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ZWIB Coffee Chat with Lena Bakis

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Ernst & Young LLP

Five Times Square

New York, NY 10036

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ZWIB's Coffee Chat Series will provide an opportunity for students to get together and meet an officer of an esteemed firm and learn about their role and about the organization as a whole. Back this semester from popular demand is Lena Bakis, Ernst & Young LLP, Senior Manager – Americas FAAS.

After RSVPing, please also drop off your resume at the following google drive link along with a signed, scanned copy of the waiver form posted in the link:

https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0B17cQlX0kljXUEdGUWtVVEg0Y3M?usp=sharing

Lena Bakis Bio

Lena is a senior manager in EY’s Financial Accounting Advisory Services (FAAS) group. She has been in the accounting industry for over thirteen years and has worked in both private and public sectors (audit and accounting advisory services), specializing in financial reporting, accounting policy and change management. Lena has been with EY for eleven years. Prior to EY she attended Baruch College – Zicklin School of Business for her BBA in Accounting with a History minor.

In her current role, Lena is responsible for serving clients on technical accounting matters generally as a result of new accounting standards. She is primarily focused on the new leases standard. She has extensive experience assisting Fortune 500 companies on technical accounting and reporting matters, generally as a result of new accounting standards and organizational change in connection with implementation of new and revised accounting policies. Lena had also assisted SEC clients with divestures, restatements and IPOs in variety of industries including diversified products and renewable energy. Prior to FAAS, Lena was a senior in EY’s Real Estate Assurance Services, where she was responsible for designing and executing internal controls-based and substantive audits for variety of public and private real estate companies, both US-based and international. Throughout the years, Lena has had the opportunity to experience new initiatives that EY has implemented for their professional women. Being a mother, Lena feels that it is critical to find work-life balance and with EY’s approach to flexibility, it has become far more feasible. EY’s flexibility policy is a privilege that cannot be found at all firms.

Lena is a Certified Public Accountant licensed in New York. She is a member of both the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and the New York State Society of CPAs.



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