Women in Business



Hilary Marx, director of risk advisory services, helps clients identify, assess and monitor risks that can be mitigated by processes or internal controls. Marx enjoys her job because it allows her to apply a creative approach to business challenges while working within the bounds of a structured methodology. Marx’s other professional passion is identifying talent in employees who might be overlooked at other corporate firms. “I encourage my team to retain their individuality while achieving a high-level of professionalism,” said Marx. “Many clients mention how refreshing it is to work with a team that has personality .”

Personally, she enjoys spending time with her husband, an attorney, and two active little boys. Marx is a board member and treasurer of the Historical Society of Central Florida, which operates the Orange County Regional History Center. Her family is also active in the Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando.

Lynn Sedwick, tax partner, leads RSM’s tax practice in Orlando and is the southeast leader of the firm’s STAR (Stewardship and Teamwork for the Advancement and Retention of Women) employee network group. She is  motivated to help talented women stay in the public accounting profession and to move up in the ranks. “Public accounting is seen as a career where working moms cannot flourish,” said Sedwick, “but that isn’t a valid perception. The field is very demanding, but it allows for a great deal of flexibility.” To support female colleagues, STAR hosts programs to highlight topics of interest to professional women, such as work/life integration, delegation and networking.

Sedwick met her husband two months after moving to Orlando in 2013. She has two stepdaughters (19 and 16) and two golden retrievers. Sedwick is also an avid kickboxer. “A morning workout kick-starts my day better than caffeine,” she said.

Stephanie Gardner, senior tax manager, has more than 14 years of public accounting experience. She works closely with businesses and focuses on real estate, commercial construction and professional services industries. Being in public accounting means no two days are the same,” said Gardner. Her daily activities range from working with her staff to meet tax deadlines, to connecting with clients to discuss tax planning, to attending community events and making new connections. 

Gardner is the treasurer for ATHENA Orlando Women’s Leadership. As a former NextGen participant, she saw the impact ATHENA has on the community and is excited to give back by serving on the board. She also runs half-marathons and enjoys cheering on the Florida Gators.

Mari Chumley, senior tax manager, serves corporate tax clients in the middle market. She was born and raised in Tokyo, Japan and never lived outside  the country until she attended the Fisher School of Accounting at the University of Florida. She still remembers arriving at the small airport in Gainesville at midnight with two suitcases, which is the moment she says changed her forever. Throughout her career, she has always taken steps to move forward, from discussing tax planning ideas with clients and prospects, to learning new tax regulations and changes in the law. “Even though some steps may seem small, they add up over time and can lead you to a place where you truly enjoy what you do,” she said.

Chumley loves spending time with her husband, an assistant county attorney for Volusia County, and her 6-year-old twin daughters. As a Florida Gator, she also looks forward to supporting her alma mater on game day.

Katrina Rote, assurance senior manager, started her career with RSM straight out of college. The most exciting aspects of her work include relationship-building and mentoring others. Rote helps lead the firm’s STAR network and is honored to work with influential women within the company and across the community. “RSM has given me a platform to embrace what I value in life: faith, family, travel, work and giving back,” said Rote. “I’m fortunate to have a successful career and to have mentors who have helped guide me.”

When she is not working, Rote is outside, on the water, spending time with her 7-year-old daughter. As a mother, Rote tries to teach her the importance of hard work and discipline, as well as donating time and resources to help those in need.


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