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Kristin L. Ingram

7/14/2017
Photo | J. Fiereck Photography
Photo | J. Fiereck Photography
Age: 37

Company: University of Hartford and Ingram Digital Media Inc.

Title: Director of Graduate Programs in Accounting (UHart) and CEO (IDM)

Town where I live: Windsor

Town where I work: West Hartford/Windsor

College: University of Hartford

Fun Fact

I have been married for over 16 years to my best friend and business partner, Jeffery W. Ingram.

Q&A:

What do you do in your current job? At the University of Hartford, I help accounting graduate students meet their professional and education goals through our mission to help our students become competent, confident and connected. At Ingram Digital Media Inc., I create educational resources to assist accounting students and small business owners through inspiration, education and empowerment.

What are your goals in your current job? At UHart, my goal is to provide the best student experience through excellent customer service and quality curriculum that prepares students for today's workforce. At IDM, my goal is to provide the best educational resources to nearly 1 million accounting students and small business owners we serve each year.

What's your biggest passion? I am passionate about education as I believe it is the key to unlocking a successful future. I love teaching in a way that makes information accessible to anyone with an internet connection. Through our website, AccountingInFocus.com, and our podcast, Small Biz Life, we have been able to reach people all over the globe. It is truly amazing what we can do when we use technology for good.

What are your future professional aspirations? I want to teach 100 million accounting students and small business owners through our online platforms and make the University of Hartford MSAT program one of the top programs in the country.

How are you involved in the community? I provide free educational resources to accounting students and small business owners to help them achieve the level of success they deserve, no matter their financial resources. I have also served on many nonprofit and town boards, including the Windsor Board of Education.

If you were governor of Connecticut for a day what is one policy you'd push to improve the state's future? I would make it easier for small businesses to do business in Connecticut by streamlining all the state services for small businesses into one online location. As small business owners, we regularly deal with the Secretary of the State, Department of Revenue Services, Department of Labor, and Department of Consumer Protection, among others. By consolidating these offices online, we could save small business owners time and money, while also saving the state money over the long term. Creating a more business friendly environment is a critical piece of Connecticut's recovery.

List four reasons why you deserve to be a 40 Under Forty: Founded a CPA firm at the age of 27, after beating cancer. Became one of the youngest program directors at the University of Hartford, a program I graduated from in 2006. Served as the chair of the finance committee on the Windsor Board of Education, responsible for a $66 million budget. Taught over 990,000 accounting students and small business owners through our online platforms in 2016.

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