Meet Crowe's ZeNai Brooks

Audit and Assurance senior staff and National Association of Black Accountants "Outstanding Member of the Year."

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| 7/30/2020
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ZeNai Brooks joined Crowe in December 2019 as a senior staff member in Audit and Assurance (AA) business. In her role, ZeNai is responsible for performing audits and other consulting services for public sector clients, including social organizations, universities, foundations and government entities. ZeNai also volunteers in the roles of regional president and national board member of the National Association of Black Accountants (NABA), and last month, she received the NABA Frank Ross National Outstanding Member of the Year. 

 Q: How has your involvement with NABA played a role in your professional life?

 A: Beginning in college, NABA helped mold and develop me as a professional, a leader, a public speaker and team player. I've had opportunities to lead teams locally and nationally, plan events for hundreds and thousands of students and professionals, engage with leaders and executives from companies of all sizes and lead strategic planning and initiatives. These skills and experiences have transferred to my professional career and have given me confidence and the professional technical skills needed to succeed. NABA's mission is to ensure a seat at the table for Black professionals and I have definitely been a recipient of that in various aspects. Most recently I have been challenged by leaders within the organization to finish my CPA license, which will indeed propel the next phase of my professional career.

 Q: In addition to NABA, you're involved with the Exchange at Indianapolis Urban League. What role do you play with that organization?

 A: The Exchange is the young professional arm of the Indianapolis Urban League, an organization that assists African-Americans, other minorities and disadvantaged individuals achieve social and economic equality. I joined the Exchange in 2016 as a part of the Leadership Fellowship program -- its purpose is to develop young professionals and propel them into community involvement and leadership. I am currently focusing on voter initiatives including education, registration and potentially hosting polling locations for the 2020 election. My involvement with the Exchange is an extension of my work with NABA and my church and includes volunteering and promoting activity in each of the five pillars.

 Q: What would people be surprised to learn about you?

 A: I am the first lady of a church. My husband is the pastor of New Liberty Missionary Baptist Church in Indianapolis and we dedicate a significant amount of time not only to ministry inside the church but also connecting the Bible to the community through various initiatives.

 Q: What do you enjoy doing outside of Crowe?

 A: I still have some competitive juices from being an athlete in high school and college. I played basketball, volleyball and track at Warren Central High School in Indianapolis and was awarded a scholarship to throw shot put and hammer as part of the University of Louisville Track team. So, I work out a lot. Last year I completed four Spartan Races and now am training to do some local CrossFit games.