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Angela M. Sebastian

Strategic Advisor

Angela (Angie) Sebastian is a strategic advisor and past Chief Executive Officer of Levenfeld Pearlstein, LLC.

Angela (Angie) Sebastian joined LP in its founding year of 1999 as its first Director of Finance. She served as Executive Director and then as CEO, both accompanied with full voting membership on the Executive and Compensation Committees. Angie has an MBA, is a CPA, and is certified by the International Coaching Federation as a leadership coach. One credential she doesn’t have is a JD. Angie pioneered a leadership model based on partnership of lawyer leaders and business leaders to run the firm. She offers two decades of proof that this model works.  She is a true champion of change and her influence is evident everywhere at LP. She is most proud of instituting a business strategy that is centered on the experience of LP clients known as The LP Way.

Angie Sebastian

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Education & Admissions

Education
  • Georgetown University, Graduate Certificate in Leadership Coaching
  • Keller Graduate School of Business, MBA
  • Governors State University, B.S. in Accountancy
  • Certified Public Accountant

Memberships

  • Illinois CPA Society and the American Institute for Certified Public Accountants
  • Board of Advisors for Catholic Charities of Chicago
  • Board of Trustees of Governors State University
  • CEO of Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago Northwest Indiana Camp

Awards

  • Women Worth Watching, Profiles in Diversity Journal, 2016
  • Women to Watch, Illinois CPA Society and American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, 2014

Q&A

  • What is your favorite quote?
    My favorite quote is by Margaret Mead: “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” I used this quote to close many a Girl Scout meeting when I was a troop leader. I often use it during my role at LP. I do not take “no” or “we can’t” as answers. There is much more power and fun in envisioning what’s possible than finding ways not to do something.

  • What is your most productive day of the week?
    Wednesday. I typically work outside of the office on Wednesdays. These days are dedicated to writing and thinking time for those long-term, non-urgent issues that require thoughtful consideration. A great mentor of mine taught me that “thinking is work.” There are four other days in the office for meetings, conferences, phone calls, and other urgent matters that require my attention. The discipline of carving dedicated time to thinking about where the firm is going and how I can help to effectively navigate the path serves the firm and ultimately our clients well. I find that I am far more effective when I take the time to consider the forest rather than just dodging trees.

  • What is the best compliment you ever received from a client?
    “We can never leave you now!” - This from a client who was one of our first to receive a dedicated extranet. Using a Microsoft SharePoint platform, we worked with technology experts to design and deliver a powerful tool that saves enormous time and energy for both the client and for LP. Based on this experience, we invested heavily into this technology and now have more than 30 clients using it. This proliferation of extranets was led by our Manager of Process Improvement, another testament to LP’s commitment to value for our clients.

“Angie is a great leader and never backs away from difficult tasks or decisions. She identifies issues and discusses necessary steps in order to resolve them. She encourages people to step forward into leadership roles and to take on as much as they are willing to handle.” —2016 LP Leadership Survey

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