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Accounting MOVE Project offers list of best firms for women

May 17, 2010

Ten accounting firms with top-notch retention and advancing programs for women have been named the Best Accounting Firms for Women by the American Society of Women Accountants and the American Woman’s Society of Certified Public Accountants.

The list was part of The 2010 Accounting MOVE Project, a joint creation between the two Societies along with Wilson-Taylor Associates, a research firm that measures the advancement of women.

The firms that made the list in alphabetical order are: BDO in N.Y., Berry Dunn McNeil & Parker in Portland, Maine, The Bonadio Group in Pittsford, N.Y., CCR in Westborough, Mass., Hood & Strong in San Francisco, Jone & Roth in Eugene, Ore., Moss Adams in Seattle, Rothstein Kass in Roseland, N.J. William Vaughan Company in Maumee, Ohio and Wiss & Co. in Livington, N.J.

Twenty firms were interviewed for the MOVE Project, which included a report that pinpoints barriers and solutions to women’s advancement in the accounting profession. The report digs deep into why women in accounting keep hitting the glass ceiling and offers some insightful recommendations on how to reverse the trend of women leaving the profession.

Key findings include:

· Senior manager is the level at which most women abandon public accounting firms.

· Metrics are weak to nonexistent for women’s initiatives.

· Women are an often overlooked resource for gaining and retaining clients.

· Flexibility is one solution, not the solution.

· Career path and success strategies are opaque to women staff and managers.

For more information or to download the report go here.

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