Diversity and Inclusion

The AICPA works to encourage and promote diversity & inclusion within the CPA profession and its workforce, as we believe a workplace that is reflective and inclusive of the global communities in which they serve - different people, different cultures, and different perspectives – are greatly positioned to innovatively solve the challenging and complex issues facing clients and the evolving public interest.

Resources for employers of CPAs and accounting professionals (CPAs).

Resources for State Societies, our affinity partners (ALPFA, Ascend, NABA, NCPACA, and ISFFA).

Resources for students and educators.

June is LGBT Pride Month 

LGBT Pride MonthThe month of June was chosen for LGBT Pride Month to honor the 1969 Stonewall riots that occurred in Manhattan. Pride is the positive stance against discrimination and violence toward LGBT people to promote their self-affirmation, dignity, equal rights, increase their visibility as a social group and build community, as opposed to shame and social stigma. Every year in June, many pride events are held around the world to recognize the impact LGBT people have made in society. The AICPA joins in the celebration of LGBT Pride and supports the great diversity of America.

  • The buying power of LGBT adults in the US was estimated at $884 billion in 2014.
  • The average US household income of male same-sex couples outpaces that of heterosexual couples.

Source: Catalyst. Buying Power: LGBT People in the US. New York: Catalyst, 2015.

Spotlight on Professional Resources

AICPA Accounting Inclusion Maturity Model
Use the Accounting Inclusion Maturity Model tool to gain an understanding of your organization’s current diversity and inclusion practices. After completing the assessment, firms will have access to a summary of results indicating their diversity maturity.
AICPA Recruitment and Retention Toolkit AICPA Recruitment & Retention Toolkit
The Recruitment and Retention toolkit provides an outline of steps helpful in jump-starting diversity and inclusion initiatives within an organization and provides a useful template to assist firms in implementing changes.
Inclusion Solutions- The AICPA Diversity and Inclusion Newsletter
The Inclusion Solutions monthly e-newsletter aggregates news stories on diversity and inclusion, promotes diversity and inclusion best practices and positions the profession as a leader in this area.

Developing Your Global Mindset 

Please enjoy these articles on the subject:

  • Companies Don’t Go Global, People Do: International management expert Andy Molinsky advises us to get past abstractions about cultural differences. In this new article, he talks with Harvard Business Review’s executive editor about the difficulties—and pleasures—of cross-cultural learning.
  • Advice for Going Global: Doing business today requires a global mindset as we increasingly interact with customers, vendors, employees, and colleagues from many countries and multiple cultures. Key strategies for developing that mindset are shared by colleagues at the Institute for Cross Cultural Management (ICCM) at the Florida Institute of Technology.    

2016 Diversity & Inclusion Webcast Series 

  • Session 1: Understanding Diversity & Inclusion

Date: Thursday, Aug. 18, 2016/1-2pm ET
Presenter: Joe Gerstandt
Level: Basic
Recommended CPE: 1

Register Here

  • Session 2: Inclusion vs. Assimilation

Date: Thursday, September 15, 2016/1-2pm (ET)
Presenter: Joe Gerstandt
Level: Intermediate
Recommended CPE Credit: 1

Register Here
  • Session 3: Diversity 101 

Date: Wednesday, October 19, 2016/1-2pm (ET)
Presenter: Dr. Shirley Davis
Level: Basic
Recommended CPE Credit: 1

Register Here

  • Session 4: Why Diversity & Inclusion are Good for Business

Date: Thursday, November 17, 2016/1-2pm (ET)
Presenter:  Dr. Shirley Davis
Level: Basic
Recommended CPE Credit: 1

Register Here



Previous Webcasts




Unconscious Bias Webcast Series

Learn how to effectively understand, identify, and manage unconscious bias and its effect on our actions and decisions that are critical in accounting organizations.

• Understanding  Unconscious Bias – Feb 18, 2016
Archived Version

• Identifying Unconscious Bias – March 17, 2016
Archived Version

• Managing Unconscious Bias – April 21, 2016
Archived Version

Type: Video Webcasts
Presenter: CTR Factor (Suri Surinder and Manny Espinoza)
Recommended CPE Credit: 1 (per webcast)

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