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Dear Accountant

Nov 21, 2021

As you know, I am an accountant by training and spent my career in capital markets and investment funds for the past 2 decades. As an Asian female, my career journey has definitely been a roller coaster journey to say the least. I am sure you have heard it all, or maybe even experienced it yourself - being treated like an outsider. Feeling like you have to prove yourself all the time. Struggling to make your voice heard. Whether it’s overt discrimination or more subtle forms of bias, male-dominated industries like engineering and banking can pose huge challenges for women. But I gotta say, despite all the obstacles, I also got a lot of guidance and support from women and men, and eventually found my place.

I am so honored to have Florence Hudson to be on the show this week to talk about the topic on STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Accounting and Math) ahead with resilience! I love her energy, and her backstory is fascinating - I am impressed and seriously do not know how she does it all! She’s a proven success that no matter what life throws at her, she continues to keep moving forward and rise above challenges.


Florence is the Founder & CEO of FDHint, LLC, a consulting firm focused on advanced technologies, diversity and inclusion. She’s an aerospace and mechanical engineer by training, was a Former Chief Technology Officer at IBM, a Chief Innovation Officer, and an aerospace engineer at Grumman and NASA.  She is Executive Director for the NSF funded Northeast Big Data Innovation Hub at Columbia University, and formerly Special Advisor for TrustedCI – the NSF Cybersecurity Center of Excellence at Indiana University.  She serves on Boards at her alma mater Princeton, as well as Cal Poly, and Stony Brook Universities, Blockchain in Healthcare, and the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Standards Committee (EMB-SC).

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CPA Cecilia "Cece" Leung is a finance executive and CFO advisor to growing businesses who are ready to scale up financially and get ready for next-level opportunities. Cece is the founding partner of The Entrepreneur CFO, a global professional advisory firm helping growing companies with strategic decision making as they become financially and operationally ready for their next big thing. With fluency in Mandarin, Cantonese and English, paired with two decades of international financial services experience in New York, London, Switzerland, Hong Kong and China, Cece has worked with prominent firms including JP Morgan, PricewaterhouseCoopers, and Ernst & Young, offering the best in-class solutions to Fortune 500 and growing companies worldwide. Cece is the author of the book Dear Accountant: Stories, Advice and Explorations, which offers up-and-coming professionals valuable insights and perspectives about the many career paths and opportunities under the accounting and finance umbrella.


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