She loves sports, she enjoys travel and her career as an accountant has taken off.
Karen Vergara, a twenty something audit senior assistant with Deloitte in Orlando, credits part of her career success --FICPA Magazine selected her as one of their "26 Under 36" List- to the Association of Latino Professionals for America (ALPFA).
As Vergara tells it, she grew up in the Orlando area dreaming of one day working for Deloitte. But as she puts it, she didn't know how to get there.
"Because of ALPFA, all of a sudden I got placed in front of the recruiters. There were things that happened to me that I could have never dreamed of. They were all just because of ALPFA," she says. "I still remember the day I visited a Deloitte office for the first time--it was June 2007 and I was attending a high school summer program by the Florida Institute of CPAs. I was only a junior in high school, but it was on that day that I decided two things: I would become a CPA and I would work at Deloitte. I did not know how I would get there, but little did I know it was only a matter of time."
Vergara, who is originally from Colombia, was a sophomore in College when she became president of the University of Central Florida's ALPFA chapter. She applied for and received the Deloitte Latina of the Year Scholarship at the 2010 National Convention in Orlando.
Then Chief Diversity Officer, John Zamora, interviewed Vergara during the convention. The firm later offered her an internship in which she spent a month in...