African Americans are still underrepresented in the accounting profession: Only 2% of CPAs are Black. In this second part of a two-episode podcast, we look at what the profession can do to increase the number of Black CPAs.
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
We take a look at the remarkable accomplishments of Black CPAs in the 20th century, featuring the testimony of two CPAs who witnessed Black CPA history firsthand: Ruth Harris, the first Black female CPA in Virginia, and Frank Ross, one of the founders of the National Association of Black Accountants.
In 1943, Mary T. Washington Wylie became the nation’s first Black woman to earn the CPA license. Her life illustrates the difference that one enterprising professional can make for many future generations.
Hear a conversation with Lara Abrash, CPA, chair and CEO of Deloitte & Touche LLP, on diversity, along with updates on provisions of the stimulus bill and more.
Before launching a diversity and inclusion program, learn where your organization stands in terms of D&I. Tools such as the AICPA’s Accounting Inclusion Maturity Model can help you track your progress.
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.
Leaders of ethnic minority-owned firms offer tips for what small CPA firms can do to promote greater diversity.
This article offers steps firms and individuals can take to make sure microaggressions are not part of their organization.
Carefully chosen, well-implemented anti-bias courses can buttress a company’s diversity and inclusion program when they are part of a clear strategy.
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.
Focusing on strengths and communicating effectively can help CPAs lead during challenging times, says Kim Griffin-Hunter, CPA.
The AICPA's 2020 PCPS George Willie Ethnically Diverse Student Scholarship & Internship Program provided scholarships and internships to five ethnic minority accounting students who intend to pursue CPA certification.
Investors are looking for actions that back up statements about equity.
Building on a commitment to diversity with efforts to promote inclusion can make a difference in the accounting profession, according to panelists at the AICPA’s fall Council.
Women, particularly Black women and other women of color, are a rare sight in executive leadership. A panel discussion at ENGAGE explores why and how to change it.
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.
CPAs have an opportunity to improve their workplaces and communities amid a racial justice movement that began in response to police killings of Black and African Americans.
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.
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.
Organizations and leaders seeking to address concerns about racism can learn valuable lessons from an expert on race in the workplace.