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What inspires Black young professionals

Written on Feb 17, 2022

By Jessica Salerno-Shumaker, OSCPA senior content manager 

Inspiration can come from anywhere. During Black History Month, we spoke to some of OSCPA’s young Black professionals to learn about the people and events that have influenced them. They talked about relatives, teachers and professionals in other industries, proving that inspiring others has no limitations. 


“My inspiration has always been my mom. She always exposed me to so many things as I was growing up that I was able to truly find a profession that I loved. She always challenged me to go beyond my comfort zone and always gave me the resources I needed to get to where I am today. She’s always been my biggest cheerleader, so without her who knows where I would be in life.” 

Jareed Robinson, CPA, assurance senior manager, BDO 






“Growing up, there were so many individuals who continued to encourage me and invest in my development as a creative and professional. I think the community I grew up in – my teachers, family, friends and church members, inspired me to think big and outside of the box. Whenever I showed doubt, there was someone who reassured me that the life I wanted was attainable. As I have grown into an adult, I have been blessed to be surrounded by children, whom I had the pleasure of either teaching and/or mentoring. These individuals continue to inspire me to give myself grace as I learn something new, and to never give up as I encourage them to do the same.” 

Kayla Keys, staff accountant, assurance services, Sikich LLP 


“I am inspired by an entrepreneur name Myleik Teele. Myleik is the owner of a monthly subscription box company, CurlBox. She saw a need in the Black hair industry and solved a problem. She reminds me of an older version of myself: smart, witty, and knowledgeable. Myleik also has a podcast which is goal oriented and relatable. She gives advice about career, business and family.” 

A’Shira Nelson, CPA, tax manager at Apple Growth Partners To learn more about the importance of building a diverse and inclusive workplace, check out our Crossing Bridges On-Demand programs