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CohnReznick Named to Accounting & Financial Women’s Alliance and AWSCPA 2015 Best Public Accounting Firms for Women


6/4/15
 
Accounting MOVE Project finds Women are gaining traction at public accounting firms
 
New York, NY For the second consecutive year, CohnReznick, one of the top accounting, tax, and advisory firms in the U.S., was named to the Accounting MOVE Project Best CPA Firms for Women List, released by the Accounting & Financial Women’s Alliance (AFWA) and American Women’s Society of CPAs (AWSCPA). 
 
The 10 firms named to the Best CPA Firms for Women list demonstrate three characteristics:
 
  • Consistent, measurable progress in advancing women. 
  • Proven and continually evolving programs that retain and advance women. 
  • Evidence that the firm’s advancement of women is intrinsic to its growth and succession goals. 
 
MOVE recognized CohnReznick for WomenCAN: A Collaborative Advocacy Network for Women, which invests in the career growth and long-term development of women, and other Firm efforts. Specifically, according to the MOVE Project, “Office and managing partners are using the CohnReznick women’s initiative for finding and developing rising talent, integrating the initiative with the firm’s client service goals. The firm has gained a bird’s-eye view of culture change by asking about the perception and results of women’s development programs via a firm-wide culture survey and ongoing dialogue with key stakeholders.”
 
“Women’s initiatives can have a permeating effect on a firm’s culture, leadership pipeline and overall growth, and we’ve seen that impact with our own WomenCAN initiative,” said Risa Lavine, a CohnReznick principal and the Firm’s Chief of Staff. “We are proud to sponsor the MOVE Project as it continues to highlight not only the best firms, but also best practices that inspire and help move the needle.” 
 
Top Trends from the 2015 Accounting MOVE Project:
 
  • Pay equity is the topic that won’t go away. Celebrities and politicians are advocating for pay equity transparency and accountability. Firms have a chance to make pay equity a point of strength and trust. 
  • CPA firms are inviting millennials to join senior staff in networking and business development training, in turn making those processes more democratic.
  • Firms that have gained momentum in their advancement of women use their women’s initiatives as strategic growth drivers.
 
“Women are a differentiating factor for firms competing intensely for new clients,” said Joanne Cleaver, president of Wilson-Taylor Associates, Inc., the content and communications firm that manages the Accounting MOVE Project. “Most employers are concerned with advancing women, and they want to do business with CPA firms that share those values.” 
 
CohnReznick is an Accounting MOVE Project National Sponsor. 
 
 
About AFWA
The Accounting & Financial Women’s Alliance promotes the professional growth of women in accounting and finance. Members of the association benefit from opportunities to connect with colleagues, advance their careers, and become industry leaders. For 75 years, the organization has proudly upheld its mission to enable women in all accounting and related fields to achieve their full personal, professional and economic potential, and to contribute to the future development of their profession. Visit www.afwa.org for more information. 
 
About AWSCPA
AWSCPA is a national organization founded in 1933 dedicated to serving all women CPAs. The AWSCPA provides a supportive environment and valuable resources for members to achieve their personal and professional goals through various opportunities including leadership, networking and education. As the only resource exclusively for women CPAs and those aspiring to become certified, the society provides information as well as scholarships to those in the profession. The society is a leader in addressing concerns such as gender equity, the glass ceiling, and work and family issues. AWSCPA members—from individual practitioners to professionals in industry, academia, and government, as well as partners in all of the largest firms—work in all segments of the accounting and financial professions. Visit the AWSCPA website at www.awscpa.org or call the society’s office at 800-AWSCPA1 (800-297-2721).
 
About Wilson-Taylor Associates, Inc. 
Strategic communications firm Wilson-Taylor Associates, Inc., has been designing and managing national research projects that measure the progress of women in the workplace since 1998. Its methodology pivots on factors proven to remove barriers so that women can fully participate in driving business results. Led by veteran business journalist Joanne Cleaver, its existing and past clients include Women in Cable Telecommunications, the Women's Transportation Seminar, the Alliance for Workplace Excellence, SitterCity, Ebyline.com and many others. Please see Wilson-Taylor’s portfolio of work at www.wilson-taylorassoc.com.
 
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