Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
At Abdo, Eick & Meyers, LLP, we recognize the need for continuous improvement in diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives throughout our firm and the accounting industry at large. We believe that when we understand each other better, we grow better together. Through our annual Affirmative Action reporting, we identify areas where improvement is needed and take steps to address these areas.
Over the past year, we have increased our efforts to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion within our firm and community through implicit/unconscious bias, anti-harassment, and interview training. In 2021, our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee looks forward to implementing a full scope of ideas, projects, and initiatives to move our firm forward through learning, understanding, and improving on these issues.
We have increased our number of women at the highest leadership level in recent years, with the last four additions to our partner group being female. We strive for continued growth in our ability to attract and retain women and people of color within our firm and we are working towards greater equity and diversity for all within our industry.
In order to build a more inclusive work environment, the firm has implemented diversity and inclusion education and have required all employees to attend a series of monthly sessions provided by the Greater Mankato Diversity Council. A video training resource on the topic of empathy is also being developed for further employee education and awareness. Additional DEI initiatives are listed below!
We strive to continue growth in our ability to attract and retain women and people of color to work towards greater equity and diversity.
AICPA PCPS George Willie Ethnically Diverse Student Scholarship & Internship Program
We are honored and excited to be one of 10 US firms co-sponsoring the AICPA PCPS George Willie Ethnically Diverse Student Scholarship & Internship Program in 2022. As a co-sponsor, we will host an ethnic minority accounting student to work alongside our CPAs and advisors during the 2022 internship season.
In 2020, the firm applied to be a co-sponsor for the AICPA PCPS George Willie Ethnically Diverse Student Scholarship & Internship, which allows 10 ethnically diverse accounting students the opportunity to be awarded internships with a firm that has been selected by the AICPA as co-sponsors of the program. Earlier this year, we found out that we were one of 10 firms in the nation to be selected as a co-sponsor for 2022. As a co-sponsor, we will host an ethnic minority accounting student to work alongside our CPAs and advisors during the 2022 internship season.
We are committed to the continued support and advancement of women in our firm and in our communities and one of the ways we do this is through partnership with YWCA Mankato, an organization that is continually empowering women in our communities to enhance their individual strengths and build leadership skills. In 2020, we were proud to be a sponsor of the Elizabeth Kearney Women’s Leadership Program and we continue to be an annual attendee of the Women’s Leadership Conference – which was held virtually last year with great success!
For years, Minnesota State University, Mankato has been the primary university we recruit from for our summer program participants and interns. Recently, we met with the leaders of the newly formed National Association of Black Accountants chapter at Minnesota State University, Mankato and elected to be a sponsor for the 2021-2022 academic year. We believe this partnership is a starting point towards increasing the diversity of our future summer program participants and interns.
In 2021, we celebrated International Women’s Day with the Edina Chamber of Commerce as the sponsor of the Healing & Moving Forward Together webinar – part of their Women Inspiring Leadership & Learning (W.I.L.L.) series. Attendees heard from Jasmine Stringer – speaker, lifestyle expert, and author – as she guided us through how to communicate, be a better ally, and become connected, informed and engaged in support of our colleagues of color within the workplace and the community.
Want to learn more about our Diversity, Equity & Inclusion initiatives and how we are striving for a more inclusive workplace for all employees? Reach out to an AEM Talent Management Specialist to learn more.