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  • BLACK CPA CENTENNIAL CELEBRATES FIRST BLACK CPA

    July 19, 2021

    “African-Americans struggled against incredible barriers in order to become CPAs and were virtually invisible,” said Theresa A. Hammond, CPA, Ph.D., accounting professor at San Francisco State University’s Lam Family College of Business. The first CPA law was passed in New York 1896. It would be another 25 years before a Black person joined the profession. The primary blockers that made licensure essentially impossible for many aspiring Black CPAs included education, experience, and exclusion. John W. Cromwell, Jr., the son of a former slave, overcame many obstacles in his life to earn his place in history as the nation’s first Black CPA in 1921. His story is an inspiration and lesson in tenacity for future generations of Black accountants.

  • HISTORY OF KENTUCKY'S FIRST BLACK CPAS

    July 19, 2021

    This article looks at the life and legacy of two great CPAs - Chauncey Christian and Cary Lewis.

  • DELOITTE COMMITS $75 MILLION TO FUEL GREATER RACIAL AND ETHNIC DIVERSITY IN TAX AND ACCOUNTING

    July 19, 2021

    Deloitte announced June 2, 2021 the establishment of Making Accounting Diverse and Equitable (MADE), a commitment to generate more advisory, auditing, and tax career opportunities and leadership pathways for the next generation of certified public accountants (CPAs). MADE represents a bold vision for the accounting profession, both in terms of increasing racial and ethnic diversity, and helping students of color see and realize their future in business through the prism and possibilities of accounting.

  • Leveraging personal branding, EQ and other leadership skills to advance

    July 19, 2021

    One of the most frequently asked questions I get is how to advance within a public accounting firm, a company and/or the profession. In this column, I will explore how to leverage personal branding, emotional intelligence (EQ) and other leadership skills and strategies to advance by sharing advice from personal experience, feedback, research and interviews with several leaders within our CPA profession.

  • Opening doors for others: The first Black woman to become a CPA

    July 19, 2021

    Mary T. Washington Wylie in 1943 became the nation’s first Black woman to earn the CPA license, a notable achievement in a remarkable life filled with many accomplishments. Washington Wylie also made it her life’s mission to hire and mentor Black aspiring CPAs. Her story illustrates the importance of early Black CPAs’ success and the advances they made for future generations of accountants.

  • Career paths and journeys

    July 19, 2021

    there are many different career paths and journeys that people take to achieve their success. Check out some of them in this article.

  • Kentucky property taxes on commercial real estate

    July 19, 2021

    Property taxes, especially real property taxes, matter to businesses or non-profits with locations in Kentucky, because such taxes often present a material cost that may be either managed so that only the appropriate amount of tax is levied or avoided when an exemption applies.

  • Implementing technologies on an accelerated basis

    June 23, 2021

    CPAs are trained to be methodical. They know how to break down assignments into smaller tasks to complete projects on time and within the established budget. That’s why they are perfect to work on complex projects that involve implementing technologies, especially on an accelerated schedule.

  • Do you really need a cyber insurance policy?

    June 23, 2021

    You walk into work in the morning and boot up your computer to find a message that your network has been taken hostage. The captors say you need to pay them bitcoin within the next 24 hours or else. When the operation and finance of your business hangs in the balance, this can be a nerve-racking experience, especially if you have never faced it before. You followed the advice on what to do to secure your network, but the worst has still happened — so what now? Hopefully, as part of your technology risk management plan, you have purchased cyber liability insurance.

  • Cybersecurity: A comprehensive approach

    June 23, 2021

    Cybersecurity has been linked to computer use from the first day hackers made an appearance. The coronavirus pandemic has changed the thread of the security conversation like never before. Though remote computing has existed for decades, what was essentially a trickle of workforce participation has turned into a waterfall. With a large workforce operating outside the traditional office, it’s worth reviewing cybersecurity issues from outside the office walls before turning inward.