Closing the Diversity Gap

The accounting profession in the United States, encompassing public accounting and management accounting (accounting and financial professionals working in organizations), faces a crisis of growing proportion—a diversity gap—particularly at the leadership levels.

This crisis contributes to the various challenges that prevent the profession from achieving longer-term sustainability, greater innovation, and its full potential to serve and protect the public interest.

IMA® (Institute of Management Accountants) and CalCPA (California Society of CPAs), working collaboratively with research partners, contributors, and advisors, recently conducted a study to look into diversity, equity, and inclusion (DE&I) in the accounting profession (see “Diversifying U.S. Accounting Talent”).

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