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Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Join us for Celebrating Diversity in the Workplace

Tuesday, June 18 from 5:00pm - 8:00pm at The Hartford Club  

This is the must-attend event in 2024 for those who promote and value Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) efforts in the workforce!  

Learn more about how you can sponsor and/or attend this exciting event. 

Tell us how your company celebrated diversity recently - and inspire others. 

Whether you're celebrating Pride Month or a certain heritage or diversity as a whole, we want to hear about it! Share your company's diversity, equity, inclusion, and access initiatives and we'll spotlight you on our social media channels and in Connecticut CPA magazine.  

Your action could inspire more companies to follow suit, helping to build a stronger, more diverse accounting profession.

The Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Access Toolkit is Here

America is changing. In order for businesses to adapt and thrive, the future of our workforce must be increasingly diverse.  Our toolkit highlights four key focus areas and accompanying strategies to help organizations identify opportunities for growth through adaptation, innovation, and collaboration.

  • Raise Awareness
  • Attract Diverse Talent
  • Drive Career Promotion
  • Increase Accountability for Progress

Download the CTCPA DEI&A Toolkit.

The CTCPA Diversity, Equity,  Inclusion, and Access (DEI&A) initiative works to encourage and promote diversity and inclusion within the profession and at our organizations, and is intended to provide events and programming to help engage members in meaningful discussions about diversity. 

The DEI&A Group, open to all members, engages in conversations encompass a wide array of topics, including six pillars of diversity identified by co-chairs Shanita Booker and Cynthia Calderon: Personal experiences, learning styles, education, careers, professional experiences, and talents. 

Be a part of moving the profession forward! 

CTCPA members can log in to the CTCPA Connect online community to join or get in touch with the Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Access Group. 

Diversifying U.S. Accounting Talent: A Critical Imperative to Achieve Transformational Outcomes

As part of our ongoing commitment to fostering diversity, equity, and inclusion within the accounting profession and our companies and firms, the CTCPA was pleased to take part in a research project with the Institute of Management Accountants and California Society of CPAs to study diversity, equity, and inclusion (DE&I) in the U.S. accounting profession. 

Download the survey.


Upcoming Events

80% of women feel pressure to overperform at work

March 28, 2024

Caba’s recent research reveals the ongoing challenges that women face in the workplace, such as difficulty setting boundaries, reluctance to take time off and feeling pressure to overperform. Caba suggests steps that organisations should take to make the accounting profession more inclusive.

  • business and industry
  • diversity
  • practice management

Finance and DEI: How CFOs Can Depoliticize and Reduce Legal Risk

March 15, 2024

Diversity, equity, and inclusion involves legal boundaries, culture, and ROI.

  • business and industry
  • diversity

No retreat from DEI

March 11, 2024

The American Institute of CPAs' Crystal Cooke talks about why the perception that companies are scaling back their diversity efforts is wrong, and how accounting can move forward in its pursuit of diversity, equity and inclusion.

  • business and industry
  • diversity
  • practice management

Inclusion in accounting: By the numbers

November 26, 2023

The accounting profession is suffering from serious talent shortages, caused by both a slowing pipeline of entry-level accountants and the ongoing leakage of experienced professionals to other industries or to retirement. And yet firms remain slow to grasp the value of diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives for tapping new sources of talent and boosting retention rates.

  • diversity
  • practice management

Changing the narrative for black accountants

October 31, 2023

In honour of Black History Month, Will Cole chats with Deloitte director Ololade Adesanya on how her experiences in accountancy have helped her to be successful in the profession and how firms can better support those from underrepresented backgrounds.

  • diversity
  • practice management

Inclusion advice: Start with allyship

June 28, 2023

A new report shows "disproportionate challenges” for LGBT+ employees, shares inclusion advice for organisations.

  • business and industry
  • diversity
  • practice management

Celebrating Diversity in the Workplace

Jun 18th
 5:00pm - 8:00pm


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Member Price: $50

This is the must-attend event in 2024 for those who promote and value Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) efforts in the workforce! Join us for an amazing evening at The Hartford Club to take a deep dive into DEI and the celebration of its importance to the accounting profession and every industry in Connecticut. The evening will begin at 5:00 p.m. with networking, cocktails, and a buffet.  Beginning at 6:00 p.m., Sandra Quince, CEO of Paradigm for Parity (P4P), will lead us through an exciting evening of panel discussions, table top exercises, and a closing discussion of DEI's position in the workplace.  You can register as an individual, purchase a table of 10 for your company, or join other top institutions in Connecticut and become a sponsor. To purchase a table of 10 or to become a sponsor, please fill out the Celebrating Diversity sponsorship form and return it to Cindy Panioto at  Keynote speaker and evening facilitator Sandra Quince is the CEO responsible for leading all elements of P4P’s strategic plan, financial, programmatic, and operational performance of the organization. She works with the coalition’s co-chairs and Board of Directors to oversee and execute the organization’s strategic vision and growth plan.  Prior to this role, Sandra was the Diversity & Inclusion Executive supporting the CEO and Chief Diversity Officer in delivering the global D&I strategy. Sandra’s work focused on growing diverse representation of the workforce, promoting an inclusive workplace where all employees can achieve their goals and meet the needs of customers. Sandra was also the head of D&I for the bank’s Global Human Resources, an organization of over 2500 employees.  

Looking to foster a more diverse workplace, but not sure where to start? 
Download the AICPA's "CEO Act!on for Diversity & Inclusion Toolkit."