NIU #ELGLInspire Speaker: Rita Kruse

Posted on April 24, 2019


#ELGLInspire’s last stop for the 2019 academic year! ELGL is headed to Northern Illinois University on April 26, 2019! Learn more about our event speakers in these brief profiles, and connect with them on social media before and after the event!

Rita Kruse

Rita Kruse

Finance Manager, City of Geneva


What was the very first paying job you held (that you paid taxes on)? 

Carson’s (the department store) in accessories

What was your: undergraduate institution? Graduate institution? What was/were your degree(s) in? 

NIU- Accountancy, MPA, (also a CPA)

What class(es) (if any) are applicable to your job today? 

My master’s classes, none of my accounting, as GASB 34 was being implemented and I had a handwritten manuscript as a book.

Do you have a work or life motto? What is it? 


What book are you currently reading? Would you recommend it? 

I am starting the Passage next week, should be done by the 26th.

Other than ELGL – do you belong to any other professional associations? Which one(s)? 

Illinois Government Finance Officers Association (Past President, Currently GFOA State Rep), Government Finance Officers Association, Association of International Certified Professional Accountants, Illinois CPA Society

What’s the best networking advice for job seekers you’ve heard or shared? 

Network with everyone you know, they may be part of your career later in life.

What’s the fastest way to NOT get a job or internship with you? (e.g. what should potential applicants avoid doing if they were to ever interview with you for a position). 

Not knowing about the community you are applying at, with robust website, data and information is in abundance.

Why should an undergraduate student consider a career working in local government?

A career in government will allow you to help a community grow.

RSVP today for #ELGLInspire!

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