Bonnie ?Mistretta Hunt

Bonnie ?Mistretta Hunt

Director, Postlethwaite & Netterville

According to a 2009 study by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, women represent 61.1% of all accountants and auditors. As large as that number is though, only 7.3% of the Fortune 500 chief financial officers are women. A similar study found that women are taking on accounting leadership and partner roles faster in smaller firms. That’s where Bonnie Mistretta Hunt comes in. Hunt was named a director at Postlethwaite & Netterville in June, at the age of 37—working to improve those odds while also being a single mother.

Hunt loves what she does, from working with large corporate clients to recruiting new employees on college campuses. She says she loves giving young graduates advice on how to land a job. “We get to give presentations to student organizations,” she says. “What to say and what not to say on an interview.” She also answers questions from nervous graduates about how much she works and how she balances everything. “You have to set boundaries,” says Hunt—something she has done well.

Hunt not only manages staff at Postlethwaite & Netterville and drives her 11-year-old son Carter to school and football practices, but she also volunteers with several organizations. She is heavily involved with the creation of Knock Knock Children’s Museum. “It is an organization that really has my passion,” she says.

But Hunt is generous with her efforts. She’s a board member for the Construction Finance Management Association and has volunteered for organizations like Friends of the Baton Rouge Zoo and the Society of Louisiana Certified Public Accountants. But Hunt admits her energy is not boundless; she just knows how to set her limits. “Figuring out how to make it all work,” she says, “being a mother and being a professional,” is essential.

Age: 37

If you could have a job other than your own, what would it be? “I might write children’s books. Or I’m a shopper and whenever I’m buying lipsticks I always laugh at the names on the bottom. I might name lipsticks. But I love what I do. I don’t think I can imagine doing anything else.”

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