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Boston Business Journal: 40 under 40

Maura Hodge

KPMG Audit Partner, Maura Hodge, has been named to the Boston Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 list, which recognizes professionals who are standout leaders within their professions and communities.
Maura holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration and a master’s degree in accounting from the University of South Carolina. As an undergraduate, Maura as a part of the Top Scholar community as a Horseshoe Scholar (previously called McNair Finalist).

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Title: Audit Partner, KPMG LLP
Age: 35
Education: Bachelor's degree in business administration, University of South Carolina, 2004; Masters of Accountancy, University of South Carolina, 2005

For most employees of the Big Four professional services firms, starting one new practice by the time
they’re 30 would be accomplishment enough. But KPMG’s Maura Hodge started two – and made partner at the age of 34. Hodge helped launch the firm’s sustainability services practice, meant to advise companies on their reporting of corporate responsibility initiatives, and its venture capital practice in Cambridge. She’s also active in mentoring women in the workplace: Over half of the management team in Hodge’s practice are women.

Three adjectives colleagues use that best describe you? Approachable. Efficient. Positive/upbeat

Advice you would give your younger self? Don’t be afraid to stand out and be different. Ask for help before you realize you need it. Align your work activities with your passions – you might not love what you do every moment of every day, but if your larger understanding of your work does not align with your values, then it’s time to make a change.

Your most unusual talent? Don’t think I have one!

What is your favorite book? "What is the What," by Dave Eggers

What are your hobbies? Cooking, knitting/crocheting, playing with my kids, traveling

Do you have a motto? There is inherent value in each person on this earth so we must treat each individual with dignity and respect.

Challenge the conventional. Create the exceptional. No Limits.