CPAs and their firms and companies are always looking for ways to grow business, but what if there was a way to gain advantage each year? According to Kimberly Ellison-Taylor, CPA, there is: diversity and inclusion.
"Diversity is the key to our strategic year-over-year advantage," Ellison-Taylor said of the CPA profession at the VSCPA's 49th Annual Accounting & Auditing Conference on Sept. 26, 2019, in Fairfax. "A diverse and inclusive workforce is crucial to encouraging different perspectives and ideas that drive innovation," she said.
Three things are greatly affecting businesses today: the pace of change, the global environment and technology. To tackle those areas, you need different ways of thinking. And you only find that, Ellison-Taylor says, but making the table bigger and inviting different people in. Some of that starts with recruiting differently.
"We've got biases built in to how we recruit people," she says. "If we always do what we've always done, we're going to get what we've always gotten."
"How many people are amazing and gifted and would never see your desk?"
Creating a diverse and inclusive workforce is one of the VSCPA's core organizational values. The Society offers resources and programs through the Center for Innovation to help members foster an environment that respects and reflects a diversity of people, cultures and perspectives. To show our commitment, in July 2019 the VSCPA recently signed onto CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion™, and also created a special Board of Directors Task Force this year to promote and grow diversity in the CPA profession in Virginia.