George Floyd: One year later

Scott Wiley smiling for the camera.

As we approach the one-year anniversary of George Floyd’s murder, I have spent time reflecting on the awareness and awakening that tragic event sparked in our nation. Since that day, there has been a sea change in the business community with many organizations stepping up to do their part to end racism and discrimination in the workplace. I am heartened by the fact that more are engaging in diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives. More are engaging their teams in the difficult but necessary conversations that lead to a more welcoming workplace. And more are working to ensure opportunity within their organizations is accessible to all who seek it.

While the accounting and finance profession cannot eliminate racism and social injustice, we can and do have an important role to play in developing solutions that move us in that direction. Research shows that diverse organizations are more innovative and have greater business growth. And today, more than ever before, there are more resources available to help organizations develop the framework to guide their DE&I initiatives. As the saying goes, the journey of a thousand miles begins with the first step. And the Ohio Society of CPAs is here to help you take that first step.

OSCPA has been a pioneer in the DE&I space within the profession. We were among the first state CPA societies to develop programming to attract underrepresented students to the profession. We were the first to convene a member task force to develop a DE&I framework and the first to have a staff position dedicated exclusively to DE&I efforts. We have developed a cultural assessment to help firms and other employers begin their DE&I work and have used that assessment in our own efforts. And we have formed a staff DE&I Advisory Group to ensure OSCPA is leading by example.

OSCPA has made a three-part commitment to end racism and foster a business environment that makes the opportunity part of the profession accessible to all. Our plan, which consists of Board and CEO leadership, public policy engagement, and marshaling people and economic resources, goes beyond our current efforts and seeks your involvement. In the coming weeks, we will be unveiling the first of our collaborative endeavors. Stay tuned for details. In the meantime, you can learn more about the pledge we are making here. Additionally, I want to share with you an important story we're publishing in our CPA Voice magazine that will be arriving in your mailbox this week. It provides more context for this important work we’re doing.

The move toward a more inclusive and welcoming workplace is a journey, not a destination. Our goal is to make our profession reflective of those we serve. I invite you to join us on this journey, because together, we can transform the state of business.

Scott Wiley, CAE
OSCPA President & CEO

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