Kari Foss

Kari Foss

Manager - Corporate Immigration Law, KPMG Law
Frankfurt, Germany
Law, 2014

"Know what you’re worth and always negotiate your salary. Your time and talents are valuable, and the truth is, most people earn lower than what they deserve. Everybody wants a discount, and everybody wants to save – make it your mission to decipher your worth and make sure you are remunerated for it!"

Q&A with Kari:

Describe your current educational or professional pursuits.

I am the manager of KPMG Law's immigration practice located in Frankfurt, Germany. My team supports and provides legal advice to German companies investing and sending their workforce to the U.S. For instance, companies I work with send over 2,000 employees to the U.S. for work and business – my team ensures that the employees have the correct visa and work permit by filing visa petitions and applications to the U.S. government.

A research fellowship I received in my third year of law school brought me to Germany. During the fellowship, I researched anti-trust law and its effect on local farmers in Europe and the United States. I am currently attending an executive MBA program at the Frankfurt School of Business, focusing on innovation and business development.

How did your USD experience influence your career path?

The constant support of classmates, professors and friends at USD School of Law had the greatest influence on my career. The atmosphere at USD was collaborative yet competitive for us to develop and improve.

My classmates and friends were from different backgrounds with diverse experiences, which allowed us to have intellectually stimulating conversations. I have very fond memories of Game of Thrones watch parties, girls' trips to Minneapolis and our weekend rounds of the local bars. I learned from them to be more self-aware, kinder to others and myself.

From Professor Frank Pommersheim's engaging recitals of his Budda poems to Professor Sean Kammer's enthusiasm over water rights – I had many inspirational and positive role models. They instilled in me that I have the ability to make a positive change in society.

Overall, the relationships I made at USD helped me be more confident in who I am. With this in mind, I have had the courage to move to different cities and countries, speak different languages, learn other cultures and make lateral and vertical shifts within my industry. I am happy with my achievements under the age of 30 and truly thankful for the support of my friends, classmates and professors.

Tell us about your proudest achievement.

I do not have a single proudest achievement. One rolling achievement I have is that I am trying to constantly self-reflect. I try hard to be mindful of my actions and responses both in work and personal life. When you are constantly reflecting, you can make obstacles into opportunities and be grateful for past successes, while always moving forward.

What was your USD experience like? Were you involved in any campus organizations or activities?

At USD School of Law, I was the university representative for the American Bar Association where I represented South Dakota in local and national American Bar Association conferences. I was the curriculum co-chair for Law Students for Reproductive Justice. In this role, I worked with the dean of the law school and other classmates to form a 'Sexuality in the Law' course on campus. It was one of the most interesting courses with attention-grabbing conversations. I was a mentor for first-year law students and a member of Women in Law.

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