I am Carrie Schulz, the Chief Financial Officer at employU. I have spent most of my adult life working for nonprofit organizations. I started my nonprofit work with Rollins College as an Information Technology professional. During my work there, I earned my Master’s in Business Administration from the Crummer Graduate School of Business. I specialized in accounting and management and decided to pursue the accounting side of work to earn my CPA.
Through my time at Rollins, I moved departments and into a Director role in the Office of Finance and Accounting. I also began to provide CPA services to a multitude of nonprofit organizations in the Central Florida area. I truly loved learning about the people and the organizations I worked with. It is very motivating to see what people are doing to help the world around us.
When I learned about employU and their mission, it hit home. My niece who lives with me is an individual that is intellectually disabled. She is a few years out of high school now and during her last year of high school, she completed a program called project search. This program helped young people with disabilities learn the basic life skills needed to help them earn a job. I remember the day she came home to tell me that she got a job at Marshall’s. She was thrilled and has managed to continue working at that job now, 3 years later. My niece would not have been able to get the job she has without the assistance of an organization like employU. These organizations help people like my niece, apply for, earn, and keep jobs. She would not have been able to do this without assistance.
So needless to say, when I learned that employU was looking for a CFO I was excited about the opportunity. This organization is allowing me to bring together the variety of skills I have learned and use them to build a core structure for this rapidly growing organization. This organization challenges me daily, which I love as it continues my growth as a professional. employU is a wonderful place to work and I look forward to growing with the organization.