Accounting & Financial Women’s Alliance and AWSCPA Announce 2017 Best Public Accounting Firms for Women and Best Firms for Leadership Equity
Firms Raise the Bar for Advancing Women to Top Leadership
More women are getting further at the 12 accounting firms that comprise the Accounting MOVE Project’s 2017 Best Public Accounting Firms for Women list. Women comprise 28% of partners and principals at these firms, compared to 24% in aggregate for the 49 firms that participated in the 2017 benchmarking survey. The MOVE Project is the profession’s only annual benchmark of the status of women in the leadership pipeline.
“Innovative firms are finding that they win new clients when they clear the way for senior women to open new offices and new lines of business designed around workplace flexibility and collaborative growth strategies,” said Joanne Cleaver, president of Wilson-Taylor Associates, Inc., the content strategy firm that designed and manages the annual MOVE Project.
“I’m proud of the role the MOVE project has played in the progress and momentum across our industry. I look forward to it continuing to be a meaningful forum to share ideas, challenges and successes.”
-Jen Wyne, executive director of human resources at Moss Adams (founding sponsor of the MOVE Project)
“As a long-time sponsor of the MOVE Project, it is satisfying to see progress not only at our Firm when it comes to improving retention and partnership ranks but in other MOVE firms. There’s much more progress to be seen, but we’re seeing the opportunities that arise when a Firm culture embrace the understanding that when women win, everyone wins.”
-Risa Lavine, chief of staff at CohnReznick (national sponsor of the MOVE Project)
“With this year’s MOVE report, AFWA is thrilled to have data and information about women moving through the pipeline in firms. We know this report will be essential in every firm’s support of women among senior and c-suite ranks.”
-Ericka Harney, executive director of Accounting & Financial Women’s Alliance (AFWA)
“AWSCPA is proud to support the MOVE Project. The work to increase the women in the pipeline and at the partner levels is very important to the future of our profession.”
-Danielle Supkis Cheek, administrator of American Woman’s Society of Certified Public Accountants (AWSCPA)
Top Trends From the 2017 Accounting MOVE Project
- Transparent career paths enable women to anticipate work-life conflicts and proactively propose solutions.
- Firms whose leaders continually communicate with rising women make many small course adjustments to retain women in the partnership pipeline and to ensure that they are offered key growth opportunities.
- A few firms, including Moss Adams, are breaking down firm-wide measurements for advancing women to to practice areas and offices. That injects immediacy to the overarching initiative and equips office and practice leaders with context for creating fresh ways to retain and advance women.
Best Accounting Firms for Women
The 12 firms named to the Best Accounting Firms for Women list demonstrate three characteristics:
- Consistent, measurable progress in advancing women to leadership.
- Proven and continually evolving programs that retain and advance women.
- Clear and compelling integration of the business case for advancing women with business results.
BeachFleischman (Tucson, AZ)
Digital business development through content marketing has emerged as a powerful magnet for new clients – and it aligns perfectly with the ambitions of telecommuting women. The firm tracks wins and credits individuals for their successes. It’s one of many reasons why women comprise 37.5% of its partners and principals.