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  • Building pathways for people of color in accounting

    Jul 14, 2021

    Black professionals remain underrepresented among US CPAs, according to a 2019 AICPA report. Forensic accountant and New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants President Rumbi Bwerinofa-Petrozzello discusses her career journey, obstacles facing people of color and efforts to improve diversity in the profession. The New York Times (6/14)

  • 4 fallacies that stop companies from adding Black talent

    Jul 14, 2021

    Some organizations claim that diversifying their ranks is complicated by a lack of qualified candidates, but this article notes that this argument is based on four faulty assumptions. Organizations looking to correct the imbalance will need to ask themselves hard questions and address underlying issues. Stanford Social Innovation Review (6/1)

  • A process for creating equitable compensation models

    Jul 14, 2021

    To remove unconscious bias from compensation decisions, one company used a system that incorporates market data and performance information. Other organizations can follow suit by determining how they want their pay to compare to regional averages and developing a rubric for determining pay ranges. Fast Company (tiered subscription model) (6/24)

  • Over the rainbow: Celebrating Pride all year long

    Jul 14, 2021

    Many organizations participate in Pride-themed events during June, but it's also crucial to support LGBTQ+ members of the workforce during the other 11 months. Supporting allyship across the organization, partnering with LGBTQ+ charities and identifying opportunities for collaboration are among the strategies that can help. CIMA Insights (6/30)

  • DEI efforts must consider ageism, ableism and how they overlap

    Jul 14, 2021

    Age discrimination and ableism are two sometimes overlapping issues that need to be addressed as part of an organization's diversity, equity and inclusion efforts. Leaders should avoid stereotyping employees based on the generation they are part of and encourage the creation of intergenerational teams to help everyone feel valued. Forbes (tiered subscription model) (6/27)

  • Diverse advisory talent is crucial for success

    Jul 14, 2021

    A diverse talent pool is essential for any advisory firm seeking to thrive in the fast-changing socioeconomic landscape as demographic shifts continue. The role of the advisory profession has changed over time, so part of the effort will involve rethinking how it is presented to the public. Financial Advisor IQ (6/17)

  • Ensuring effectiveness of employee resource groups

    Jul 14, 2021

    Establishing employee resource groups can foster inclusion and highlight the issues facing certain segments of the workforce. An effective group will be guided by a clear purpose, have the support of an executive sponsor and be led by an informed individual. Fast Company (tiered subscription model) (6/15)

  • Diversity strategies should go beyond training sessions

    Jul 14, 2021

    Training sessions can be helpful to ensure that organizations meet appropriate standards of diversity and inclusion, but training alone does not go far enough. This article reviews six steps for driving real progress, including facilitating communication, ensuring actions align with messaging and ensuring diversity is treated as an organizational goal. Kellogg Insight (7/1)

  • Addressing obstacles facing working women during the pandemic

    Jul 14, 2021

    Many women have experienced increased workloads and diminished career optimism during the pandemic, according to a survey of 5,000 people around the world, writes Punit Renjen, CEO of Deloitte Global. Companies can address this issue by offering certain resources and making a commitment to gender equality, and policymakers also have a role to play, Renjen writes. The Hill (6/13)

  • Diversity goals benefit from public accountability

    Jul 14, 2021

    Accenture has long had internal goals for representation, but leaders eventually decided to share objectives externally to foster public accountability. Accenture determined that goals should reflect local communities and be compared with external benchmarks, and it also introduced a scorecard to evaluate leaders in part on how well they support diversity. Harvard Business Review (tiered subscription model) (6/25)

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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.

Young People Push Back Against Gender Categories By: Margot Alder- As society has become more accepting of gays, lesbians, and even transgender people, a new generation of young people is challenging those categories in favor of a more fluid understanding of gender.

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

Census Benchmark for White Americans: More Deaths than Births by Sam Roberts - The data, recorded for the first time in at least a century, showed further evidence that white Americans will become a minority within three decades.

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.