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March 13, 2019
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Preparing for the future: Female thought leaders share insight
Profession and thought leaders Kim Drumgo, Kimberly Ellison-Taylor, Amy Radin, Clar Rosso and Jennifer Gardner share valuable insight on exactly what skills will breed success in a time when the finance and accounting professions are being fueled by new technology.
AICPA Insights (3/8) 
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Leadership & Trends
Deloitte's global board will have first female chair
Sharon Thorne will chair Deloitte's global board of directors beginning in June, making her the first woman to hold the position. Thorne is an advocate for inclusion, having served as executive sponsor of the LGBT+ network at Deloitte UK.
Accounting Today (3/4) 
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2 ways to counteract workplace bias
The working environment will have a significant impact on your staff's behavior, so one-time unconscious bias training may not yield lasting results. However, getting influential individuals to commit to change and addressing structural problems in the workplace can make a difference.
Quartz (2/15) 
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4 ways to take charge and own your career
We've all faced roadblocks at work in which we think offering a solution is out of the question. But what happens when you push the envelope to make change happen? That's what one CPA did at Deloitte -- and she advanced her career in the process.
AICPA Insights (3/11) 
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Business Case for Diversity & Inclusion
Uniting a multigenerational workforce
Multigenerational workforces are becoming more common as employees put off retirement. Leaders can use several strategies to manage across generations, such as by listening more than talking, searching for common ground and establishing shared expectations.
Forbes (2/12) 
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Ditch the "illusion of inclusion" to boost diversity
Realizing the benefits of diversity -- including to the bottom line -- requires ending the "illusion of inclusion" in favor of deep and intentional strategies to create an inclusive corporate culture. Senior leadership must mix with every level of the company to uncover unique viewpoints and spark innovation.
SmartBrief/Leadership (2/19) 
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Recruitment & Retention
Steps for improving your board's gender representation
Slow turnover among corporate directors can be a stumbling block as companies look to improve diversity, so expanding board size may be a helpful step. In addition, companies should emphasize skills and experience rather than titles when recruiting board members.
Harvard Business Review online (tiered subscription model) (2/18) 
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How to support minority women in the workplace
Minority women may grapple with obstacles such as unconscious bias, microaggressions and a lack of managerial support in the workplace. Leaders can address these issues by highlighting the contributions of minority women, tracking data about promotions and conducting exit interviews to determine why people leave.
Harvard Business Review online (tiered subscription model) (3/4) 
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Tips for preventing unconscious bias during hiring
Hiring managers sometimes exhibit unconscious bias during interviews. Writing inclusive job statements, challenging stereotypes and using a diverse hiring committee can help.
Forbes (2/20) 
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How companies can provide meaningful work
Modern workers want careers that let them have rewarding experiences and take on projects that align with their values. Leaders can help in several ways, such as by giving workers a degree of autonomy and by letting them innovate.
Strategy+Business magazine (free registration) (Spring 2019) 
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Policy & Regulatory
UK firms call for disclosure of ethnicity pay gaps
Major accounting firms in the UK, along with other businesses, are advocating for a measure that would require companies with more than 250 employees to report data about ethnicity pay gaps. PwC, EY, KPMG and Deloitte have all released pay data.
Economia online (UK) (3/1) 
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Poll
When evaluating people leader performance, how often does your firm formally consider a leader's effective management of diverse teams and fostering an inclusive environment?   
VoteNever
VoteRarely
VoteSometimes
VoteOften
VoteAlways
Results of last month's poll question
My organization regularly makes information available about the diversity of our employees and leadership team.
Strongly disagree  37.35%
Disagree  22.89%
Strongly agree  19.28%
Agree  13.25%
Neutral  7.23%
AICPA Diversity & Inclusion News
Celebrating Women's History Month
The AICPA and the Women's Initiatives Executive Committee (WIEC) are committed to celebrating the value that women bring to the profession -- not only during National Women's History Month, but every month. We have compiled a list of resources for inspiration, motivation and learning. Together, we can soar to new heights! Click here to access the resources and use discount code WOMENSMONTH to receive 10% off these products: Blockchain Fundamentals for Finance and Accounting Professionals Certificate, Cyber Fundamentals for Finance and Accounting Professionals Certificate, Robotic Process Automation Strategy for Business Leaders, Data Analytics Executive Program Leadership, Human Intelligence: Emotional Intelligence, Human Intelligence: Leading vs. Managing, Human Intelligence: Coaching and Mentoring, Women's Global Leadership Summit.
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Register for the 2019 AICPA Accounting Profession Diversity Symposium
Celebrate 50 years of diversity and inclusion in the profession at the 2019 AICPA Accounting Profession Diversity Symposium occurring May 15-16, 2019, in Denver. The Symposium brings together accounting firms, state societies, colleges and universities, and other organizations to incubate fresh ideas and breakthrough strategies that will help the profession sustain a pipeline of diverse talent. Find out more and register.
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PCPS George Willie Ethnically Diverse Student Scholarship & Internship
Five firms. Five students. Up to $100,000 in scholarships for our shared commitment to a diverse and forward-looking profession. Do you know an ethnically diverse student pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in an accounting or accounting-related major who plans to pursue the CPA licensure? AICPA PCPS is connecting member firms with promising accounting majors of ethnically diverse backgrounds for an internship during busy season 2020. As an added measure of support, PCPS is awarding up to $20,000 of financial assistance per student to help with tuition for your final academic year. Applications are due by May 31! Learn more.
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