Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

The CTCPA Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion 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 Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion 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, and Inclusion Group. 

Honor the past... Celebrate the progress... Build the future.

In 1921, 25 years after the first CPA certificate was granted in the U.S., John W. Cromwell, Jr. became the first black CPA.

With 2021 marking the 100th anniversary of Cromwell’s landmark achievement, several organizations came together to announce a year-long national awareness campaign that recognizes black CPAs in the U.S. and pushes for greater progress to be made in achieving diversity, inclusion, and equity in the CPA profession. 

Learn more. 

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. 

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Upcoming Events

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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  • practice management

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