Management Team

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Charbet M. Duckett, CPA, CGFM

Executive Director

Charbet Duckett is the executive director in Williams Adley. She provides financial, performance, and compliance audits, agreed-upon procedures engagements, financial statement preparation, federal financial management training, and audit assistance. Ms. Duckett is also responsible for staff development and training and our community service arm, WACares.

Ms. Duckett graduated magna cum laude from James Madison University with a Bachelor’s of Business Administration in Accounting. She is a Certified Public Accountant in the State of Virginia and participates as member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Association of Government Accountants, and the International Consortium of Government Financial Management. Prior to joining Williams Adley, Ms. Duckett served as senior accountant with Ernst & Young. Ms. Duckett is actively involved in civic pursuits that support the empowerment of women and youth, and that assist those looking to excel through membership in the National Council of Negro Women, the Asbury Broadneck United Methodist Church, and Zeta Phi Beta Sorority.

Q: What was your first job?

A: I worked as a cashier at a fast-food restaurant near my house so that I could walk to work if my mom could not take me to work. I usually worked the early shift at the drive thru. This prepared me for future roles in customer service.

Q: What do you believe brings clients to Williams Adley?

A: Clients come to Williams Adley because we have experienced personnel that perform quality work. We are also not too small or too large and thus, the clients have greater access to senior management personnel.

Q: How do you keep a competitive edge?

A: I keep competitive by attending conferences, being actively involved in professional organizations, and keeping current through electronic media. Therefore, my knowledge level is up and it generates ideas that can ultimately benefit my clients. Also, I take an active role in my engagements so that I have first-hand knowledge of the issues, the specifics, and the solutions.

Q: Name one of your talents that benefits clients most.

A: My collegial spirit makes receiving findings and discussions of issues as painless and direct as possible while I communicate with the clients and my team without being adversarial. I am able to focus on customer service and maintaining auditor independence as a non-stereotypical auditor.

Q: How do you spend your time outside of the office?

A: My time away from work is spent on civic pursuits, family activities, reading a variety of books, and watching cooking shows.

Q: What quote or saying guides your professional and/or personal life?

A: Servant leadership

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