Kimberly Ellison-Taylor and Genna Garver are champions for diversity and inclusion. They talk with Chris & Kurt about actionable steps to promote diversity and inclusion in the accounting and legal professions.
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Genna Garver provides targeted, practical advice to investment advisers and their proprietary private investment funds. The private funds Genna advises implement a variety of investment strategies and structures, including hedge funds, private equity funds, private credit funds, and funds of funds and other managers. Genna also represents institutional investors, funds of funds and family offices in connection with their private fund investments. Her clients appreciate the close personal attention she provides to help them navigate the complex maze of investment regulation.
Genna routinely advises clients on formation and offering matters for both domestic and offshore funds; SEC and state investment adviser, broker-dealer and private fund regulation; Investment Advisers Act compliance programs, annual reviews and ongoing compliance matters; and regulatory examinations and investigations. She also has extensive experience representing financial institutions in a variety of transactional and regulatory matters.
Kimberly Ellison-Taylor is a Global Technology and Finance leader with over 29 years of career achievements. She is the Chief Executive Officer of KET Solutions, LLC, a consulting firm focused on business growth, innovation, strategy, transformation, and inclusive leadership. Kimberly is a sought-after keynote speaker and has received many awards and recognitions for her expertise and leadership, including Accounting Today’s Top 100 Most Influential People in Accounting and CPA Practice Advisor’s 25 Most Powerful Women in Accounting.
For almost 17 years, Kimberly served in global leadership roles for Oracle Corporation. Kimberly advised C-Suite Executives on cloud solutions that innovate and transform business. Kimberly is also an adjunct professor for Carnegie Mellon University’s Chief Information Officer Certificate program teaching Emerging Technologies & Innovation. She is also an independent board director for Mutual of Omaha, US Bancorp, and EverCommerce.
Other professional achievements include tenure at Prince George’s County Government, KPMG, Motorola, and NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. Kimberly has an undergraduate degree in Information Systems from the University of Maryland Baltimore County, an MBA from Loyola University, an Accounting Certificate from Baltimore County Community College, and a Master of Science from Carnegie Mellon University in Information Technology Management, as well as a Chief Information Officer certificate. She is a Certified Public Accountant, Certified Global Management Accountant, and Certified Information Systems Auditor.
Kimberly has volunteered in the profession for over 20 years, including leadership positions as Chairman of the American Institute of CPAs, Chairman of the Association of Certified Professional Accountants, and Chairman of the Maryland Association of CPAs. Kimberly is the Chair-elect for the AICPA’s National Commission on Diversity and Inclusion, and is also the incoming President-elect for Beta Alpha Psi. Ellison-Taylor is also the Chairman of the Maryland Association of CPAs Education Foundation.
In her personal life, Kimberly is also committed to volunteerism and has served in various leadership positions, including as a President for her local chapter of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc., a community service organization that serves women, youth, families, seniors and the military. She is a Life Member of Sigma Gamma Rho and also a Lifetime member of the National Association of Black Accountants — Kimberly is in the Baltimore Chapter.