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Diversity and Inclusion Community industry press

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Why are women accountants leaving their jobs?

A two-year study by accounting researchers Carly Mouland CA and Alessandro Ghio is pinpointing how accounting firms can better tackle gender equity and stop losing female staff. Their study focused on over 250 female accountants in Australia, investigating their wellbeing at work and reasons women leave the accounting profession.

Pandemic hurt diversity efforts in tax and accounting

Ethnic minority and female accountants took on increased workloads at accounting firms during the Covid-19 pandemic, but didn't necessarily see their careers advance, according to a new US study, 'Pandemic Nation Report'. Thomson Reuters Tax and Accounting and PrimeGlobal polled more than 300 tax and accounting professionals from various countries and backgrounds for the report.

The impact of mentoring: how to build on success

The authors take a look at how mentoring can benefit Black accounting professionals. They identify gaps in support for Black accountants in the US and provide three recommendations to help address the support gaps: assign formal mentors, mandate early sponsorship and support establishment of informal mentors.

Diversity, equity and inclusion in the accounting profession: A few thoughts

Diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) concepts can translate to small public accounting firms and even solo practices, say the authors. They consider some ways that small accounting firms can incorporate DEI considerations and make their services more inclusive for clients.

LGBTQIA employees leaving accounting profession

Nearly one in five accountants identifying as LGBTQIA (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning, intersex and asexual) left the profession because of a lack of diversity, equitable treatment or inclusion, according to a recent US study. The study, published in February 2021 by the Institute of Management Accountants and the California Society of CPAs, also found that 43% to 55% of female, non-white, Hispanic, Latino and LGBTQIA respondents have left a company due to a perceived lack of equitable treatment. The researchers make suggestions on ways accounting firms can improve workplace diversity and promote greater tolerance and acceptance for LGBTQIA members of the profession.

Meet the first Black CPA Ph.Ds

The stories of William Louis Campfield and Larzette Hale, who were among the first Black accountants to earn Ph.Ds in accounting in the US. The first Black Certified Public Accountant (CPA) Ph.Ds, and the professors they mentored or inspired, have played an important role in attracting generations of ambitious Black students to the accounting profession.

UK failing on diversity, female financiers, reports say

Smaller companies in Britain's FTSE All-Share Index are lagging behind their larger peers when it comes to having diverse representation on their boards, according to a report by Women on Boards UK. More than half of the companies in the FTSE All-Share Index excluding the top 350 firms had all-male executive leadership teams as of the end of last year, compared with 8% of FTSE 350 companies, the report says.

Job sharing can help keep women in senior roles

Could job sharing help make work, and pay, more equal for women in senior professional roles? Camille Howard takes a look at ways to make job sharing and other flexible roles work well, using accountancy firms as an example.

Meet the first Black woman CPA

Mary T. Washington Wylie broke a major barrier in the accounting profession in 1943, becoming the first Black woman in the US to earn the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) license. The article tells her story, which illustrates the importance of early Black CPAs' success and the advances they made for future generations of accountants.

Want progress on diversity? Link it to pay

More big businesses are linking executive bonuses to improvements in racial and gender diversity. Will pay motivate leaders to make steps forward in workplace equality? Phil Wahba looks at examples including goals used by Nike and Microsoft.

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