Diversity & Inclusion
AAFCPAs has worked tirelessly to embrace diversity and enhance inclusion throughout all levels of the organization. We are committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace and are a recognized leader among CPA firms for our successful diversity initiatives. Our most noteworthy accomplishments are:
- AAFCPAs has a formal Diversity Initiative. As we continue to grow, hire new team members, and engage new clients, we are committed to understand the needs and values of our workforce and our client base. Our Diversity Initiative includes ongoing data gathering, surveys, roundtables, staff forums, and annual awareness training. This Initiative goes beyond multicultural awareness and training, and includes specific goals, programs and best practices for sustainable and meaningful change.
- 100% Firm Participation in Diversity Awareness Training. All AAFCPAs team members participate in innovative, implementation-focused Diversity & Inclusion awareness training. We believe that talking and training alone will not bring about change. Therefore, all team members have committed to be aware of their conscious and unconscious biases, and change practices and processes as appropriate.
- AAFCPAs has female leadership. Carla McCall, CPA, CGMA, co-managing partner, has been recognized often in Boston’s business community, as well as nationally as a recipient of the 2016 ATHENA Leadership Award, and the 2017 “Forty Women over 40 to Watch” list. She sets an important “tone at the top,” and is honored to pave the way for future diverse leaders at AAFCPAs.
- AAFCPAs has a thriving Women’s Opportunity Network (WON). This Network, established in 2011, is a forum to understand the issues faced by women in the CPA profession. AAFCPAs’ WON is committed to sharing conversations and developing creative ways to help women succeed in finding that magic balance between home life, family and career.
- 53% of AAFCPAs’ current Manager Team are women. In 2011, that percentage was only 16%. This demonstrates our firm’s genuine commitment to retaining women at the management level.
- AAFCPAs’ number of female supervisors has increased 50% since 2011.
- 10% of AAF’s professional staff were born in locations such as: China, South Africa, Kenya, Liberia, Russia, Albania, Taiwan, Greece, India and Portugal.
- AAFCPAs’ recruitment outreach involves local, regional, and national organizations
- National Association of Black Accountants (NABA)
- Association of Latino Professionals in Finance & Accounting (ALPFA)
- Diversity and Inclusiveness are strategically aligned with AAFCPAs’ business goals
AAFCPAs fully embraces the diversity platform taken by the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) and participates in diversity discussions at the Massachusetts Society of CPAs (MSCPA) leadership level. We are pleased with our effort and achievements but consider it a work in progress and will not be satisfied until our organization accurately reflects the diversity of the global workforce and the communities we serve. We are determined to reach this goal!
“When we feel a sense of belonging it is not because we are the same as everyone else, but because we have been accepted as we are.” – Unknown