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Kristen Rampe, CPA

Kristen got into accounting the way many people did: She liked math. She joined the Big 4 out of college and held on for three enlightening years in audit. After finding the long-hours-lifestyle to be more than she was after, Kristen quit public accounting for the first time and ended up in industry at one of her clients.

18 months later, she jumped back into public at a regional firm in San Francisco. This time she eased out of audit to help form a SOX compliance team from the ground up, and led a variety of intriguing and unique consulting projects.

Fast-forward seven years, she realized her strongest technical talents were those in the areas that were not considered "technical" as a public accountant; you know the ones: communication, client service, building great teams, etc. Kristen decided to use her strengths to bring these essential skills back to the industry she's known from the inside.

Her work now enables deeper client relationships, stronger team collaboration, and increased efficiency; all leading to higher profitability for CPA and professional services firms.  She loves what she does and welcomes the opportunity to work with people who value relationships and communication as a component of success.

Listen to an interview about Kristen's background and hobbies with comedian and recovering CPA, John Garrett, of the Green Apple Podcast.

 

Values

Fun
Learning
Connection
Compassion
Efficiency

Strengths

Adaptability
Communication
Learner
Activation
Empathy

Other Loves

Food
Art and design
Laughter

Lived

San Francisco
London
Hobart, Tasmania
Indianapolis

On Paper

Butler University
PricewaterhouseCoopers
Frank, Rimerman
Endgames Improv

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Awards
20 Under 40 | CPA Practice Advisor 
40 Under 40 | CPA Practice Advisor
Woman to Watch | AICPA and CalCPA
Honorable mention in AccountingToday's Top 100 Most Influential People in Accounting

Traveled

Mumbai, Kerala, Goa, Beijing, Tokyo, Sydney,  Barranquilla, Paris, Strasbourg, Pont-Aven, Barcelona, Venice, Rome, Zadar, Luven, Stuttgart, Cardiff...

Community

Junior Achievement volunteer
MICPA Woman-to-Watch awards review committee and Women's Initiatives task force
National Forest Foundation carbon offset donations
Stepping Stones Montessori School parent-volunteer

Family

Chief Husband Officer

Identical twin-sons, currently nine years old and probably climbing something you read this.

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Kristen taught me that in order to succeed I needed to look outside the box and realize that a career is about more than having a Bachelor’s of Science in Accounting and a CPA license. A career involves critical thinking, character and professionalism.
— Alita Eaton, Manager, Salesforce