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Charlotte Nicholson

Charlotte Nicholson

Vanderbilt Master of Accountancy 2010

Manager, Advisory - Regulatory Risk at KPMG

Accountant. Hockey Star. Worldshaper.

Hockey Star Scores in Accounting

Though no official statistics exist, Charlotte Nicholson is likely the only gold-medal winner (much less multiple gold-medal winner) in Owen's history.

As a six-year member of the U.S. women's national in-line hockey team — she's been playing the sport since she was eight, usually as the only girl on the team — Charlotte has earned three golds, two silvers and a bronze. She's won other rewards, too, she says; competing internationally also has enabled her to make friends with hockey players from Japan and Colombia (Colombia!?) to Finland.

Though she continues to play hockey, Charlotte decided to pursue accounting as her career. "Accounting just made sense to me," she says. As a senior at Duke, she attended an information session for Owen's MAcc program. "I was blown away by what Owen had to offer: the small class size; the focus on communications, leadership and teamwork; and the opportunity to take classes and have an internship all in one year. The program is very challenging, but working with such a diverse group of smart, motivated and friendly people is amazing. Going to Owen is one of the best choices I've ever made."

The program also helped her score what she set as her most important goal (at least off the ice). Upon graduation, she won a position with a top public accounting firm.