October Member Spotlight: Chelsea Carter, Partner

For the October Member Spotlight, we are featuring Chelsea Carter with Morgenstern Waxman Ellershaw, LLC.

Tell us a bit about yourself and your business.

Chelsea is currently a partner at Morgenstern Waxman Ellershaw. She graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Rowan University in 2004 and received her Pennsylvania CPA Certification in 2010. She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

Chelsea has been with MWE since 2004. She has handled a variety of business tax and accounting matters for clients in real estate, professional services, manufacturing, retail and wholesale, and foreign entities. Her expertise is in these areas, as well as serving small business owners, entrepreneurs, and high net worth individuals with personal tax matters.

In addition to her work with MWE, Chelsea has been a member of the Board of Trustees of Oaks Integrated Care, a not-for-profit organization in South Jersey, since 2012. She was elected Co-Secretary/Treasurer of the Board in January, 2014. Chelsea has also been an active board member of Military Assistance Project, located in Philadelphia, since June, 2015.

Chelsea lives in South Philadelphia where she purchased her first home in 2014. She spends her free time with her family and her twin nephews in the suburbs, her friends in Philadelphia, running and traveling.

Do you have a tip or tool that has helped you in your business?

Be forward thinking, solution-oriented, hardworking and authentic. I’ve also been lucky to have found a few mentors over the years and have been able to ask for help or advice when I need it; the other partners of my firm, especially, are invaluable resources to me.

Do you have a quote to share and inspire other members?

I’m not very good at picking great quotes! I have a lot of favorites. Warren Buffett is someone I find very inspirational. I love his quote “the chains of habit are too light to be felt until they are too heavy to be broken.” It reminds me that when things aren’t “working” or moving in a direction I want them to, it’s time for me to get uncomfortable and break some old patterns. (I’m not sure if that’s inspirational…but it is meaningful to me.)

What is your go to business mindset or productivity book that has helped you in your life and business? 

There is always something to learn and always ways to improve. There are lessons in everything we do, especially the difficult and painful things; the places where mistakes can feel like failures, but are really opportunities for growth. I never want to stop growing in my career. I’m proud to have made partner with my firm, but I am not done. There is a lot left.

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