From Burnout to Wellness with Lauren Baptiste

Randy Crabtree welcomes Lauren Baptiste to Episode 156 of The Unique CPA. A kindred spirit on the topic of mental health for professionals, Lauren shares her profound journey from CPA burnout to work-life balance. Her actionable insights into recognizing burnout, lifestyle changes, and redefining productivity in the accounting profession could very well make a difference to any listener who is looking to take the first step to changing the direction their career is taking them. Discover strategies for self-care, identifying signs of burnout in yourself and others, and more.

Important Links

Acheloa Wellness

Lauren Baptiste on LinkedIn

Lauren Baptiste on Instagram

Lauren’s 3 Steps to Healthy Boundaries

About the Guest

After 13 years at a Big Four accounting firm, Lauren Baptiste branched out and founded Acheloa Wellness to tackle the problem of “billable-hour burnout” that exists not just in the accounting profession, but all over the professional world. She has worked alongside consultants, attorneys, tax professionals and auditors, utilizing her passion for helping those that love what they do, but are experiencing burnout. A self-styled “corporate dropout turned Coach + CEO,” Lauren serves ambitious women professionals as their go-to burnout expert. 

Through her coaching program, she shows women how to end the “billable-hour burnout” cycle while enjoying their career instead of dreading it. She has created a handout titled 3 Steps to Healthy Boundaries to help guide those who are looking to understand their burnout and make the first move in doing something about it.


Meet the Host

Randy Crabtree, CPA

Randy Crabtree

Randy Crabtree, co-founder and partner of Tri-Merit Specialty Tax Professionals, is a widely followed author, lecturer and podcast host for the accounting profession.

Since 2019, he has hosted the “The Unique CPA,” podcast, which ranks among the world’s 5% most popular programs (Source: Listen Score). You can find articles from Randy in Accounting Today’s Voices column, the AICPA Tax Adviser (Tax-saving opportunities for the housing and construction industries) and he is a regular presenter at conferences and virtual training events hosted by CPAmerica, Prime Global, Leading Edge Alliance (LEA), Allinial Global and several state CPA societies. Crabtree also provides continuing professional education to top 100 CPA firms across the country.

Schaumburg, Illinois-based Tri-Merit is a niche professional services firm that specializes in helping CPAs and their clients benefit from R&D tax credits, cost segregation, the energy efficient commercial buildings deduction (179D), the energy efficient home credit (45L) and the employee retention credit (ERC).

Prior to joining Tri-Merit, Crabtree was managing partner of a CPA firm in the greater Chicago area. He has more than 30 years of public accounting and tax consulting experience in a wide variety of industries, and has worked closely with top executives to help them optimize their tax planning strategies.