
Intheoffice,Donovanspecializ-
esinnonprofit,pension,andreal
estate clients, and has quickly
earned a reputation for high-
quality work and using technol-
ogytoincreaseefficiency.
"Katehastakeninitiativefromdayone
at Whittlesey & Hadley, seeking out
opportunities for additional respon-
sibilities," said Whittlesey & Hadley
Manager Tom Wood.
Donovanisasignificantcontributorto
the firm's new hire on-boarding pro-
cess and presents technical issues at
department meetings across all of the
firm'soffices.
Donovan has accounting in her blood;
her parents Cynthia and Sean are
both CTCPA members. In fact, she
spoke about her journey into the family
professionattheNewCPACertificate
Ceremony last January.
Donovan also shows off her creative
streak as a part-time photographer,
capturing families, weddings, engage-
ments, and newborns with her Canon
T5i camera.
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The aspect of my work that I find the most challenging is:
time/job management.
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The aspect of my work that I find the most fun is:
recognizing
patternstofindsolutions.
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If I weren't a CPA, I would be:
a photographer.
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My first job was:
an apparel associate at Dick's Sporting Goods.
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My advice to people starting out in the accounting profession is:
usethe15-minuterule.Whenyougetstuckonsomething,tryfiguring
itoutyourselffirst,butifyou'restillstuckafter15minutes,eithermove
on to the next task or ask for help.
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Something people would be surprised to know about me is:
I still play soccer year-round in different adult coed leagues.
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The app or website I can't live without is:
Facebook/Pinterest.
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My favorite quote is:
"Asmoothseanevermadeaskillfulsailor."
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The word that best describes me is:
driven.
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The most interesting/adventurous thing I've ever done was:
jumping off the Jaws bridge on Martha's Vineyard last summer.
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At Karaoke Night I'd sing:
Britney Spears or Miranda Lambert.
Donovan recently took up running 5ks, including last
year's Rugged Maniac Obstacle Race, pictured above.
Kate Donovan
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Katherine Donovan, CPA
Senior Audit Associate
Whittlesey & Hadley, P.C., Hartford