Sharon Allen

I AM Sharon Allen

I AM A PIONEER IN THE WORLD OF BUSINESS. I may be one of the first women to become Chairman of the Board of a $9 billion organization like Deloitte & Touche, but I am not alone in my journey. Growing up in Kimberly, Idaho, I followed my older sisters everywhere; two of them to the University of Idaho. That’s where I learned to lead. Thanks to Bob Clark, my professor and mentor, I was challenged to think differently about my role in the world of business. But it was the combination of those classroom experiences and the abundance of leadership opportunities, unique to a residential campus like Idaho, that taught me both the fundamentals of business and how to build relationships. Accounting is about numbers, but leading is about people.  And it’s the people from my college days in Moscow that continue to make this journey so special. I AM SHARON ALLEN. I AM THE UNIVERSITY OF IDAHO.

Q&A

What aspect of your experience at Idaho do you value most?
I had an amazing education that taught me not only the fundamentals of business, but how to build relationships and become a leader. I learned that by living on campus. In fact, if it wasn’t for my college roommate I might not be where I am today. I credit her for starting me down the track to accounting.

What sets the University of Idaho apart from other universities?
Its commitment to its students and their futures.

How has the University impacted your life post graduation?
The University of Idaho, my professors and the accounting program gave me the skills necessary to succeed. Every step of the way I was confident that my education was going to help me succeed, in business and in life. The University of Idaho was the perfect match for me.