2016 Best Public Accounting Firms for Women

2016 Best Public Accounting Firms for Women

The Accounting & Financial Women’s Alliance (AFWA) and American Women’s Society of CPAs (AWSCPA) have released their annual list of 2016 Best CPA Firms for Women list. 2016 Best CPA Firms for Women

The 10 firms named to the list demonstrate three key characteristics:

  • Consistent, measurable progress in advancing women to leadership
  • Proven and evolving programs that retain and advance women
  • Clear and compelling integration of the business case for advancing women

Pittsford, N.Y.-based The Bonadio Group – While 36% female partners and principals is an accomplishment in its own right, The Bonadio Group manages to accelerate more women to leadership even as the firm grows rapidly, currently topping 577 employees. The Bonadio Group reinforces collaboration with its policy of providing equal credit for new business brought in to both the referring employee and the employee working the account.

San Francisco-based Burr Pilger Mayer – In one of the toughest talent markets in the world, BPM has boosted its proportion of women partners by concentrating coaching, professional development and internal networking to help senior managers fine-tune their vision of personal success. The firm is cross-pollinating best practices among its offices to foster mentoring and sponsorship.

Bellevue, Wash.-based Clark Nuber – Leadership is both ‘caught’ and ‘taught,’ which is why Clark Nuber invests heavily in training top leaders to be effective performance managers. Among the skills they must master: advocating for candidates, ferreting out the right opportunities at the right time in candidates’ careers, and never putting career goals on automatic pilot. It’s working, as 38% of the firm’s partners and principals are women.

New York-based CohnReznick – Try it, track it, evaluate success, repeat. That’s how CohnReznick re-invests in the precise programs that make the biggest differences to retaining and advancing women: back-up child care, women’s networking events customized for each office, and top-level coaching for executive sponsors to amplify their results.

Atlanta-based Frazier & Deeter – Frazier & Deeter retains women in its partnership pipeline better than most, with women comprising 31% of partners and principals and 57% of female senior managers. The firm just introduced a 100% child care reimbursement program for all Georgia employees, a move designed to retain Millennials who are starting families and add an additional resource for mid-career women.

Minneapolis-based Lurie – When your CEO and COO are both women, you actively demonstrate how to lead by example. Lurie is increasing market share by sharing with clients and prospects the firm’s dedication to retaining women. Strong female leadership at the firm increases credibility with the entire Twin Cities business community.

Louisville, Ky.-based MCM CPAs and Advisors – The firm achieves what most consider to be impossible: It gains women at higher levels, with women comprising 60% of the firm’s managers, 57% of senior managers and 50% of directors. To help increase referrals within the firm, MCM held a business development program for employees to learn more about cross-selling and how to identify client’s needs for other services.

Seattle-based Moss Adams – With women comprising 27% of its partners, Moss Adams is gaining momentum as it aims for 30% by 2022, and its clients are rooting for it. One tactic: a yearlong leadership development program for high-potential women senior managers. The program is based on a comprehensive analysis of data on what it takes to succeed: personal brand definition, team building, and business development.

Southfield, Mich.-based Plante Moran – When the firm’s first pay equity audit discovered some anomalies, the women’s initiative leadership was drawn into the analysis. The resulting insights helped Plante Moran better understand the intersection of culture and compensation, and how to evolve its renowned programs to ensure holistic equity.

Troy, Mich.-based Rehmann – Women early on in their careers don’t have to wait their turn for leadership development opportunities. Rehmann’s leadership development programs, as well as its Women’s Initiative Network, offer tracks that help associates and senior associates gain traction with a variety of business skills and self-evaluation.

2016 Accounting Move Project Equity Leadership Firms

The Accounting MOVE Project also recognizes firms with 50 or more employees, at which women comprise at least 30% of partners and principals.

  • RoseRyan/Newark, Calif.: 100%
  • Kositzka, Wicks and Co./Alexandria, Va.: 66.7%
  • Kerkering, Barberio & Co./Sarasota, Fla.: 58.3%
  • Hood & Strong/San Francisco: 50%
  • HBE Becker Meyer Love LLP/Lincoln, Neb.: 42.9%
  • MCM CPAs and Advisors: 40.4%
  • Johanson & Yau Accountancy Corp./San Jose, Calif.: 40%
  • Clark Nuber: 38.2%
  • The Bonadio Group: 36.3%
  • BeachFleischman PC/Tucson, Ariz.: 32%
  • Frazier & Deeter: 31.4%