For years, diversity and inclusion initiatives have made accounting firms and the profession at large aware of the issue, encouraging professionals to take notice of a changing population, but diversity numbers remaining largely unchanged over the last decade or so: Data from the American Institute of CPAs puts African-American and Asian professionals at just 4 percent and 5 percent of accounting partnerships, respectively, as of 2012. Similarly, female professionals only make up 19 percent of partners across the country.

It’s become clear more action is needed, which is why difference-makers in accounting diversity are putting in the work to change the face of accounting and its leadership for years to come.

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