Magnolia is a licensed attorney in the Republic of the Philippines and the State of Colorado. She worked for the “Big 4” as a tax attorney for more than sixteen years. Magnolia started her career in Ernst & Young (EY) Philippines where she represented the firm’s clients before the Philippine Court of Tax Appeals, Bureau of Internal Revenue, and the Philippine Securities and Exchange Commission. She was also a law professor in top universities in the Philippines including her Alma Mater, the University of the Philippines, where she was one of the youngest faculty members ever appointed.
She later moved to the United States, joining EY’s International Tax Services (Chicago and Denver offices), where she led complex international tax projects. Beginning in 2013, Magnolia single-handedly built EY’s Southwest Region Global Compliance and Reporting (GCR)-Global Services middle market practice from start-up into a thriving multi million dollar practice. She managed global compliance and reporting for middle market to Fortune 10 companies in different sectors, and led teams consisting of a network of 10,000 professionals located in more than 160 countries.
Magnolia is a featured speaker in women’s events, including Executive Women’s Summit – Annual Co-ed and Multigenerational Event: Unconscious Bias, and Women of TiE Denver and Executive Women Connecting – Grit, Gumption, and Greatness: Celebrating Women Entrepreneurs.
Magnolia obtained her Political Science (BA) and Law (JD) degrees from the University of the Philippines, and her Master’s Degree in Law (LL.M.) in Taxation from the University of Denver. She has an Enrolled Agent status with the Internal Revenue Service.