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, and CGMA).

    Resources for students and educators.

    February Is Black History Month  

     In observance of black history month, the AICPA recognizes John Cromwell Jr., CPA and Mary T. Washington, CPA, for their bravery , commitment and inspiration to CPA’s who currently thrive in this diverse and multicultural society and paved the way for future generations of accountants. 

       Mary T. Washington, CPA became the first female African American CPA in 1943 (the nation’s 13th African-American CPA) and is credited with giving numerous aspiring African American accountants, through her mentoring and support, the chance to meet the experience requirement for becoming CPAs.
    John Cromwell Jr., CPA became the first African-American CPA in 1921, working exclusively in the black community at a time when African Americans faced widespread discrimination. He taught high school accounting in Washington, D.C. and was comptroller at Howard University.


    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
    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.    

    Unconscious Bias Webinar 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 – Thurs., Feb 18, 2016/1-2PM (EST)
    Register: here

    • Identifying Unconscious Bias – Thurs., March 17, 2016/1-2PM (EST)
    Register: here

    • Managing Unconscious Bias – Thurs., April 21, 2016/1-2PM (EST)
    Register: here

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

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