The event may be have been billed as The Forum for Women in Accounting, but the issues and topics discussed at the three-day confab here were decidedly not just for one gender.That was the overriding sentiment during the course of the conference, and one that resonated with the majority of the 250 attendees, which even included a handful of men.

“Staffing shortages drove women’s issues into a business-case scenario,” explained Gale Crosley, CPA, founder of Atlanta-based consultancy Crosley + Co. and one of the founders of the conference. “This is a joint gender issue. It was important to make it a joint gender conference. We’ve got a great foundation; now it’s a matter of how we take it to the next level.”

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