When experts make suggestions on how to improve the efficacy of diversity and inclusion initiatives in the workplace, they often focus on what firm leadership can do. But Jina Etienne says that actually might be one of the reasons why D&I programs often aren't as successful as they could be. Instead, they should include middle managers.
Mary T. Washington Wylie in 1943 became the nation’s first Black woman to earn the CPA license, a notable achievement in a remarkable life filled with many accomplishments. Washington Wylie also made it her life’s mission to hire and mentor Black aspiring CPAs. Her story illustrates the importance of early Black CPAs’ success and the advances they made for future generations of accountants.
Big Four firm KPMG U.S. has published its "Diversity, Equity and Inclusion: 2020 KPMG U.S. Transparency Report," an inaugural report examining the firm's own diversity, equity and inclusion statistics, as well as mapping out its diversity initiatives moving forward.
Twenty-five years after the first CPA certificate was granted in the United States, John W. Cromwell, Jr. became the first black CPA. This year marks the 100th anniversary of that achievement.
The accounting profession is struggling to build a fully equal and inclusive workplace — and that is causing diverse professionals to leave firms altogether, according to a new report.
How can D&I be effectively implemented? Jina Etienne suggests a radical new approach: Utilize the same skills you use to make your advisory services successful.
This year-long effort aims to honor, celebrate, and build upon the progress Black CPAs have made in shaping the accounting profession.
In response to the renewed focus on racial equity, many organizations — including accounting firms — have pledged to make change. But there's much work to be done.
Hartford Business Journal's 2021 Book of Lists includes an economic forecast section containing outlooks for the year ahead from various economists and industry experts. Here’s a look at what they had to say.
Diversity and inclusion in finance aren’t new concepts. It’s long been a top priority for leaders in our profession, and in this year of uncertainty, we need new ideas and diversity of thought to re-imagine the path forward. The tragic events of 2020 have revealed the disparities that were hidden in plain sight — workplaces included. These events have challenged us to recognize that a checklist approach to diversity is not enough to achieve meaningful change.
Cynthia Calderón, a tax senior at CohnReznick in Hartford, was one of three featured panelists in the CPA/SEA’s December 7 “Panel Discussion on Understanding Barriers for Minority Students in Accounting.” Cynthia, who serves as the co-chair of the CTCPA’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Initiative, shared her story with CPA society executives to open their eyes toward the struggles and challenges facing minority accounting students in their quest toward becoming a CPA.
Each year from September 15 to October 15, National Hispanic Heritage Month honors the cultures and contributions of Hispanic and Latino Americans as we celebrate heritage rooted in all Latin American countries. In celebration of this beautiful culture, we talked with three of our members about their Hispanic heritage.
Each June, the country celebrates LGBTQ culture and activism through the years, and CohnReznick joined the celebration this year.
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is meant to be a "day on," not a "day off” - it's actually designated as a national day of service to encourage all Americans to volunteer to improve their communities.
Cynthia R. Calderón of CohnReznick, a member of the CTCPA Advisory Council and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Initiative co-chair, spoke to students at Post University this winter about accounting careers, transitioning from student to the workforce, the importance of getting involved with the CTCPA, and her roles with the organization. “I encouraged them to join as student members and network with people in the profession,” Cynthia explained. “I emphasized the importance of believing in themselves and not giving up.”
From Sept. 15 to Oct. 15, the nation unites to celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month and recognize the contributions of Hispanic and Latino Americans to the United States' history, heritage, and culture.
The Connecticut Society of CPAs, Rocky Hill, and CTCPA executive director Bonnie Stewart joined the CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion, a coalition of more than 600 CEOs pledging to advance diversity and inclusion in the workplace. The CTCPA formed a Diversity and Inclusion Initiative earlier this year, co-founded and co-chaired by the CPA society’s members Cynthia Calderon and Shanita Booker of CohnReznick’s Hartford office.
Cynthia Calderón, a tax associate at CohnReznick in Hartford, organized an ice cream social at her firm to celebrate Pride Month.
Fifty years ago this month, police raided the Stonewall Inn in Greenwich Village, sparking resistance from patrons and kicking off the modern fight for LGBTQ equality. To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall uprising and celebrate Pride Month, PKF O'Connor Davies plans to host a breakfast at all of its offices.