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Helen Lopez

Helen Lopez


São Paulo, Brazil

"Take your career in your hands and make sure that you're willing to take on more challenging assignments."

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Helen's work combines: Entrepreneurship, Writing, and Helping People

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Day In The Life

Partner/Quality Implementation Leader, LatAm South

I work with our Region’s Assurance Leader in driving and sustaining audit quality.

Skills & Education

Here's the path I took:

  • High School

    La Inmaculada High School (Ecuador), Walt Whitman High School (Long Island)

  • Bachelor's Degree

    Nassau Community College

  • Certification



  • Bachelor's Degree


    Hofstra University

Here's the path I recommend for someone who wants to be an Accountants and Auditors:

Bachelor's Degree: transfer

Certification: CPA

Bachelor's Degree: Accounting

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Life & Career Milestones

My path in life took a while to figure out

  • 1.

    I did an internship at EY the summer of my senior year in high school. It made me realize I wanted to do accounting and auditing. And it gave me exposure to a firm where I felt at home.

  • 2.

    I moved from the Audit group to Audit Methodology, which took me away from client-facing work and focused me on auditing standards. It was pivotal in that I realized I liked to help teams.

  • 3.

    My move to South America was tough – a new culture and language, and a role that didn't exist before. Three years later, it’s been the most amazing experience professionally and personally.

Defining Moments

How I responded to discouragement


    Messages from Society in general:

    Accounting is a male-dominated industry especially in Latin America. I have years of professional experience and do well in my role. Yet, I’ve heard indirect critical comments, which is something that women may experience in this part of the world.

  • How I responded:

    I seek to prove myself. I don't let the opinions of others bother me, but instead work harder and demonstrate that my gender doesn't make a difference.

Experiences and challenges that shaped me

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  • My parents gave us everything they could, but they never went to college, so they didn’t know how to go about applying and other aspects higher education. I found mentors to help me out. Also, I worked all through college to pay for my education.