Diversity and Inclusion

    With an eye on the changing demographics of the communities in which CPAs serve, the AICPA is focused on diversity and inclusion in the accounting profession. The AICPA is committed to providing programs focused on increasing the student pipeline as well as those programs focused on retaining and advancing underrepresented minorities in the profession.

    Diversity is all the ways we differ and inclusion is turning those differences into assets.

    Explore all of the aspects of why diversity is important for the accounting profession.

    Students, Professionals and State Societies we're here for you.

    August is Work-Life Balance Awareness Month 

    Got Work/Life Balance?

    • Build downtime into your schedule.
    • Drop activities that take too much of your time or energy.
    • Rethink your errands.
    • Make time to exercise.
    • Prioritize your tasks.
    • Take an hour of “me” time daily.
    • Use the “Do Not Disturb” function if you have a Smartphone.
    • Don’t check your email while on vacation.
    • Remember—a little relaxation goes a long way!

    Recent & Upcoming Events 

    • Ascend National Convention - August 23-25, 2014 - the premier Pan-Asian business event of the year! The Convention is the largest gathering of over 2,000 leaders and senior executives from a wide cross-section of the Pan-Asian business community.

    • NCPACA Annual Convention - August 29- September 1, 2014 - The annual Convention offers CPE credit hours, hot topics to the accounting profession and impressive speakers. It is also about networking - knowing and learning from others.

    • SHRM Diversity & Inclusion Conference & Exposition October 13-15, 2014 - Discover innovative, forward-thinking strategies that will take your Diversity & Inclusion efforts to the next level.

    • Global Women’s Summit October 23-24, 2014 - Presented by the AICPA Women’s Initiative Executive Committee, the objective of this conference is to focus on leadership, boardroom diversity, and best practices to enhance the skills and potential of women leaders within the financial community.

    • AICPA Controllers Conference November 18-19, 2014 - Developed by controllers for controllers, the AICPA Controllers Conference prepares you to successfully negotiate current and future demands.


    A Call to Action from the Chair of the National Commission on Diversity and Inclusion


    The CPA profession has struggled to make significant gains in attracting, retaining and advancing under-represented minorities, despite efforts and initiatives that have been in place for decades. In an effort to improve diversity, the AICPA and leaders from throughout the profession last year launched the National Commission on Diversity & Inclusion. Chairman of the National Commission on Diversity and Inclusion, Ken Bouyer, Ernst & Young Americas Director of Inclusiveness Recruiting, makes a call to action in this video from the AICPA’s spring council meeting 2013.

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