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Karin Monchak, partner at MGI Assurance, Brazil, talks about self-determination and courage in her ‘Words of Wisdom’ testimonial

9th January 2023

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Karin Monchak, partner at MGI Assurance, Brazil, shares her Words of Wisdom about her successful career path, where self-determination, motivation and focus have played a decisive role. She also highlights the importance of keeping your focus, being good to yourself and not being afraid to give your opinion.

Hi, I’m Karin.

In 1990 I majored in Accounting Sciences from the Federal University of Paraná and started my career at age 23 at the so-called “Big 4” audit.

I worked in Curitiba, São Paulo and Bangkok, gathering experience in auditing and in the capital markets area, specializing in US GAAP and International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS).

Going back in time, there were very few women acting as auditors and the atmosphere was not friendly, on the contrary, it took courage and resilience to continue.

I founded MGI Assurance Auditores Independentes in 2012 and have developed an audit and consulting practice with intense participation in projects of investment funds, mainly relating to credit rights as well as providing services to companies in various industries.

In April 2021, I was widowed, I lost my husband to Covid after 20 years of a marriage that was a gift in my life. It's been a personal fresh start ever since.

My most valuable piece of advice for you…

We may often feel criticised by others and by ourselves.

My advice is be good to yourself, you are capable, you are multitasking, you own your decisions and your time.

Be kind to yourself, allow yourself to have a moment to yourself, no matter how long, but reward yourself, breathe, it will be all right.

The best advice I received…

Keep your focus, you know exactly what to do and how to do it.

Say no when you should.

And, what NOT to do!

Do not hesitate to give your opinion because you were intimidated in some way, do not question your competence to perform any task.

Click to open/download Karin's Words of Wisdom testimonial (PDF).

By celebrating the successes and talent of our female leaders, we hope to inspire positive change throughout the MGI Worldwide network and in the accounting profession. Did you find these Words of Wisdom useful? Please tell us!

Join MGI Worldwide’s Women Who Lead Group to explore opportunities and support the next generation of future leaders of accounting contact maxine.brock@mgiworld.com.

MGI Worldwide with CPAAI, is a top 20 ranked global accounting network and association with almost 9,000 professionals, accountants and tax experts in some 400 locations in over 100 countries around the world. 

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