Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Black CPA Centennial celebrates first Black CPA

John W. Cromwell Jr., the son of a former slave, overcame many obstacles in his life to earn his place in history as the nation’s first Black CPA in 1921. His story is an inspiration and lesson in tenacity for future generations of Black accountants.

Building a truly effective D&I initiative

Studies show that a diverse workforce is a more productive, more profitable one. Establishing a strong diversity and inclusion program takes time, effort, and, above all, commitment from top leadership. Use these guidelines when structuring a D&I program.

Kim Griffin-Hunter, CPA

Focusing on strengths and communicating effectively can help CPAs lead during challenging times, says Kim Griffin-Hunter, CPA.

What you probably didn’t know about racism in the workplace

The culture of a workplace, be that in a company or an accounting firm, determines how employees and customers are treated, says Stephanie Creary. To assess how racism is a factor requires open, frank conversations and leaders willing to listen and learn what they probably didn’t know.

What women need to rise in the accounting profession

Women are more likely to succeed if they have role models, are able to find sponsors, and receive opportunities for training and high-profile assignments. Panelists at ENGAGE 2020 also discussed how barriers to advancement are intensified for women of color.

Strategies for CPAs to encourage positive changes in diversity

A surge in passion on issues of racial justice, diversity and inclusion has led to opportunities for CPAs to lead meaningful change. Members of the AICPA National Commission on Diversity and Inclusion share best practices for CPAs who are eager to support change.

Q&A: Advocating for justice, diversity, and inclusion

Amid tense and uncertain times, two leaders of the National Association of Black Accountants describe their emotions and a sense of hope that they can produce positive change in the accounting profession and their communities.

How firms can advance women in the workplace

Firms are taking proactive steps to attract, retain, and advance women. And firms that use modified work arrangements (MWAs) and formal advancement programs to achieve those goals report that the benefits are clear.

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Get your clients ready for tax season

Upon its enactment in March, the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) introduced many new tax changes, some of which retroactively affected 2020 returns. Making the right moves now can help you mitigate any surprises heading into 2022.

100th ANNIVERSARY

Black CPA Centennial, 1921–2021

With 2021 marking the 100th anniversary of the first Black licensed CPA in the United States, a yearlong campaign kicked off to recognize the nation’s Black CPAs and encourage greater progress in diversity, inclusion, and equity in the CPA profession.