Glenda Bowman grew up in Puerto Rico and dreamed of coming to the continental United States to create a new life for herself. Her first goal was to learn English. In the process, she gained more than she could have planned: a thriving career in tax.
When Glenda took her first set of general business and accounting classes, she fell in love with the subject. After finishing her degree at North Carolina State University and with an internship and first years of practice at Thomas Judy & Tucker, P.A., under her belt, Glenda set her sights on something more complex: a large, multinational client portfolio. She also recognized that to stay current she needed to delve into planning and tax advisory services.
When the chance to move to the Private Client Services at Ernst & Young LLP (EY) came up, she knew that this was the next direction for her career. Glenda is a tax manager and has worked in the Raleigh EY office for 3 years. She is proud of her work and of the impact she gets to make in her clients’ and colleagues’ lives.
Aside from her professional accomplishments, Glenda generously volunteers her time with the AICPA —including the AICPA Tax Section, NCACPA, The Young Professionals Network of the Raleigh Chamber of Commerce and the Wake County Estate Planning Council.
Stemming from a life-long passion to learn, Glenda is also a champion for education. She believes that when an individual continuously strives for knowledge, they open infinite opportunities. When Glenda first arrived at the continental U.S. at age 15, her high school in North Carolina welcomed her with open arms and many teachers and professors became mentors to her. She serves on the Board of Directors for the N.C. Society of Hispanic Professionals and Communities in Schools of North Carolina to help underserved youth in the community and is active in recruiting at N.C. State University.
What is Glenda’s secret sauce to success? Cultivating relationships with clients, colleagues and the community are the key. Glenda understands that relationships with organizations that offer resources and guidance like the AICPA and AICPA Tax Section are essential to success.
Her favorite AICPA Tax Section resource is the tax organizers in the Annual Tax Compliance Kit. They help her get a comprehensive look at her client’s tax information. She also likes staying informed with the AICPA Tax Section’s news and the AICPA Tax Policy & Advocacy’s updates. She feels both are essential to staying relevant with her clients and building those important relationships with them.