MAC Opening Night Dinner

Opening Night: MAC Mentorship Program

The MAC Mentorship Program welcomed the new mentees during the opening night dinner last Thursday at La Residence. Along with members of the MAC program, several PricewaterhouseCoopers representatives also attended the program.

MAC Opening Night Dinner

Senior Manager, Ivan Lujan, with mentees, Joey Bastine and Andy Chiu

Professor Tamara Barringer opened the program with an introduction of the mentors and our program sponsor, PwC. Following, PwC’s Assurance Partner, Matt Keffer, shared his insights on a career in the professional services network. Subsequently, MAC and PwC representatives joined the mentees for dinner.

The dinner provided great insight for both students that were already considering accounting and those with little knowledge of the field and also helped students develop their professional networking skills. The students were eager to share their experiences.

Justin Macmahan, new UNC MAC mentee:

“I had the opportunity to speak with two assurance associates during my meal. The personalities of the accountants confirmed what I had expected about the type of people who are needed in a company like PwC. The stereotypical number-crunching nerd is not applicable to the accountants that I met. I personally am much more outgoing, and it was nice to interact with people similar to myself in a field that I am considering pursuing.”

Joey Bastine, returning UNC MAC mentee:

“At dinner, I had the privilege of speaking with Ivan Lujan, a Senior Manager at PwC. Ivan was very insightful as to what his work environment is like and even broke down a day in his life. He was polite, very easy to talk to and provided a lot of useful information regarding the MAC program, as well as what it is like to work in audit for an accounting firm. Ivan shared with us that around 10 percent of the time he works he is in his office, and a majority of the rest of the time is spent on client sites all across the country and even the world. He made the MAC program and work as an audit representative for PwC seem very interesting and worth the investment.”


By Amy Lee, (MAC ‘17)


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