A lack of racial diversity is plaguing the accounting profession. This isn’t surprising news to anyone. Simply put, a diverse CPA profession is a better CPA profession. Innovation, ideas, culture … everything improves.
Quoted in Accounting Today, Richard Caturano, national leader of culture, diversity and inclusion at Top 100 Firm RSM US, and a past chair of the American Institute of CPAs, stated, “Focusing on diversity and inclusion is important because it’s simply the right thing to do.”
The MACPA is working toward a profession that includes everyone. In 2017, minorities represented only 17% of all employees and less than 5% of all partners at accounting firms in the United States. We, like so many others in this wonderful world of accounting, would like to see those numbers increase.
Throughout the year, MACPA hosts special diversity and inclusion events, as well as featured student and member events. These gatherings reflect the diversity of our profession and also offer opportunities for us to promote the work our members are doing to improve professional diversity. The CPA profession is strong because of the many voices that contribute.
This topic is important for our profession, everyone in it, and for the future. We can all help to create meaningful, positive change. No question about it!
“None of us, including me, ever do great things. But we can all do small things, with great love, and together we can do something wonderful.”—Mother Teresa