After college, Faith Thomas (she/her) didn’t want to commute from her home in Sonoma County to one of the big four accounting firms in the city. She wanted to live and work near her family. She chose one of the largest local firms, Moss Adams, and remained with the firm for nearly four years.
"Coming out of college, you don’t necessarily know if public accounting will be for you. I saw the culture of the firm and the opportunities for career development and went with Moss Adams."
When she was pregnant in 2017, her experience at the firm began to change. She left Moss Adams and went to another local firm.
"I was trying to balance coming back to the firm while having an infant. I felt very vulnerable, so I went to another competitor with strong female leadership. At the end of the year, many people left and that affected our workload. When COVID-19 hit, everything hit the fan."