As part of this year’s Top 100 Most Influential People survey, Accounting Today asked, “What do you hope your legacy will be?” Vertex Chief Tax Officer, Michael Bernard, and Vice President of Tax Research, Bernadette Pinamont, shared their responses.
“I hope my legacy will be that I gave back to others. That I gave back to the next generation of women leaders and that I leveraged my talents and strengths to also give back to my community. That is why I coach and mentor up and coming women leaders in my company, host the Women’s Tax Network in Philadelphia, a group of women tax professionals in the Mid-Atlantic area who meet quarterly to talk about tax and women’s leadership issues and challenges, and am currently using my accounting and tax knowledge to support a local non-profit, Unite for Her, which provides education and support for women fighting breast and ovarian cancer, a program I have supported for 10 years and am also an alumni of as a six year cancer survivor. Giving back and supporting other women is key for me.”
— Bernadette Pinamont, vice president, tax research, Vertex Inc.
“That I had a hand in developing professionals who through their efforts as well, have gone on to serve their companies and firms in a competent and ethical manner.”
— Michael Bernard, chief tax officer, transaction tax, Vertex Inc.