Melaninated Queen: A'Shira Nelson, CPA

 A'Shira Nelson

A'Shira Nelson

Hometown: Cleveland, Ohio

Education: Bachelor of Science in Accounting from the University of Akron

Current Occupation: CPA/ Senior Associate at an Accounting firm located in Beachwood, OH. I also created an empower platform called Savvy Girl Money. Through this platform I discuss personal finance and empower African Americans to make better financial discussions.

Other Interests: I love spending time with my family, hosting financial workshops and scrolling through Pinterest.

3 Words that Describe You: Disciplined, Determined and Driven.

People would be surprised if they knew: People would be surprised if they knew I have a fear of bridges over a body of water.

What is your most rewarding accomplishment? Becoming a CPA and member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc.

How do you define success? I define success as being fulfilled in both my career and personal life. When I break stereotypes and generational curses.

Have you encountered having to deal with unforeseen issues because of stereotypes in Public Accounting? Do you feel it’s a tougher road for African American women? If so any advice you wish to share? As an African American woman and mom, I feel like I have to work harder than my peers to prove that I deserve to move up the ladder. I feel like I'm always being judge and that I have to sometimes hide the fact that I have a child. As if being a mom makes me not a harder worker. Management constantly say I'm too young to have a child. My advice to any mom early in her career, don't feel like you have to hide your family in order to be successful. The right company for you will accept the fact that you decided to start your family at an earlier time than them.

What is your passion/purpose and why? My passion is in the area of personal finance. I want to help families bridge the gap and starting making financial conversations a "normal" conversation to have within their household. I believe having these conversations and them becoming the norm ultimately lead to African Americans making better financial choices.

Are these topics and other financial issues covered during your financial workshops? These are topics I discuss during my workshops. My next workshop will be called "Investing the Savvy Way". I will discuss the foundation of investing and how important it is to learn money management skills before jumping into investing. This summer, I'm also excited to introduce my family series of workshops. The first workshop will focus on showing parents how to make their children work for material things.

If you could meet anyone (dead or alive), who would it be and why? If I could meet anyone dead or alive it would be Myleik Teele. She is the owner of a subscription box company called Curl Box. Myleik reminds me of an older version of myself. Smart, witty, and knowledgeable in the beauty industry. She represents my version of a strong professional. I would love to sit down with Myleik to discuss business and financial growth.

What is one thing you always wanted to try and never did? I would love to live in a new city. I have since high school, but I was ALWAYS to afraid to leave my family. I feel like living in a new city would allow me to take on new challenges and grow. I always play it too safe.

What do you like to do for fun? I love spending time with my husband and daughter. Especially when we're trying out something new together like a new recipe or restaurant.

What was the last book that you read? The last book I read was Steve Harvey "Jump". I really enjoyed it.

If you could change one world problem, what would it be and why? If I could change one world problem it would be to give African Americans the same knowledge and opportunities as other races. I feel like as a race, we're behind and we don't have to be any longer.

What advice do you have for other Melaninated Queens out there? Believe in YOU. You got this. If you don't believe it. Say it over and over until you believe it!

Individuals who want to change their financial situation can also check out my YouTube channel where I give tips on different financial topics. Savvy Girl + Money