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‘Huge’ opportunities await women entrepreneurs, venture capitalist says. Here’s what to do

May 13, 2021

Women entrepreneurs have long gotten a small slice of the venture-capital funding pie. Female VC leaders are trying to change that.

  • business and industry
  • career resources
  • diversity

ADP releases diversity analysis tool, and more

April 13, 2021

HR and payroll tech provider ADP has added several new tools to its DataCloud platform. The new ADP DEI Dashboard and Organizational Benchmarks Dashboard help analyze diversity in a workforce, and help better allocate staff resources.

  • diversity

Breaking a barrier: The first Black partner of Big Eight firm

April 13, 2021

Fifty years after the first Black CPA received his license, Elmer J. Whiting Jr. broke an important barrier when in 1971 he became the first Black partner of a Big Eight firm, which is what the largest national accounting firms were called at the time.

  • diversity

GASB Proposes to Rename the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report

April 13, 2021

The Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB) today proposed to change the “comprehensive annual financial report” to the “annual comprehensive financial report.” The proposed name change was prompted by GASB stakeholders raising concerns that the existing acronym for the report, when spoken, sounds like a profoundly offensive term.

  • accounting and auditing
  • diversity

Why Managers Are Key to D&I Success at Work

April 13, 2021

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.

  • diversity
  • practice management

The Black CPA Centennial: Meet the first Black woman CPA

April 06, 2021

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.

  • diversity

KPMG U.S. publishes inaugural DE&I report

March 17, 2021

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.

  • diversity
  • member news

CTCPA Members Celebrate Black History Month, Black CPA Centennial

February 22, 2021

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.

  • diversity

Less than half of accountants say the profession is equitable

February 21, 2021

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.

  • diversity

Leveraging Advisory Services to Find D&I Solutions

February 03, 2021

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.

  • diversity
  • practice management

Accounting Profession Commemorates Centennial of First Black CPA

February 01, 2021

This year-long effort aims to honor, celebrate, and build upon the progress Black CPAs have made in shaping the accounting profession.

  • diversity

9 ideas on how small firms can improve diversity

January 19, 2021

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.

  • diversity
  • practice management

Moving Beyond Diversity to Foster Inclusion in Finance

December 22, 2020

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.

  • business and industry
  • diversity
  • practice management

Cynthia Calderon Speaks on National Panel About Barriers for Minority Accounting Students: Watch the Video

December 09, 2020

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.

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