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.

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

Click here to register.

George Willie Diversity Scholarship & Internship Program

10 firms. 10 students. Up to $100,000 in scholarships for our shared commitment to a diverse and forward-looking profession. In Kentucky, Dean Dorton has been chosen as one of the 10 participating firms!

Attention Students: Are you an ethnically diverse student pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in an accounting or accounting-related major? Do you plan to pursue the CPA licensure? AICPA PCPS is connecting member firms with promising accounting majors of ethnically diverse backgrounds for an internship during busy season 2022.

As an added measure of support, PCPS is awarding up to $10,000 of financial assistance per student to help with tuition for your final academic year.

Learn more and apply at: - Applications due April 16!

Diversity Recruiting Plan Template

As you think about staffing for the upcoming year, consider the importance of incorporating diverse perspectives and backgrounds in your firm’s work and culture.  Whether recruiting online, through social media or through campus events and job fairs, be sure to develop an actionable diversity recruiting plan to map out your efforts for finding top talent.  In fact, your firm may want to take an additional commitment to diversity by applying to be a cosponsor for the PCPS George Willie Ethnically Diverse Student Scholarship and Internship program

This tool is an example of the turnkey practice management tools and resources PCPS delivers. PCPS is an add-on firm membership section within the AICPA. A PCPS firm membership, at only $35 per CPA, up to a max of $700 per firm, is a great investment for a broad range of practice management resources. Find out if you are already a PCPS member or register for a virtual tour to learn more.

Additional Resources

Accounting Inclusion Maturity Model

Business Case for Diversity and Inclusion

PCPS Diversity and Inclusion Toolkit

AICPA D&I Resources for Professionals

AICPA D&I Resources for Firms

AICPA D&I Resources for Educators

AICPA D&I Resources for Students


Keeping microaggressions out of your workplace

What anti-bias training can - and can't - accomplish in the workplace

Building a truly effective D&I initiative 

Diversity & Inclusion: a conversation we must have