Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Access

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. 

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. 

Download the survey.


Upcoming Events

Diversity continues to rise among CFOs and CEOs, survey shows

January 14, 2022

The number of female CFOs and CEOs at large U.S. companies is at an all-time high, according to new survey data from executive recruiting firm Crist | Kolder Associates.

  • business and industry
  • diversity

The federal government is making a new investment in women-owned small businesses

December 11, 2021

The Small Business Administration, the federal agency that supports entrepreneurs, is putting a greater focus on women business owners than ever before in the agency’s history, following two years that have decimated small businesses and brought into stark relief the barriers still facing the fastest-growing group of owners.

  • diversity

Minority audit partners face discrimination, research finds

November 09, 2021

Racial bias and discrimination are still prevalent in the accounting industry, namely among audit partners, according to new research.

  • diversity

Advocate for diversity in accounting: 'It's really a relationship business’

October 15, 2021

“I'm interested in helping people that actually want to learn about diverse cultures. I want to help racially diverse people get themselves into interviews for these jobs and getting exposed to these jobs," said the partner at Schofer Dillberg and Co.

  • accounting and auditing
  • diversity

CLA partners with NABA to increase diversity in accounting

October 06, 2021

CliftonLarsonAllen is teaming up with the National Association of Black Accountants to encourage more diversity, equity and inclusion in the accounting profession.

  • diversity
  • member news

Connecticut CPA Magazine Excerpt - To Thrive in the Future, Finance and Accounting Must Embrace Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

September 28, 2021

America is changing. According to the 2020 Census, the proportion of the population identifying as white alone has fallen below 60%. The future of our workforce will be more racially and ethnically diverse. This demographic shift coincides with greater consciousness around Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DE&I) and extends to women and persons of other underrepresented demographic groups.

  • business and industry
  • career resources
  • diversity
  • 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."