Alena Kangas

Arlington, Virginia, United States

Alena Kangas

Arlington, Virginia, United States

"Be gentle, kind, and beautiful, yet firm and strong, both mentally and physically." - Sensei Keiko Fukuda

A Personal Note:

As a former military brat who was born abroad and lived in multicultural environments, I have immense appreciation for harmony, humanism, and diversity. My interest to seek win-win solutions is rooted in my hope for a better world in which people thrive.

Humility and servitude have led to my passion for people’s happiness and welfare. I am inclined to help when I know that there are possibilities and resources to improve lives. Burdened by the cognizance of desperation for basic utility and human rights around the world, I am on a mission to connect the needy with the giving.

My Professional Experiences:

I graduated from Towson University in May 2012 with a bachelor’s degree in Accounting. Intrigued by my corporate accounting internship at Under Armour’s headquarters, I deviated from the typical academic and professional tracks of public accounting.

In June 2012, I started my career in Client Financial Management (CFM) with Accenture in Arlington, Virginia. My responsibilities included ensuring financial compliance and profitability of multiple projects for a U.S. federal intelligence agency; preserving and transitioning historical and current financial data for ERP software conversion from SAP to Deltek; and overseeing the invoice process to ensure timely and accurate reporting of hours and expenses for various consulting efforts.

I switched roles in September 2013 to gain experience in internal controls. I evaluated and improved the operating effectiveness and efficiencies of various control processes to abide by federal laws, industry regulations, and company policies. I authored job aids and manuals and led training sessions on subjects such as sufficient and proper documentation, compliant business practice, and audit preparedness. This internal controls role helped me materialize and appreciate the auditing aspect of my accounting education, and instilled in me the importance of “connecting the dots” between activity at the contract level and the performance of the organization at the overall level. It is because of my internal controls experience that I am always striving to see the bigger picture.

(To be continued and updated...)

  • Work
    • Accenture
  • Education
    • Towson University