The Return of the Finance Talent War

Senior executive hiring has returned at an increased pace over pre-pandemic levels in recent months. Pent-up demand, stimulus-induced growth, and less-than-predicted economic damage have many organizations aggressively seeking to bring in new leadership talent. This year is already among the top five years of recruitment activity I have observed in…...

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…...

How to Attract More Women into Finance

It’s no secret that financial services is yet another sector in need of a gender re-balance.  Despite recent successful campaigns, evidence indicates that women occupying senior positions in finance are largely represented in support functions, rather than fee-generating roles.  This suggests that gender diversity remains an issue and that there…...

Career Changes During the Pandemic

Shifting priorities during the global pandemic provide new job opportunities for finance professionals equipped to adapt to change.   We’re living through a period of immense economic uncertainty as the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic continue to play out. In times like these, it might seem cavalier for finance professionals…...

CFOs Must Embrace a Culture of Equality

The numbers don’t look so good: Only 11 of the Fortune 100 companies in the U.S. have an African American, Black, Asian, Asian American, Hispanic, or Latinx CEO. Just seven have a woman at the helm. (Latinx is a gender-neutral neologism, sometimes used to refer to people of Latin American cultural or ethnic identity in the United States.) Diversity among…...

Bank be nimble, bank be quick: how financial institutions can become more agile in times of pandemic

If banks want to survive and thrive in and after COVID-19, AI and machine learning are very important, but the current approach to making these technologies happen simply isn’t fit for purpose.  Automating development, deployment and monitoring processes unblocks the bottleneck. You’ve probably heard the one about COVID-19 doing more…...