I listened to a great webinar today led by American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) Senior Manager Heidi Brundage, CPA, on diversity and inclusiveness in the CPA profession. The profession has been working for decades on increasing diversity in its ranks, but recent studies show we haven’t seen much progress. I know the AICPA and state CPA societies are planning a new, integrated approach to tackling the issue moving forward. It’s not just the right thing to do — it’s a business imperative.
“The bottom-line objective of diversity is to create a high-performing organization by leveraging the capacity of the total workforce.” — William A. Guillory, Ph.D., Innovations International
Your business will need to take a serious look at diversity and inclusiveness, especially in our current economic environment and as we move into a more culturally diverse society. Valuing diversity will be important in attracting and keeping clients and staff and provides a greater utilization of your workforce.
Stay tuned for new initiatives this year, and check out these current AICPA resources: http://www.aicpa.org/Career/DiversityInitiatives/Pages/DiversityInitiatives.aspx