August 28, 2020

Anita Mahamed: Partner at Wipfli LLP

What do you do?

Partner at Wipfli LLP.  I lead the Construction & Real Estate practice for the Madison market.

If you could share a meal with any 4 individuals, living or dead, who would they be?  

My grandparents.  I really miss their stories.

What was your first job?  

Rock picking & bailing hay on the family farm

Favorite Hoan event?  

Bus trip from Madison to Milwaukee with tour of Fiserv Forum, etc

Song you'd sing at Karaoke?  

You May Be Right by Billy Joel

Favorite/least favorite part of your job?

Favorite: helping clients strategize & save money on taxes.  Least favorite: crazy tax season hours

Book/podcast you’re listening to right now?  

The Color of Law (for the next Hoan book club)!

Biggest pet peeve?  

Bad drivers

What skill would you like to master?

Foreign language.  I know enough Spanish to get by but I’d love to be fluent, and I’d love to expand on my Russian and learn others as well.

What’s the best way to start the day?

 Snuggles with my kids

What are some things you’ve had to unlearn?

My parents taught me that being on time really means being 15 minutes early.  Still trying not to get to places too early (sorry Ben Schmidt!).

What is the most annoying question that people ask you?

Do I like or use Turbo Tax.

What drew you to join Hoan?

 The talented leaders already in the group and the chance to make more connections.

What could you give a 40-minute presentation on with absolutely no preparation?  

Business & Personal Income Taxation

What do you wish your brain was better at doing?  

Foreign language fluency

What are your hobbies, and how did you get into them?  

Travel & running. I started running when I was 10 because I was bored and lived in the middle of nowhere, loved it from the start.

What’s the best and worst piece of advice you’ve ever received?

 Best: Travel as much as you can  Worst: Foreign travel is too dangerous

What was the last show you binge-watched?

Succession

What’s your "Death Row Meal?"

Chicken Tikka Masala with Garlic Naan; Gail Ambrosius truffles for dessert

What originally got you interested in your current field of work?

I’m good with numbers and didn’t want to work on the family farm

What career advice would you give to your younger self?

Don’t be afraid to ask questions

If you could do it all over again, would you pursue the same career? Why or why not?

 Yes, I love that my career is challenging, flexible and I can help people.

What do you regret not doing in the last year?

I did a lot of travel pre-COVID but I missed out on traveling to Russia in July

How are you handling COVID/how has it affected you?  It really changed my daily life – I almost never drive, work remotely, and I spent most of the summer in my backyard for the first time.  But it’s been nice to keep things simple – lots of extra time with the family, gardening, evenings by the fire pit.

A genie gives you three wishes—what are they?

1. Beam myself anywhere, any time (like Star Trek) 2. Happy & healthy family  3. Peace on Earth

What was the first thing you wanted to be when you grew up?

Astronaut

Favorite spot in Milwaukee/Madison?  

Picnic point or Tenney Park pier

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