After many years of service to DePaul, Ledger & Quill especially, long-time Board member LaToya Lacey resigned from the Ledger & Quill Board this Fall. As newly-appointed Kraft Foods Manager in Special Investigations for the Asia/Pacific area, travels and increased responsibilities took their toll. With extensive background and credentials in various aspects of compliance (and a member of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners [ACFE]), Lacey seems just the woman for the job.
While on the Ledger & Quill Board, she was also active with the National Association of Black Accountants (NABA), both the DePaul student and the Chicago professional chapters, serving today as the First Vice President for the latter. She was a familiar and frequent sight at Ledger & Quill events and DePaul recruiting and student group social functions, awards dinners and receptions, representing her company and Ledger & Quill.
Her student days were as full: she served as an officer for NABA while working internships at DePaul Law School Admissions Office, Arthur Andersen and Abbott Laboratories. She also held memberships in Beta Alpha Psi, Beta Gamma Sigma, Delta Mu Delta, Golden Key and Phi Kappa Psi honorary societies. Additionally, she served as a mentor in the university’s S.T.A.R.S. Project, influencing many young students, and received a university Senior Leadership Award. Upon graduation, she accepted a position in the highly-regarded and selective Financial Professional Development Program of Abbott Laboratories.
“I have great memories of my days as a DePaul student. As a single parent and the only person in my family to go to college, it seemed like the odds were stacked against me, but I truly benefited from the high-quality education I received at DePaul and I became a huge fan and supporter. I sincerely appreciate the opportunity I had to serve on the L&Q board and to continue to work with some of my favorite professors long after graduation.
“Based on my experiences, it was very important for me to stay connected to the students and hopefully provide valuable mentoring similar to what I received as a student and still receive today as a professional. The S.T.A.R.S. Project gave me that opportunity as a student. L&Q and NABA gave me that opportunity post-graduation, so I know I will stay connected to both over the years to come. “