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Spring/Summer 2008

Feature Stories

Your Haas Network

Zainabu (Zain) McKinney, BS 90
Partner, Audit and Enterprise Risk Services
Deloitte & Touche LLP
Oakland, Calif.


In her 17 years at Deloitte & Touche LLP, Zainabu McKinney has led with her heart as well as her head. She's always had a penchant for numbers and people, and she's equally ardent about promoting diversity in the field of public accounting.


"As long as I could get up in the morning excited to come to work, this was an opportunity to be a role model for others," says McKinney, sitting in her downtown Oakland office with a sweeping view of her beloved city.


McKinney joined Deloitte six months after graduating from Haas, and rose quickly, making partner in the Big Four accounting firm at age 35. In addition to working with clients, McKinney serves as Deloitte's regional diversity and inclusion leader and helps shape the firm's progressive human resources efforts, which helped Deloitte earn the top spot in a 2007 BusinessWeek ranking of great places to launch a career.


"There definitely are still barriers to success," McKinney says. "We focus on making sure people aren't penalized for their diversity."


McKinney also leads the audit function's campus recruiting efforts at UC Berkeley, talking up the allure of the accounting profession. "You'd think that in public accounting you'd get a very narrow view of the business world," says McKinney, who specializes in health care and life sciences. "But I feel like I've gotten the broadest possible view." Her clients have included three of the Bay Area's largest health care systems.


McKinney is president of the Berkeley Black Alumni Club and has served on the board of the National Association of Black Accountants, Inc., which has twice honored her with its top presidential award. She's been active in the organization since founding the Haas student chapter as an undergraduate, and has taken on its motto of "lifting as we climb."


McKinney says the coursework at Haas helped her earn her CPA license and launch her career, but equally enduring are the intangible skills she picked up, such as time management, problem analysis, and handling competition. McKinney says, "If you can succeed at Haas, you can step out into the real world and continue to be successful."


 


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Zainabu (Zain) McKinney, BS 90

Zainabu (Zain) McKinney,
BS 90

Partner, Audit and Enterprise Risk Services
Deloitte & Touche LLP
Oakland, Calif.