Not long ago, Becky Booth stepped back, assessed her career path, and realized she was proud of what she had achieved. After gaining years of tax accounting experience, she was recruited to serve as tax manager for Starwood Capital Group, then promoted to tax director.
But she wanted to accomplish more. “I felt like I had reached the highest level possible without an advanced degree, but I wanted to keep growing,” Booth said. “I want to be the best I can be.”
Booth needed to earn additional credentials and expand her knowledge in specific tax areas to reach her goals. Through interactions with Robinson alums over the years, Booth learned that the Master of Taxation program at the Robinson College of Business is highly respected in the field. She took a leap, enrolled, and immediately began building skills in corporate taxation and data analytics.
Through group projects, Booth conducted tax research and addressed modern tax problems through models built with a combination of data tools. Every single class exposed her to tangible skills allowing her to “speak a new language in taxation.”
Then there’s the high-caliber faculty, who bring real-world experience to the classroom.
“The faculty consists of directors, partners, and senior leaders at some of the world’s biggest companies and law firms,” Booth said. “They offer knowledge students can immediately apply to their work.”
Booth graduated this month and already has started a new job as director of tax at Lidl US, an international discount retailer chain that operates more than 11,000 stores across Europe and the United States. She thinks the hiring team was attracted to her well-rounded industry experience as well as her knowledge of a variety of tax sectors.
“Anyone who wants to move up in the field should consider earning a Master of Taxation from Robinson,” Booth said. “The program opened up more opportunities and options than I even imagined.”