Welcome to our latest installment in our “Meet the Member” series, where we will feature a WFE member. This quarter we are featuring our favorite mother-daughter duo, Laura and Ellen Freudenberger. Both ladies are active WFE members, we thought it would be fun to do a joint interview with them!
Read on to learn more about Laura and Ellen:
How did you get involved with WFE and how long have you been a member?
Ellen: My mom would make me come down from College Station to attend the duck hunt, I have been a member for 4 years
Laura: I think around 15 years
What is your favorite thing about WFE?
Ellen: The relationships that are formed and the support we have for one another
Laura: The awesome ladies
10 Quick Questions:
1. What was your first job?
Ellen: Pre-college, my first job was a lifeguard at the Houston Jewish Community Center; Post-college, my first job was an audit staff at Deloitte in Houston
Laura: Pre-college, my first job was working in a Jewish deli in Cleavland, Ohio; Post-college, my first job was a staff auditor for a national CPA firm
2. What do you like most about your current job?
Ellen: Currently moving to being a recruiter, so get back to me in a few weeks
Laura: I love my clients. There is something new everyday that I am learning, ALWAYS. It is always interested and full of change.
3. What is the best career advice you’ve ever received?
Ellen: Perception is reality
Laura: First impressions stay with you forever
4. Who is your role model?
Ellen: My mom (Laura rolls her eyes) – I mean, you’ve met her, she’s amazing
Laura: My husband and to some degree my daughter, too
Ellen: Thanks mom!
5. If you weren’t [a recruiter for Ellen and Audit Shareholder for Laura] what would you be doing?
Ellen: I just switched from being an auditor, to a recruiter, so I am doing that! Fun wise, I would love to be a personal shopper.
Laura: Something in art, I have always been interested in art.
6. Do you have any pets?
Ellen: Two dogs – Bailey, a Chocolate Lab/Australian Shepherd mix and Jackson, a German Shepherd mix
Laura: Leon – a White Lab mix
7. What are you currently reading?
Ellen: Crazy Rich Asians
Laura: The Outlander Series
8. How do you handle stress?
Ellen: Eat – Want to go to lunch?
Laura: Try and work harder
9. What do you make time for no matter what?
Ellen and Laura: Sleep and Family
10. What is one thing people would be surprised to know about you?
Ellen: I used to Ice Skate
Laura: I have an identical twin – that is not an accountant
11. What “lesson from mom” do you still live by today?
Ellen: “I love you no matter what”
Laura: “You are responsible for your own happiness”