A CPA Diversity Report

A CPA Diversity Report: Uncovering the Barriers to Success

Diversity. Equity. Inclusion. These three words—and the efforts required to realize them—have become increasingly important as demographic and social shifts transform our country. In turn, the actions organizations take across these fronts are coming under more scrutiny than ever before as employees, consumers, and investors increasingly aim to align their individual values with those of the organizations they choose to work for, do business with, and support. The accounting profession isn’t immune to these shifts, yet it has been—and continues to be—primarily a white man’s profession. Why?

Alumni of our annual Mary T. Washington Wylie Internship Preparation Program helped us uncover why some of these diverse young professionals voluntarily leave or consider leaving their employers and, in some cases, the accounting profession.

As we believe what they’re encountering may be happening to many minorities throughout the profession, our 2022 Insight Special Feature shares new research findings and some of the unique, eye-opening—and sometimes troubling—stories from these individuals to shed light on what could be contributing to the persistent disparity in minority representation and advancement in the accounting profession.

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