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Member Spotlight- Kay Vanderbilt

Meet NAPW members in Member Spotlight, a monthly column where members highlight their careers and businesses. This month, we feature four accomplished women, so be sure to check out each of their profiles. VIP, Elite and Preferred Members: to be featured in Member Spotlight, contact us at featuredwomen@napw.com.

NAPW: How is the economy affecting your industry?

Vanderbilt: The economy doesn’t affect my industry at all.

NAPW:Complete the following sentence: If I had all the money in the world, I would …

Vanderbilt: I would make sure there are no longer homeless people or hungry children.

NAPW: Name an example of when you were able to contribute to a team project.

Vanderbilt: In my working career as the accountant of a company, I was part of the management teams that ran the companies. In my private life, I was on the board of a nonprofit that provides housing for the elderly and disabled. The board is a team that runs the nonprofit. I’ve been on this team for 12 years.

NAPW:What does your company do to contribute to its employees’ professional development?

Vanderbilt: My company is a one-woman show. I have had an accounting and tax prep business for many years while also working full-time jobs until I retired in 2014 from the University of Wisconsin. Plus, my new e-commerce website is also run from my home with no employees.

NAPW: What are some job search tips you can share with fellow members seeking employment?

Vanderbilt: It has been at least 25 years since I’ve looked for a job and I think things are a lot different now compared to back then. The only tip I would have is to make sure your Facebook account is clean of anything an employer would frown on.

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Megan Bozzuto