20 Under 30 Class of 2010

417 Magazine proudly presents the next generation of 417-land leaders.

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Carrie Winston, 24

Staff accountant, tax department, BKD LLP

Carrie Winston was originally a biology major at Drury University. “One day I was sitting and looking at cross-sections of leaves when I decided that wasn’t what I wanted to do,” Winston says. Winston changed her major to accounting and graduated from Drury University with an MBA in 2008. Then she started at BKD LLP. She’s also involved with the American Society of Women Accountants, where she will be treasurer next year. Within that organization, she started a financial literacy committee that works with Springfield organizations to teach basic business principles. Winston is a member of Springfield’s Junior League and Rotaract clubs and a volunteer at Big Brothers Big Sisters.—S.W.

Check out our behind-the-scenes video from the 20 Under 30 shoot!

Q&A: Get to know Carrie Winston

How do you get your news?
“The internet. My homepage is perezhilton.com, and I go to cnn.com a lot.”

What’s one website you check daily?
“News-eader.com”

What did you want to be when you grew up when you were 5?
“An architect.”

Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
“Married with a family, and continuing on the successful career path in accounting.”

If you had to choose any other profession, what would you choose?
“Wedding planning.”

How do you define success?
“Feeling good about myself every night when I get home, and going to sleep knowing that I did something important that day.”

Why do you like what you do?
“It provides a good variety of work. It’s not monotonous. Everything you do is a little bit different.”

Fill in the blank. A perfect day at work is _______
“One that is not 12 hours long.”

Three words that describe your job are:
“Challenging, exciting and interesting.”

What’s your dream job?
“Wedding planner”

What is the biggest workplace prank you’ve ever taken part in?
“When I was out of the office one day, my coworkers hid all of my pink office supplies in a file cabinet. It took me an entire day to find it all.”

What’s the hardest thing you’ve ever had to do for your career?
“Pass the CPA exam”

Where’s your ideal vacation?
“Vegas”

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