Women have been historically underrepresented at the top levels of the accounting profession. And while the reasons for this are complex, the time for excuses is over. Moss Adams long ago came to the conclusion that there’s both a moral and a business case for making sure women have the same opportunities as men, and we’re hard at work translating that progressive thinking into reality. We call our effort Forum_W.
The objective of Forum_W is to accelerate our ability to attract, develop, retain, and advance talented women.
For us, the business case is clear: Women represent a sizable portion of our talent base. If we fail to cultivate their careers, we forfeit our investment in that talent—and disrupt our ability to provide the level of service our clients have come to expect from us.
What’s more, women are increasingly the leaders and owners of the organizations we serve. Since the gender mix of the business world as a whole is shifting, it’s incumbent on us to match that diversity. Doing so will increase clients’ comfort level with us and help us be more competitive in the marketplace.
Forum_W concentrates on four key priorities:
- Dialogue. Listening to women regarding their career goals and experiences at Moss Adams
- Networking. Establishing a solid foundation of relationships inside and outside the firm
- Mentoring. Connecting those who are developing with those who have already achieved
- Advancement. Providing ample growth opportunities and encouraging the pursuit of leadership roles