Anthony Reed travels around the world speaking about leadership and project management and shares his insight on the connection between education and success. Reed taught courses part-time at several colleges in the Dallas/Fort Worth area while working full-time. Reed has also served as project manager at the Superconducting Super Collider Laboratory; as an IT manager at Ernst & Young, and Texas Instruments, and as a development manager at the DFW International Airport Board. He is an avid runner and has written several books, including “Running to Leadership: What Finishing 100+ Marathons on All Seven Continents Teaches Us About Success.”
Tell me about your education.
“I wrote my first computer program in high school. During the summers, I worked as a camp counselor and would organize kids into teams. I realized I had a knack for organizing people and projects. I double-majored in mathematics and management at Webster University. In college, I was interested in operations research, which is now called supply chain management. It is the ability to take a look at business processes with the goal to improve and automate them – basically logistics.”
Why did you pursue two master’s degrees?
“A sign on my desk reads, ‘When you’re through learning, you’re through.’ I consider myself a life-long learner. I understood that in order for me to stand out from the crowd of my competitors, what some people thought was optional, for me I thought it was mandatory. I earned my first master’s degree at night in business management at Abilene Christian University, and that helped me move into management. As I steadily climbed the corporate ladder, companies sought people who had good verbal communication, writing and financial management skills. In order to demonstrate competency in those areas, I started writing articles and speaking at seminars. In order to prove my financial aptitude, I returned to school, again at night, and earned a master’s degree in accounting at the University of Texas at Dallas. I was in the college National Accounting Honor Society and passed the CPA exam.”
How have you utilized your advanced degrees?
“I used the knowledge from my degrees and the experience I gained working with experts in other fields to run my own business Anthony Reed CPA, PC. Most business owners are knowledgeable of one area in business; however, my degrees gave me the knowledge of multiple areas in business, such as sales and marketing, technology, accounting, writing and speaking.”
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