Steve DiPietro ’81
In professions as dynamic as accounting and auditing, business schools must keep current with the changing skills they teach to students, says CPA Stephen DiPietro, a partner at Deloitte. He was pleased to join the Girard School’s Accounting Curriculum Committee, providing advice and guidance to help shape the school’s expanding curriculum.
“I’ve been impressed with its recognition of the significant changes in the accounting and auditing professions over the last decade and the need to involve the business community through alumni relationships,” said DiPietro, who leads Deloitte’s New England Growth Enterprise Services practice. “The college has also recognized the need to continually enhance its curriculum to provide today’s students with the necessary and evolving skills required for these professions.”
DiPietro appreciates the mentors of his career, especially his first boss, William Shaheen ’76, a founder and principal of Shaheen, Pallone & Associates. Shaheen and John Pallone ’77, another founder and principal, are also members of the Accounting Curriculum Committee. “I believe we all have an obligation to pay it forward and give back,” DiPietro said.
At last fall’s Accounting Networking luncheon, he talked one-on-one with students about professional development. The level of their questions surprised him.
“They really want to understand today’s business environment and how they will be able to contribute,” DiPietro said. “They are not at all intimidated by the experience level or the success of individuals with whom they have the opportunity to interact, which is significantly different from when I was in their shoes.”