Seventy-six percent of the 120 firms in attendance at the Forum for Women in Accounting, a three-day confab in its second year, have a strategic plan in place.

However, only about half the participants indicated that those plans are shared with everyone in the firm. "If you can show your strategic plan to recruits, you will retain them longer," said Gary Boomer (pictured) of Boomer Consulting in Manhattan, Kan. His associate, Sandra Wiley, added that the plan should be introduced to employees at orientation.

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