Kastler sees the value in these policies and programs for the firm. “The more of those things that we can do and engage people in the company… the higher likelihood we’ll have people that want to stay,” she says. These initiatives can also help develop talent. “While there’s a growing trend for more diversity, leadership is predominantly still male driven, not only in our company but probably [at] a lot of accounting firms,” Kastler says. “There are a lot of initiatives to try to change that, but sometimes it just takes time to get people developed into a place where they can step into those roles.” At Elliott, Robinson & Company, these investments are paying off: all six managers are women.
Recently, Kastler has realized she needs to focus her energy on herself, too. Facing some burnout, she found an executive coach and is being more intentional about creating time for herself. “Where I found I can get the most of it is really driving,” Kastler says. In the quiet, she can digest her day before coming home to her kids and her husband, Neil, or she can simply be. “Perfection is an idea that I like to think [about], but it’s absolutely an unattainable goal,” she says. “I’m just trying to be really the best version of me every day.”
Just like Kastler isn’t afraid to go after what she wants, she’s also not afraid to share her ambition: become Elliott, Robinson & Company’s first female managing partner. “I don’t think I’ll be the next managing partner, and I’m really okay with that,” she says. She figures she’ll have more life experience and sharper leadership skills to bring to the table in the future. “My male partners around here have been very supportive of everything that I’ve done, so I can’t imagine that this would be something that they wouldn’t support,” Kastler says. For now, she’ll keep striving to do and be her best and let her work lead her forward.