BlackLine Systems CEO & Founder to Speak at NYU Stern School of Business
Therese Tucker to address accounting, business students on how she’s built a fast-growing software company, how they can leverage technology to optimize accounting functions
LOS ANGELES – April 29, 2013 – Financial software provider BlackLine Systems CEO and Founder Therese Tucker has been invited to speak this week to accounting and business students at New York University’s (NYU) Stern School of Business. The session, sponsored by the Stern Accounting Society, Stern Women in Business and Stern Professional Development Society, is designed to offer guidance to students who will be graduating soon from a combined BS/MS program at NYU.
Drawing on her experience building BlackLine Systems from the ground up into the leading company in its space, Tucker will discuss how she got to where she is today, obstacles involved in starting a company and how she managed to continue to grow her company during a down economy into one of the fastest-growing software companies ever.
BlackLine Sr. Partner Implementations Consultant Jenny Pottle, formerly of KPMG LLP, also will be on-site at NYU to talk about career opportunities for accounting majors with the ‘Big 4’. Plus, they’ll both talk about how leveraging technology (such as the BlackLine Financial Close Suite) to automate processes can help new CPAs to be successful in their careers – whether working in-house in corporate accounting or with one of the ‘Big 4’ firms.
Under Tucker’s direction, BlackLine revenues were up by more than 50 percent year over year in 2010, 2011 and 2012 and are expected to grow by at least that pace in 2013. During the past several years, many new Fortune 500 companies have signed on to implement the BlackLine Financial Close Suite in a Software-as-a Service (SaaS) environment across their global organizations.
Tucker’s passion, persistence and effort have paid off with BlackLine ranking No. 15 on the 2012 list of the ‘50 Fastest’ Women-Owned/Led Companies in North America, as reported in The Wall St. Journal. BlackLine also has made the Software 500 ranking of the world’s largest and best-performing software companies for the past two years and the prestigious Inc. 500/5000 list for the past five years in a row.
Most recently, Tucker was honored earlier this year with a ‘2013 Enterprising Women of the Year Award’ from Enterprising Women magazine. A recognized leader and inspiration for young entrepreneurs and other women looking to excel in business, Tucker has spoken in front groups of accounting and business students at other leading U.S. universities including Harvard Business School.