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  • Steps toward closing the gender pay gap

    Sep 11, 2019

    Female accountants and auditors made less than their male colleagues did, according to a 2018 report from the American Association of University Women. Organizations can take several steps to close the gap, including tracking compensation metrics, narrowing ranges for starting salaries and setting objective guidelines for providing pay raises. Journal of Accountancy print issue (9/2019)

  • Report finds shift in accounting firm hiring

    Sep 11, 2019

    A record 44% of enrollees in accounting bachelor's degree programs were nonwhite in the 2017-18 academic year, according to an AICPA survey. There was a nearly even gender split among enrollees in bachelor's and master's programs. In addition, the report shows that firms are increasingly hiring nonaccounting graduates. Journal of Accountancy online (8/13)

  • Steps for enhancing LGBT advocacy in global companies

    Sep 11, 2019

    Multinational companies have a valuable role to play in encouraging inclusion of LGBT individuals around the world. Certain actions -- including strengthening employee resource groups and building coalitions with external organizations -- can help companies become more effective advocates. Harvard Business Review online (tiered subscription model) (8/15)

  • Why soft skills are key to accounting's future

    Sep 11, 2019

    Soft skills are gaining importance in accounting, with Andrew Harding of the Association of International Certified Professional Accountants noting that "finance professionals need to become business influencers and leaders." As automation and artificial intelligence reshape the profession, skills such as communication, time management and critical thinking will be key. Accountancy Age (London) (tiered subscription model) (8/28)

  • For a more resilient company, reach out to those affected by bias

    Sep 11, 2019

    Diverse companies may have several advantages over their less-diverse counterparts, including greater resilience and effectiveness. Leaders can make a difference by establishing diversity goals and participating in programs focused on groups that tend to experience bias. Forbes (8/21)

  • What leaders can do to foster a sense of belonging

    Sep 11, 2019

    A sense of belonging can be a powerful motivator, and it all starts with establishing trust in your company and its mission. Facilitate this culture of belonging by making time for regular collaboration and creating a nonjudgmental space for people to share their experiences. Forbes (8/26)

  • 4 strategies to attract and retain female talent at your firm

    Sep 11, 2019

    Companies in which women account for at least 15% of senior managers tend to be more profitable than their less-diverse peers, according to a Credit Suisse report. Check out these four strategies to improve gender diversity, starting with taking a clear public stance on the issue. AICPA Insights (8/14)

  • 15 ways to turn diversity goals into reality

    Sep 11, 2019

    Starting internship programs designed to bring in a broader range of candidates is one way to counteract unconscious bias and advance diversity goals. Other steps include welcoming diverse opinions, investing in international hiring and expanding your network. Forbes (8/28)

  • Sponsorship is a key part of the advancement process

    Sep 11, 2019

    One key to ensuring that women have more advancement opportunities at work is to provide effective sponsors. The best sponsors are able to identify high-potential talent, provide opportunities for development and find the right stretch assignments for their proteges. Harvard Business Review online (tiered subscription model) (8/7)

  • Technology increasingly supports diversity, inclusion

    Sep 11, 2019

    The market for diversity and inclusion technology is growing and evolving as companies focus on goals such as broadening their talent pipelines and achieving pay equity. These solutions are focused in areas such as talent acquisition, analytics and employee development. Society for Human Resource Management (tiered subscription model) (8/27)

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