Class of 2005
Angela Coppa knew she wanted an accounting career in New York City. She also knew it would take dedication and work to achieve her dreams.
After graduating from Franciscan University of Steubenville in 2005 with a degree in finance, Coppa spent a year and a half doing technical accounting for PricewaterhouseCoopers in New Jersey, then transferred to PwC's New York City office where she worked as an auditor primarily on the J. P. Morgan Chase account. During this time she also earned her Certified Public Accountant license.
"You need to pass the CPA exam before you can advance within a Big Four accounting firm," Coppa says. "Having the CPA opens many doors of opportunity for me in the business world."
In December 2007, she got her current job in real estate accounting with The Blackstone Group, where she does quarterly reporting, currency translation, and financial statement preparation and review for two international real estate funds.
"Having an understanding of finance and economics makes working in the industry very exciting," Coppa says. "I love New York City, and finance is the lifeblood of New York."
Even though her primary work is in accounting, Coppa says that studying finance at Franciscan was important because it gives her a strong knowledge of how the businesses she deals with operate.
Coppa credits the Students in Free Enterprise program and the Business Department with providing her with a solid foundation for her professional development and experiences.
"Franciscan and SIFE gave me confidence that I could succeed, taught me accountability, leadership, and people management skills, as well as the ability to balance expectations."
In her junior year, Coppa was an officer on the Franciscan SIFE team that won the regional competition in Cleveland for the first time in 24 years. Her senior year she became president of SIFE, and led the Franciscan team to another regional victory, and its second consecutive appearance at the national competitions. The experience taught her how to make difficult decisions, lead others, and accomplish goals, Coppa says.
"It's thrilling to realize that you can do it. You can be successful. You will be able to learn and handle the challenges life brings your way."