With Eileen Adao

On Episode 115 of The Unique CPA, Randy talks to Eileen Adao, Vice President of Strategy and Partnerships with Glean.ai. Eileen discusses her career journey from the Big Four to tech startups, and what she’s learned about the importance of culture, coaching, and diversity in creating an inclusive workplace where people can bring their authentic selves to work. She also details Glean.ai’s leveraging of AI to provide insights and efficient workflows for accountants.

Important Links


Eileen Adao on LinkedIn

About the Guest

Portrait of Eileen AdaoEileen Adao currently serves as Vice President of Strategy and Partnerships at Glean.ai, a tech startup with the stated goal to “power finance teams to spend intelligently,” and which utilizes AI to improve efficiency. Eileen has a wealth of experience in various areas of business, having started her career in the Big Four. In 2018, Eileen was recognized as one of Practice Ignition‘s Top 50 Women in Accounting, who emphasized her commitment to leveraging technology to streamline processes and allow individuals to prioritize other aspects of their lives. She has experience working with half a dozen startups, leading teams in various business development and strategic roles.

Eileen has a history of prioritizing DEI and giving back, becoming a Vice President of the National Association of Black Accountants after joining the organization in college. She earned her Bachelor’s in Accounting from Saint Mary’s College of California in 2006.

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.