Diversity Initiatives

The U.S. Census Bureau reports that one in three residents is a minority. By 2044, minorities will become the majority of the U.S. population. The PICPA Diversity Committee recognizes the urgent business case for diversity and is committed to the recruitment, retention, and development of minority CPAs.

Presented by:
Pennsylvania CPA Foundation

Rethinking Diversity

Our first live session of the afternoon is all about rethinking diversity with Jina Etienne, CPA, former president of NABA Inc.

Posted by PICPA on Monday, Sept. 18, 2017

Jina Etienne, CPA, former CEO of NABA, discusses how to have a clearer sense of who you are as an organization and what strategies you need to find, hire, and retain the talent that reflects the diversity of the communities where we work and the clients we serve.

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Do not wait to embrace a culture of diversity.

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Why You Can’t Afford to Ignore Diversity

By Guest Blogger Julius Green, CPA, JD, 2015-2016 PICPA President

In 2011, the PICPA released Increasing Talent, Clients, and Revenue at Your Organization to highlight the need for diversity in accounting and suggest strategies to change the trend. Since then, some firms have conducted roundtable discussions, challenged HR professionals to find qualified diverse candidates, and renewed commitments to foster a diverse environment. So, what progress has been made across our industry?

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2017 AICPA Trends in the Supply of Accounting Graduates and the Demand for Public Accounting Recruits

Review demographics of U.S. accounting enrollments and graduates as well as hires in the public accounting sector.

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High School & College Students

  • Scholarships & Awards
    The PICPA offers undergraduate and graduate scholarships as well as writing competitions and other awards.
  • Hispanic Scholarship Fund
    ALPFA and the Hispanic Scholarship Fund have partnered to provide financial resources to assist outstanding Latino students. Scholarships range from $1,500 to $10,000.

Graduates & New Professionals

  • The CPA Exam
    Find out what you need to do to prepare for and ace the CPA Exam.
  • Accounting Affiliate Membership
    Become a member and expand your network, participate in free webinars to build your professional skills, and earn discounts on exam prep materials.

Accounting Firm Resources

Additional Diversity Organizations

CPAs on Diversity
Considerations on Unconscious Bias

Manny Espinoza and Suri Surinder, both from the CTR Factor, discuss the impact of unconscious bias in the business world.
Inspire Future CPAs in the Classroom

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Partner with a Middle School or High School

Meet with students, teach financial literacy concepts, and discuss careers in accounting. The PICPA has prepared presentations for speakers.

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