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Julie R. James, CPA – 2020 40 Under 40 Honoree

Julie James CPA

Julie R. James, CPA – 2020 40 Under 40 Honoree

Examination Review Board Audit Manager
National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA)

Career highlights:

    • Licensed as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in Tennessee (and a reciprocal license in Georgia)
    • United Way Atlanta Volunteer Involvement Program (VIP) Fellow (Summer 2017 Class)
    • Appointed to TSCPA’s ACE Committee (2019 and 2020)
    • Profile highlighted by LeanIn Nashville (2020)
    • New Leaders Council (NLC) Nashville Fellow (2020 Cohort)
    • Selected as one of the 2020 40 Under 40 in the Accounting Profession by CPA Practice Advisor magazine

What are you doing to make a difference in the profession, your community, the world?

Outside of my day job, I commit my time to a platform of education and awareness of the profession by volunteering with the National Association of Black Accountants (NABA) and the Tennessee Society of CPAs (TSCPA).  I have also started my own firm and am working in private practice on a part-time basis.  The overall goal is to become a trusted advisor in the community that helps clients achieve their short and long-term financial goals and educate them on influential factors that pertain to their overall financial wellness.

Favorite books/websites/podcasts/speakers that you find influential


  • Don’t Settle for Safe by Sara Jakes Roberts
  • Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg
  • Relationships 101 by John C. Maxwell
  • The Perfect Board by Calvin Clemons
  • Acting Up by Janice Bryant Howroyd


  • Choose FI
  • Ted Talks Daily
  • The John Maxwell Leadership Podcast
  • Girl CEO

See all of the 2020 “40 Under 40” honorees.