The Illinois CPA Society’s 2013 Outstanding Leadership in Advancing Diversity Award was presented to L&Q member Joe Kosinki (BUS ’78) of Abbott, in recognition of his strong, consistent and creative efforts to promote diversity in the accounting and finance communities.
The award, presented at the June 10, 2013, ICPAS Leadership Recognition Dinner, was the fifth time in the award’s six-year history that a DePaul alumnus and L&Q member was so recognized. Past recipients include L&Q past president Kent Klaus(BUS ’82) (2012), MST alumnus Ronald Sonenthal (MST ’88), past president Scott Steffens (BUS ’89) (2009), and the inaugural awardee, Prof. Elizabeth Murphy (BUS ’74, MBA ’77) (2008).
For DePaul, few accolades could mean as much–possibly the school’s seven ICPAS Outstanding Educator of the Year awards. That’s a toss-up. For those at DePaul–maybe even throughout Chicago–Kosinski is a familiar and frequent sight, and in many contexts: representing Abbott at BAP’s Meet the Firms, taking the point in the Abbott-ALPFA partnership, working with Chicago’s professional chapter of NABA, recruiting school students for Abbott’s prestigious Financial Professional Development Program, presenting a seminar (or as likely attending a enjoyable social event) of DePaul’s MAHA chapter, contributing professional insights as a member of DePaul’s Department of Finance Advisory Board, representing Abbott and reaching out to DePaul students and alumni as a DePaul Corporate Connector…while doing the heavy lifting as Abbott’s Director of Corporate Manufacturing and Customs and Trade Compliance.
His efforts range from the national boardrooms to informal social events with student groups, and whatever the venue, the energy is high and the outcome is usually successful. In effect, he’s a walking change agent.
“Joe seems indefatigable at times,” notes School of Accountancy Director Kevin Stevens (MST ’86), “and his contributions are always first-rate, whether discussing ways to grow a student organization or Sarbanes-Oxley compliance issues or how to enhance the Driehaus business curricula.”
His interest, and passion for, creating a welcoming and inclusive business community is long standing, and seamlessly brings together the personal and the professional, Kosinski explains. “It’s really seeing each individual as having enormous potential, and taking this view consistently: on the job, mentoring an intern, chairing a national board meeting or enjoying a student reception. Investing in and developing human capital will always provide the greatest return, whether it’s providing a student scholarship, reaching out to a new group, selecting a new intern or welcoming a new hire. This is DePaul’s Vincentian personalism, widely applied, especially to those who have been traditionally under-represented, or left out.
June 2013 accounting graduate Ambria Clinkscale, a participant in Abbott’s Financial Professional Development Program, sums it up: “He has been instrumental in my success as a student and a young professional. His dedication and commitment to students like myself surpasses the norm, and his contributions are unmatched. I’m appreciative of his support and encouragement, and I’ll be forever grateful.”
Also on the same evening two other of DePaul’s Finest—Professors Murphy and Steffens—were recognized with a Special Achievement in Volunteerism Award for their highly successful efforts on the 2013 Mary T. Washington Wylie Internship Preparation Program.