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More than 40 years ago, the AICPA recognized the need to support people of color within the CPA profession. The AICPA launched the Minority Initiatives Committee and began a minority accounting scholarship program. Among the many accomplishments during this time are: scholarships for minority accounting students, fellowships for minority doctoral students and the Accounting Scholars Leadership Workshop.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Female Perspectives: 3 AICPA Chairs’ Success in the Profession

Women's history monthMarch is Women’s History Month, a chance for the world to acknowledge the contributions of women.  

The AICPA is on a mission to shine light on successful, female CPAs who have cracked the proverbial glass ceiling. We interviewed three women who have recently shared their talents with the AICPA by taking on the role of board chair.

Meet the first female chair to be elected in 1998, Olivia Kirtley, fourth female chair, Tommye Barie elected in 2014, and present chair Kimberly Ellison-Taylor, who made history as the first African American woman to be elected. These pioneers discuss their climb to the top and what it took for them to reach their position.

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Passing the CPA Exam: One CPA’s Journey

As many of you know, the journey to becoming a CPA is like no other—interesting, challenging, stressful, but nonetheless so rewarding in the end. Such was the journey of Shakor Jukes, CPA. An AICPA Accounting Scholars Leadership Workshop (ASLW) alumnus and currently an Audit Associate at RSM US LLP, Shakor credits his success to family, faculty, ASLW and his pure determination to succeed.

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Celebrating International Women’s Day: Inspiration for Women in the Profession

Shutterstock_483351991Today, the world celebrates International Women’s Day. Though the day’s theme was recognized as early as 1909, it wasn’t until 1977 that the United Nations General Assembly asked member countries to proclaim March 8 of every year as the official day to celebrate women around the world. This year the UN theme is, “Women in the Changing World of Work: Planet 50-50 by 2030.”

That “50-50” is packed with advantages. In 2015, a McKinsey Global Institute report concluded that $12 trillion could be added to the global gross domestic product if countries work to bridge gaps between men and women in the work world—and that’s just if all countries were to perform as well in making strides as the most progressive countries in their regions. In a best-case scenario, in which women and men achieve true parity in the work place internationally, the potential rises to $28 trillion. With this kind of upside, it’s plain to see why leaders around the world have a keen interest in advancing women in the workplace, and driving for greater workplace equality.

This year’s theme is of particular interest in the accounting profession. Women have played a critical role in the changes occurring in the profession. With that in mind, we solicited comments from women in the profession. They are meant to inspire and motivate women to enter accounting; but even if you are already in the profession, you might take inspiration from some of these words of wisdom.

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3 Workplace Lessons from the Movie "Hidden Figures"

Shutterstock_550217752Some of history’s best stories are the ones we haven’t heard.

Until the Oscar-nominated film “Hidden Figures” premiered, few people knew a group of pioneering African-American female mathematicians helped propel the U.S. forward in the Space Race.

Thanks to the prominence of the movie, these trailblazing women are finally earning recognition. “The true story also demonstrates the crucial value of diversity in the workplace,” says Kim Drumgo, Director of Diversity and Inclusion at the AICPA.

“A diverse workforce exposes employees to the value of different perspectives and experiences,” Drumgo adds. “It fosters innovation and a growth mindset.”

As the U.S. and the AICPA celebrate Black History Month, Drumgo shares three lessons we can learn from “Hidden Figures”.

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International Perspectives: Chinese New Year

On January 28, nearly one-fifth of the world’s population will begin the 15-day celebration of Chinese New Year. The holiday, also known as the Spring Festival, sets the tone for the year ahead and is a time for family members to reunite and share joy in successes, prosperity and good health. As the world’s borders become increasingly blurred, you may find that you have friends, colleagues or clients who observe the holiday.

Show your appreciation for their culture by familiarizing yourself with the meaning and traditions of Chinese New Year. In this video, Irene Teng, Managing Director of Europe, Africa and Asia - Management Accounting, with the Association of International Certified Professional Accountants, highlights some of the customs and shares quick tips on how to greet clients and colleagues during the holiday. You can also learn more here.

For all who celebrate, we wish you a very Happy Chinese New Year!

 

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