My Professional Bio
My name is René Lashley Jarrett. I am an entrepreneur who loves using my creative gifts. I was born and raised in Bridgeport, Connecticut, where I lived most of my life. I studied Communication and Journalism at Southern Connecticut State University and graduated with a 3.63 GPA. After earning my degree, I met Morris Jarrett. We married and made Virginia our new home.
When I arrived in Virginia, KPMG hired me as a Financial Coordinator. After eight years of working in Finance and Accounting, I transferred to the Audit team as an administrative professional for Audit Partners. During that time, I heard about the International Association of Administrative Professionals (IAAP). I thought it would be a good idea to join the organization to bring more value to my new position. Since there was no local chapter, I started the Northern Virginia Chapter of IAAP and served as president. Later, I studied for and passed the Certified Administrative Professional (CAP) exam. All IAAP local chapters disbanded five years later, and IAAP reorganized as one global organization. With the former Northern Virginia Chapter members' support, I created the global Virginia Professional Administrative Network (NoVA PAN), a non-stock corporation.
In the meantime, I remained involved at KPMG as a member of the African-American Network, the Employee Process Council, and the KPMG Network of Women (KNOW). I was also the Tysons Office Lead for KPMG Family for Literacy (KFFL). This national program partnered with First Book to put millions of books into underprivileged children's hands. I also co-built the KPMG Toastmasters Club.
In March 2020, I retired from KPMG. I am currently focusing on my non-profit and my LLC. Now I can use all my skills, tools, and experience to provide services for my clients at Professional Administrative Virtual Executive Solutions (PAVES LLC).