MAX Transit spotlights Carissa Pickett in observance of Women’s History Month! Learn from Carissa what unique challenges she faces as a woman working in finance and what motivates her to persevere.
What does your work consist of?
As the Accounting Specialist II/Payroll, I handle all aspects of preparing and distributing employees’ payments. This includes but is not limited to accurate calculation of wages, tax withholdings, company deductions, maintaining payroll records, and balancing payroll accounts.
Why are you passionate about the work that you do?
I have always enjoyed working with numbers and solving problems. I don’t take it lightly being in a position of this magnitude. Payroll is one of the most important aspects of any organization. It affects the morale of the employees and reflects a company’s financial stability and reputation. Employees rely on their paychecks. Untimely payments and constant errors create a lack of trust. In this role, you have to be efficient and proficient. Being a part of any finance department requires integrity and I love what I do. It’s not a task or a chore, it’s something that I’m motivated to do.
How are you challenged in your field/industry?
I am most challenged in this field because rules and regulations change often. Ensuring proper governmental reporting and compliance are met means we must stay abreast of all updates.
How do you overcome your challenges?
I look at challenges as an opportunity for training, development, and growth. Even in my personal life, trials and tribulations come, but I still persevere by the grace of God.
How is being a woman working in your role unique?
Being a woman in my role is phenomenal! It challenges my mind and exercises my abilities in the male-dominated field of finance. My compassion for people and thrive to excel drives me to do better and be a better person. Being a woman to me represents power, strength, and determination. Women are destroying double standards, tearing down outdated gender barriers, we are facing diversities and criticism, we are being empowered by knowledge and wisdom and we are persistent in a society that tries to limit us. Women are unique, that’s what makes us valuable.
What is your vision for the future?
My vision for the future is to continue to educate and thrive to promote quality and productive work while operating in a spirit of excellence.