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Mylène Pellegrino

In 10 years, Pellegrino wants to be the head controller of a company and then start her own fashion label

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Mylène Pellegrino: “Waiting for my CFE results was the longest two months of my life. I cried when I passed.” (Photograph by Guillaume Simoneau)

Age 27 / Montreal
Assistant controller at Michael Kors

WHY ACCOUNTING

Pellegrino has always wanted to create her own business, and accounting seemed like a good first step. While studying at Concordia in 2013, she interned at Michael Kors. “Accounting for handbags and shoes felt like a dream,” she says. The employee discount was a nice perk, too.

WHAT SHE’S DOING NOW

After working her way up to assistant controller at Michael Kors, Pellegrino became a CPA. The CFE was the hardest exam she ever took. “Waiting for the results was the longest two months of my life,” she says. “But it was worth it. I cried when I found out I passed.”

WHERE SHE SEES HERSELF IN 10 YEARS

Pellegrino wants to be the head controller of a company and then start her own fashion label. Despite stiff competition and narrow margins, she’s drawn to and inspired by the industry’s creative energy.

ON THE FUTURE OF ACCOUNTING

Pellegrino believes that CPAs will play an increasingly prominent role in compliance, due to more rigorous reporting standards and government regulations, particularly when it comes to the environment. “We now need to use more professional judgment than in the past.”

FUN FACT

She’s an avid believer in astrology. “Scorpios like me are ambitious, passionate and intuitive indivi­duals,” she says. “When we set a goal, we will do whatever it takes to reach it and will never give up.”