We caught up with Deborah Ong, Manager at KPMG at the Women in Tax Lunch in Sydney last October.

As an emerging leader, Deborah says her advice to herself would be to embrace change.

“Change is always going to happen. It's here already,” she says.

“I would tell myself to not let fear stop me from doing the things that I want to do.

“That being fear of the unknown, fear of looking silly in a meeting, or just fear of change.”

In managing change, great leadership is also key, which is why Deborah says that “a great leader is someone who is selfless, genuinely cares about your well-being, someone that is hard working.

“Everyone that I have admired has been very hard working and just always willing to help you whenever you have a question,” she adds.

Deborah says future of tax will be very technology driven.

“Change is already here. There's digital and technological disruption and I think that people will need to think differently about how they currently do their processes,” she explains.

And this is where tax education comes in.

“Education has been really important in my development as a tax professional,” she says.

“It's just always been an area where it's very technical and if you're not up to date on the latest tax changes and implications, then you may fall behind the eight ball.

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