B.S. 2008, Accounting
University of Tulsa alumna Ashley Lewis has her roots firmly planted in Oklahoma, but she hopes to branch out someday soon and travel the globe as an auditor for one of the world’s largest corporations.
Lewis is finishing her last rotation of the two-year Financial Management Program offered by General Electric Co. to groom young leaders. “I graduate in January 2011, and then I plan to join GE’s Corporate Audit Staff,” she said. “This program would grant me the opportunity to move every four months within the U.S. and abroad in regions such as Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, and Latin America.”
While attending TU, Lewis explored several careers open to accountants: She completed internships with Electronic Data Systems and PricewaterhouseCoopers, and one summer she explored the world of banking during an internship at Coppermark Bank in Oklahoma City.
While internships gave Lewis the chance to put classroom learning to good use, participating in various campus organizations allowed her to hone her leadership and organizational skills. Among other groups, she was a member of local chapters of several national honor societies including Beta Alpha Psi (honorary organization for financial information students and professionals), Phi Eta Sigma (encourages and rewards academic excellence among college freshmen), Mortar Board (recognizes college seniors for their achievements in scholarship, leadership and service), Sigma Iota Epsilon (recognizes scholastic excellence and promotes cooperation between the academic and practical aspects of management), and Omicron Delta Kappa (the National Leadership Honor Society).
“My time at TU allowed me to easily take on new challenges and be an effective leader,” Lewis said. She acknowledged Professors Dennis Hudson and Jean Blocker, who helped in her job search and provided support.