Tiffany G. Williams is a senior majoring in Accounting at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). Throughout her academic career at UIC, she has been involved in various student organizations including the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, the Dean of Students’-Student Judicial Panel, the Student Alumni Ambassadors, and the National Association of Black Accountants (NABA). She has been a member of the NABA for three years where she has served as Vice President of Membership and President of the UIC Student Chapter. She was named “NABA-Woman of the Year” and was awarded a $10,000 scholarship at the NABA National Convention in Houston, Texas the summer of 2010. She has also completed two summer internships at Deloitte LLP, a global big four accounting firm, where she gained experience in the Information Technology department as well as Research and Development.
Tiffany attended Michele Clark High School on the west side of Chicago and graduated ranked number 3 in her class of 170 students. Tiffany’s mentor is an accounting graduate from DePaul University who is now studying for a PhD in accounting at the University of Memphis. “She was the first to inform me about the NABA and the opportunities offered through membership in the organization.”
“The advice I have for other undergraduates at UIC is to get involved on campus. Getting involved gives students an overwhelming sense of opportunities through not only social networks but professional networks as well. I’ve learned that a lot of times, it’s not what you know, it’s who you know. Knowing a person may be all it takes for you to stand out in a crowd of some thousands of people. I would also encourage students to step out of their comfort zone. Personally, I graduated from a high school that was predominantly African American. I wanted to learn more about the religious backgrounds, cultures, and ethnic groups that UIC offers because you may be able to choose where you work, but you will not be able to choose who you work with. These are two very important things that have gotten me through my college experience allowing me to excel during my college experience.” Tiffany will graduate in May of 2012 and begin her career in the business field shortly after graduation.