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Chichi Onuzo

Chichi Onuzo

Vanderbilt Macc Assurance 2009

Vice President, Global Real Estate at JPMorgan Chase & Co.

Leaving Her Comfort Zone

MAcc Propelled Onuzo to Another Level

Chichi Onuzo not only is a can-do kind of person; she's an "already done it." Few at her young age already have such a diversity of experiences.

Within the span of a decade, the native of Lagos, Nigeria, earned her undergraduate degree from Smith College in Massachusetts; managed conferences for a Washington think tank; earned her Master of Accountancy from Vanderbilt in Nashville; completed her internship in Hyderabad, India; and, upon graduation from Owen, accepted a position with Deloitte & Touche in Chicago.

In a way, Chichi's MAcc experience represents a vindication for one of her undergraduate professors, who told her that her accounting class—the only one offered at her college—would ultimately help her with whatever career she pursued. She discovered that not only was the professor right, but that a Master of Accountancy degree would propel her even more.

The education at Owen, where Chichi felt immediately at home, is "unparalleled," she says. "I learned to get out of my comfort zone and do unusual things, like an internship in India. I left with a sense of accomplishment. Owen has opened the doors for so many opportunities for me."