Meet the Panel
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Sue Robison is a Managing Director and Pacific Northwest Geographic Lead for KPMG's Development and Exempt Organizations practice and she serves as the Seattle office champion for the KPMG Network of Women (KNOW). Sue is based in Seattle and has more than 20 years of tax and consulting experience. She has a strong background across multiple tax disciplines, focusing on organizations in the not-for-profit arena including healthcare, governmental, higher education, private foundations and public charities where she serves a variety of clients across the Pacific Northwest market.
Panelists Alpa Parikh is Director of Internal Audit at Puget Sound Energy. She has over fifteen years of finance and internal audit experience across healthcare, technology, and most recently, the energy sector. Her prior experiences include various financial positions at Univar, Protiviti, Cigna, and Grant Thornton. Alpa has significant experience with Boards of Directors and Audit Committees over the past ten years, especially in highly regulated environments such as Healthcare and Energy. Alpa is a board member of the Puget Sound chapter of the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) and was recently featured in a global publication featuring top women leaders in internal audit (Internal Auditing Around the World - Perspectives from Women in Audit Leadership Roles - How Technology is Impacting Internal Audit Function).
Amrita Srivastava is a Partner at Desh International Law and she focuses her practice on securities law, mergers and acquisitions, general business law, privacy, and cross-border transactions with India. She has extensive experience in representing startup and investors in angel and higher financing rounds for startups, advising on international business structuring, advising on privacy and intellectual property law, and negotiating & drafting complex commercial contracts. Apart from regular practice, Amrita serves as a board member and treasurer for South Asian Bar Association of Washington, and is active in a number of non-profit organizations including API Chaya and Washington Association of Attorneys for Community Organizations.
Nancy Pasternack currently teaches Fraud Investigation and core accounting classes in the Accounting Department of the Foster School of Business at the University of Washington. Prior to the UW she worked in Finance for Amazon.com concentrating on fraud prevention and penetration testing of the Companys systems. Previously, Nancy was with KPMG Forensic serving clients in the Washington, D.C., New York and Seattle offices. She also completed a national rotational assignment with the KPMG Business School where she developed and managed the learning curriculums for Governance, Risk and Compliance as well as Leadership and Forensic. Zhanar Ospanova supports the Supplier Management for IT Sourcing and Training Service for all Boeing Enterprise. In the past, she has worked at the Women's Resource Center in Central Asia and as a sales manager in the international finance industry, helping low-income immigrant communities from Russia, the Middle East, and other Republics of Central Asia obtain loans for business development opportunities. In addition to her job as a Project Advisor, Zhanar is currently Co-Chair of Professional Development for Boeing Women in Leadership.