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2018 40 Under 40: Jean Nyberg, 38

Partner, BKD LLP

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Jean Nyberg is a true BKD LLP leader. She still looks forward to coming to work every day. In fact, she’s unable to imagine another job in another building, without the co-workers she calls intelligent and driven. After all, they selected her as part of the inaugural class of the Sky women’s initiative program at BKD to promote and emphasize diversity throughout practice units and the firm. Nyberg also has collaborated as part of a team of individuals in the Southern Missouri practice unit, working with BKD’s health system clients. Her proudest accomplishment to date, however, is being elected by her peers as partner at the accounting firm. Outside of the workplace, Nyberg has continued to show commitment to her community, serving most of her six-year term on the Child Advocacy Center Inc. board as treasurer before exceeding her term limits.

What are you doing to make the Ozarks better? Buying local. My husband and I really like going to the farmers market on Saturday mornings at Farmers Park.

What was your professional aha moment? One of the partners I work for put me on the spot and said, “At some point you have to decide if you are in or if you are out.” That is when I realized I couldn’t think of anything else I would rather do than work in public accounting.

What about your job would shock clients? The limited amount of math that is actually done on a daily basis. A lot of my day is spent reading industry information, helping coordinate the team and checking email.

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