Nadia-Maria Matthie originally applied to Iona because it was, according to her mother, "a good, quiet college close to home." Little did Nadia (or her mother) realize that the female role models and opportunities for women to lead at Iona would change Nadia’s life, enabling her to land a prestigious internship that launched her successful career in public accounting.
"Most of the student leaders at Iona were women," Nadia recalled, "and I had several female professors. I learned the inner workings of the school and interacted with Iona leadership because I became a student leader."
Many of Nadia’s closest friends today are those she met at Iona, particularly through the Council of Multicultural Leaders. She values the guidance she received and work she did with Sociology and Criminal Justice Professor Catherine Lavery and former Iona Dean Michael McGrath.
As an accounting major in Iona’s business school, Nadia was hired for an internship with Big Four accounting firm KPMG. "The excellent, nurturing education I received from my professors at the Hagan School of Business [now called the LaPenta School of Business] and the great internship opportunity started me on the path to where I am today." After her internship, Nadia was offered a position at KPMG. She eventually made partner and worked with the firm for 21 years.
Nadia currently works as an audit partner in New York City’s WithumSmith & Brown office, where she is a member of the employee benefit plan practice, labor organizations practice, and multiemployer group. She currently serves union and other not-for-profit organizations. Previously at KPMG, her portfolio included asset management, providing assurance services to investment advisors, broker-dealers, real estate investment trusts, real estate and private equity funds.
Committed to giving back to her profession, Nadia is a member of the New York Society of Certified Public Accountants (NYSCPA) and serves on NYSCPA’s PACE University Career Opportunities in the Accounting Profession program. She is also a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the National Association of Black Accountants – New York Chapter. In addition, she has returned to Iona College over the years to recruit business students into the accounting industry. She also provided counseling sessions and speeches to the business students. She also served as a board member on the Iona College Alumni Board Association and its Nomination Committee. Nadia believes in giving thanks to Iona College for giving her such a good start in her career and identifying wonderful quality friendships that have stood the test of time.
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