This week, we’re focusing on diversity, equity, and inclusion. AICPA Director of Diversity and Inclusion Crystal Cooke helps us shed light on these important topics. We talk about where our profession stands today, what changes are happening already, and what else needs to be done going forward.

Crystal took her current role in February 2020, just before the summer was enveloped in so many violent tragedies across the country. These events and society’s reaction to them brought social issues back into the spotlight, and gave new, heightened meaning to her role.

She talks about what it was like to start the role in that kind of environment and takes a closer look at our profession as a whole — how far it’s come in the areas of diversity and inclusion and what each of us, individually, can do to help make it more equitable for all.

Listen to our conversation here.


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