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Golden Key is excited to introduce Mayako Toki, one of Golden Key’s 2020 Professional Development Award winners. Mayako earned her Associate’s degree in Business Administration and Management from El Camino College in 2013, and her Bachelor’s in Accountancy from California State University Long-Beach in 2015.

“I am very grateful and honored to receive this 2020 Professional Development Award from the honor society I joined seven years ago at a university,” Mayako says. “It has been six years since I graduated from a university, but I still remember my struggles and the great deal of efforts I made at a university majoring in accountancy.”

Mayako has always been a very dedicated student and pushed herself to do her very best.

“I invested all of my time studying to get knowledge of accounting,” Mayako shares. “I still have a memory of day-to-day struggling to keep my GPA high to get a better job. Because of my efforts, I had received three honours and Dean’s List when I was attending the university. I remember that the invitation letters and awards from the honor societies always gave me confidence and motivation.”

Mayako decided to keep building on her knowledge even after graduating from university.

“My journey of studying was not ended even after graduating from a university,” Mayako explains. “Even though I graduated from a university, I had to keep studying as a CPA and as a professional. Even after I was done with my school life, I studied hard for the CPA exams. Even after I passed the CPA exam, my accounting job has required me to continuously study to acquire updated knowledge of accounting as a BIG4 professional.”

Mayako has dedicated a lot of her time to the betterment of her life.

“Becoming and being a CPA has not been easy that I have to sacrifice a lot of my time for studying, but the Golden Key has always been with me to encourage me to become a better professional for the past seven years,” Mayako mentions. “For more than seven years, the Golden Key reminds me that things I have been doing in my professional path are right and great.”

Despite Mayako joining Golden Key over seven years ago, she is still an active member.

“Even years are passed by; the Golden Key watches me, is with me, and sends this grateful award from the U.S. to Japan,” Mayako reveals. “Winning this award shows studying brings more value than I expect. So, I will continue to study even after this award is received, believing in ‘An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.’”

Mayako is very grateful for everyone who has helped her to get to where she is.

“Again, I am very thankful to everyone who has supported me for my professional development and grateful for being a member of the Golden Key Honor Society, and honored to receive this 2020 Professional Development Award,” Mayako says. “Thank the Golden Key very much for the past seven years, and thank the Golden Key for the continuous support even now.”

Thank you for being a part of the Golden Key family, Mayako; we wish you the best of luck in all your endeavors!

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