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Darla Moore School of Business

MACC alumnae named Columbia “Woman of Influence”

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Brittany Owen (’06 accounting, ’07 MACC) has been named one of the top 25 Women of Influence by Columbia Regional Business Report. This list recognizes women who are influencing their communities with their professional and philanthropic involvement.

Owen has grown her leadership skills with local agencies as she’s grown her career as a CPA and senior manager with Elliott Davis.

Beyond her expertise in accounting, Owen is passionate about giving back to the community. She is a dedicated supporter of United Way of the Midlands, Lexington/Richland Alcohol and Drug Abuse Council (LRADAC), Lexington Beautification Foundation, the 9/11 Remembrance Foundation, among others.

Within these organizations, Owen has held multiple leadership roles, including serving on boards and committees, and taking on these leadership positions has helped her maximize her impact.

“I am humbled and honored to be named [a woman of influence] amongst many women that I truly admire,” said Owen. “I’m glad that my community work is making an impact on others. Since the recognition, I have been more sought after to get involved in various other charitable areas.”

Owen is thankful for the strong foundation she received through her education at the Moore School that she uses in her career and service. The intense curriculum gave her a deep understanding of accounting, but she also became proficient in other areas of business including marketing, finance, communications and business law.

“The Moore School definitely takes a holistic approach to training [students] in all aspects,” Owen said. “The business school also encouraged my philanthropic endeavors by encouraging students to get out of their comfort zones and participate in numerous volunteer activities and leadership roles.”

This comprehensive experience during her undergraduate education encouraged Owen decide to pursue her Master of Accountancy.

“I didn’t consider applying anywhere but the Moore School for my master’s,” Owen said. “My undergraduate studies proved the caliber of the accounting program, and it didn’t take much reflection to know I wanted to continue at the Moore School.”

Owen was in a position to excel in the master’s program, and she did. She felt that her professors and the university were truly invested in her future. She connected with Elliott Davis at Bubba Boil, formerly an annual networking event hosted by the Moore School’s accounting department, further solidifying Owen’s belief that the Moore School wanted her to succeed.

Owen is thankful she was confident enough to engage with Elliott Davis’ leaders at that networking event more than a decade ago, and she encourages Moore School students to consider every opportunity.  

Like I did as a student, “get out of your comfort zone and strive for excellence in all you do,” Owen said.

Challenge the conventional. Create the exceptional. No Limits.