Diversity and Inclusion

Include everyone, exclude no one. 


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Meet KyCPA's Diversity and Inclusion committee chair, Rene Valadez, CPA.



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Part 1 

KyCPA members Rene Valadez and Kim Burse discuss the Society's Diversity and Inclusion Committees' four-phased process to develop recommendations to promote not only diversity of the profession and inclusion of underrepresented groups, but that will also increase the percentage of these individuals studying, pursuing and remaining in the accounting profession. 

Part 2 

Rene Valadez and Kim Burse share AICPA diversity and inclusion resources and personal experiences during their professional journey towards becoming a CPA and now as members of the CPA profession. 

Upcoming Webinars

Crossing Bridges

Recent events in our nation have brought into clearer focus the critical need for organizations to create a diverse and inclusive culture where all can thrive. Enhancing awareness, identifying and addressing unconscious biases, and creating an environment where all feel comfortable bringing their authentic selves to the workplace are practices that must be part of every organization's workforce development strategy. 

Join KyCPA, in partnership with the Ohio Society of CPAs, on this important journey by participating in the Crossing Bridges Series. This series was created to help organizations advance their understanding and implementation of diversity and inclusion (D + I) initiatives. Long considered the right thing to do, D + I training has not always been viewed as essential. That mindset must change and the time to do so is now.

KyCPA invites you to tune in to hear from a variety of D + I thought leaders on ways your organization can engage in these important conversations and take your D + I efforts to the next level. Together, we will learn about the complexities and value involved in bringing awareness and sensitivity training to employees with the goal of building a more diverse and welcoming workplace.

Socializing Inclusiveness Throughout Your Organization

Nov. 17, 2020, 2-3:30 pm EST
$50 for KyCPA members/ $75 for nonmembers
Non-CPE session

Studies show inclusive companies sell more, are more innovative, and have more bottom-line revenue and returns on equity. Why, then, is it so challenging for organizations to embrace the need to create a diverse and inclusive workplace? 

Make time to participate in this important webinar as D+I thought leader LaFern Batie explores how to gain traction on D+I efforts and grow your initiatives organically by focusing on the foundational items that make the most impact. We'll examine ways to socialize and get buy-in from all levels of your organization in creating a culture of inclusion and belonging.

To REGISTER contact Samantha Soutar at

Sustaining an Inclusive Culture During Growth and Succession

Dec. 8, 2020, 2-3:30 pm EST
$35 for KyCPA members/ $50 for nonmembers
Non-CPE session

So you've developed and implemented a diverse and inclusive culture in your organization. But how do you ensure that what you built remains solid as the organization evolves? Join us for this webcast as LaFern Batie explores strategies for future-proofing your D+I plan. 

To REGISTER contact Samantha Soutar at

Stories of Belonging: Equity and Inclusion in the Workplace

Feb. 10, 2021, 10-11:30 am EST
$35 for KyCPA members/ $50 for nonmembers
Non-CPE session

As organizations become more diverse, they inevitably face the challenges that come with different perspectives. Successful organizations recognize the value of creating a workplace culture that is welcoming and where its employees feel safe to be who they are. Join us for this important and engaging panel discussion facilitated by Dr. Cynthia Turner, PhD, Assistant Dean and Chief Diversity Officer at The Ohio State University Fisher College of Business. We'll hear stories of belonging as Dr. Turner guides us through strategies for creating equity and inclusion in the workplace.

To REGISTER contact Samantha Soutar at

Inclusiveness Metrics & Measures: Where Are We Going?

Mar. 10, 2021, 2-3:30 pm EST
$35 for KyCPA members/ $50 for nonmembers
Non-CPE session

Be part of the conversation during this webinar roundtable discussion on how we measure our progress toward creating a diverse and inclusive culture. Dr. Florence Holland, EdD, Lead Manager, Pipeline Initiatives, AICPA, will facilitate a discussion around:

  • Defining our inclusiveness journey
  • Identifying where we need to be as a profession
  • Understanding the inclusiveness metrics and measures we need to target and track collectively

To REGISTER contact Samantha Soutar at


Articles and Resources

Strategies for CPAs to Encourage Positive Changes in Diversity

Q&A: Advocating for Justice, Diversity, and Inclusion

AICPA D&I Resources for Professionals

AICPA D&I Resources for Firms

AICPA D&I Resources for Educators

AICPA D&I Resources for Students