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  • How to make the accounting profession more diverse and inclusive

    Jan 15, 2020

    The accounting profession has committed to bolstering diversity and inclusion among employees, but hiring of minority accounting students remains largely flat. Learn more about how firms can better capitalize on this pipeline of talent. AICPA Insights (12/13)

  • Ways to encourage honesty when seeking employee feedback

    Jan 15, 2020

    Employees are sometimes reluctant to offer honest feedback on satisfaction surveys, even when they are promised anonymity for doing so. Leaders can create an environment of genuine trust by acknowledging negative feedback when they receive it and showing they want to create change. Society for Human Resource Management (tiered subscription model) (12/19)

  • Use "mentors-of-the-moment" to build a mentorship culture

    Jan 15, 2020

    Companies can make mentoring a part of their culture by appointing "mentors-of-the-moment" who pass on knowledge in day-to-day interactions instead of in a formal program. This approach can also help junior employees develop extensive networks of supporters. Harvard Business Review online (tiered subscription model) (12/30)

  • D&I initiatives: A strategic imperative

    Jan 15, 2020

    Organizations understand that promoting diversity is important for reasons beyond complying with laws and other requirements. It's the right thing to do. And it is also a business imperative at a time when organizations are seeking to serve a broad range of clients. AICPA Insights (12/17)

  • Unlock organizational benefits through diversity management

    Jan 15, 2020

    Research shows a link between organizational performance and effective diversity management, which refers to a process for developing an environment that values individual differences and similarities. There are several components of a successful diversity plan, including realistic goals, communication and a mechanism for assessing progress. The CPA Journal (12/2019)

  • A gendered view of mentorship reinforces bias

    Jan 15, 2020

    All too often, descriptions of mentoring relationships are focused around a female mentee receiving guidance from a male leader. An imbalanced portrayal of mentoring relationships can reinforce bias. Harvard Business Review online (tiered subscription model) (1/6)

  • Best practices for promoting transgender inclusion

    Jan 15, 2020

    Asking questions can help leaders expand their knowledge and ensure they are providing an inclusive environment for transgender employees. However, leaders have an obligation to ask questions in an unobtrusive and appropriate way, and it's important to remember that one person's views do not reflect the perspectives of an entire group. Forbes (12/11)

  • Tips to recruit a diverse group of Gen Z employees

    Jan 15, 2020

    As members of Generation Z enter the workforce, accounting firms can reach out to them with multiple engagement strategies. This article offers several suggestions, including giving students the opportunity to shadow CPAs, providing scholarships and finding ways to showcase the profession's impact. The CPA Journal (01/2020)

  • Tips for creating belonging in the workplace

    Jan 15, 2020

    Leaders can foster feelings of belonging at work by acting as fair-minded allies who treat everyone equally and share success stories, research from BetterUp suggests. Developing this kind of belonging is important for job performance, the research shows. Harvard Business Review online (tiered subscription model) (12/16)

  • Why embracing discomfort is necessary for progress

    Jan 15, 2020

    Diversity and inclusion efforts often require uncomfortable conversations. Ease the discomfort by reframing fear, embracing awkwardness and pointing out the effects of problematic behavior. Forbes (12/30)

Recommended News and Reads


How to Increase the Number of Black CPAs By Frank K. Ross, CPA -Most of the accounting profession recognizes the importance of attracting more Blacks to the field and helping them pass the CPA exam. Few, unfortunately, have a good track record in getting results.

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Affirmative Reaction by Bill Keller - Why a Supreme Court ruling against affirmative action might be a blessing in disguise.

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Same-sex couples: Celebrate, then call a CPA by Jonnelle Marte - The Supreme Court's action, striking down the Defense of Marriage Act will have an impact on financial and tax planning strategies for same-sex couples, experts say. These may be especially complicated for couples living in states that do not recognize same-sex unions.