Former National Association of Black Accountants (NABA) Chairmen Calvin Harris [PODCAST]


Calvin Harris Jr., CPA

Harris is the President of Change Management, serving as the subject matter expert in “on-call COO and CFO” financial and administrative management. He has over 20 years of “C-suite” level experience working with organizations of various sizes. Harris’s diverse career began at a “Big Four” international accounting firm and includes experience in forensic accounting and senior management roles at the following organizations:

• The Council for Excellence in Government ($10 million – CFO)
• Aeras ($50+ million – CFO)
• The United Nations Foundation ($100+ million – Controller)
• NeighborWorks America ($100+ million – Interim CFO and Controller)
• Morgan State University ($100+ million – Acting Comptroller)

Frequently interviewed and quoted on matters related to business, leadership, and the accounting profession, Harris was named one the “Top 100 Most Influential People in Accounting” by Accounting Today in both 2010 and 2012 and one of the “Top 50 Accountants on Twitter” by in 2013He is the author of numerous published articles and is the writer of “The Saga of a Reformed Beancounter” blog for Harvin Consulting, listed by in 2013 as a “Top 50 Accounting Blog”.

Harris is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and the Immediate Past National President (Chairman of the Board) of the National Association of Black Accountants, Inc. (NABA). He serves as the Treasurer on the Board of DC Doors, a Washington DC charity providing housing assistance to the area’s immigrant population and is a volunteer management consultant with Compass DC, an organization providing free management consulting services for non-profits in the Washington DC area.

Harris earned a Bachelor of Arts degree, with honors, in business administration from Morehouse College and is the former National Treasurer of the Morehouse College Alumni Association. He is a native of Maryland, having lived within the Maryland metropolitan areas of Washington, DC, Baltimore, and Annapolis and currently residing in Columbia, Maryland.

Questions asked on the show:

Tell us about one experience in your current position that just blew you away and that you were really excited about.

What was your biggest, or one of your biggest, failure(s) in getting to where you are today?

What is a great resource you used along the way that helped you to get where you are today?

What is your advice for someone starting out in his or her career?

What is your advice for someone who has been working in the industry and wants to make a change or take his or her career to the next level?

What’s a great book that you’ve read?

And lastly, tell us a quote that you love and how it’s helped you reach your goals.



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