About Helena

Tax - Banking and Capital Markets

Helena joined the Banking & Capital markets Tax Practice as an Associate. She was promoted to Manager in 2006 and transferred to the Financial Services Practice in Florida. She has since returned in 2008 to Banking & Capital Markets, as a lead Director serving the institutional private equity subsector. Most recently, Helena served as a Tax Tour Representative in the Professional Development Program and has deftly managed her responsibilities in the office and as a mother of two with another one on the way.

Helena's story

  • 2012 Became the lead director on institutional private equity
  • 2010 Maternity leave
  • 2008 Returned to the Banking Capital Markets tax practice as the lead director
  • 2006 Promoted to manager and transferred to the FS practice in Florida
  • 1999 Joined the Banking Capital Markets tax practice as an associate

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  • Q: Describe the support you had from PwC when you decided to return to graduate school.

    A: I took the GMAT and applied to graduate schools while I was an Associate. I went to Fordham University for an MBA in Finance with a concentration in Tax. It took a bit of juggling but everyone was very excited for me and accommodated my needs. I did half the year part-time and half the year as a full-time employee and graduated in four years.

  • Q: What has been most influential moment in your career?

    A: The transfer to the Florida market was one of the most life changing experiences for me career-wise. I worked with a Partner that challenged me and pushed me to my limits. He taught me to speak up, share my opinions and realize what an asset I could be to an office. That experience proved to be valuable upon my return to the New York office.

  • Q: How did you arrange your work schedule when you left for your first maternity leave in 2010?

    A: I was allowed to work from home and create a personalized schedule that worked best for myself, my family, and my team. I am lucky to work at a firm that is sensitive to people’s priorities.

  • Q: How did you get involved with the Professional Development Program in 2011?

    A: When I came back from maternity leave, I went to one of the partners I worked with and relayed that I was looking to distinguish myself from everyone else and grow my partner admission application. We felt the Professional Development Program was an excellent opportunity to gain more experience and stand out from my peers.