MOVE Project Ranks 2014 Best Public Accounting Firms for Women, Leadership Equity

Ten firms have been named to the 2014 Best Public Accounting Firms for Women by the Accounting & Financial Women’s Alliance and the American Woman’s Society of CPAs (AWSCPA). More than 50 firms participated in the 2014 Accounting MOVE Project.

The firms named to the best list share a commitment to advancing women, as demonstrated through consistent improvement in the number of women in their leadership pipeline and documented success of their MOVE programs and culture. MOVE stands for money, or pay equity; opportunity; vital supports for work-life; and entrepreneurship.

In its fifth year, the 2014 Accounting MOVE Project also introduces the Best Public Accounting Firms for Leadership Equity.

The 2014 Best Public Accounting Firms for Women are firms with at least 40 employees, where women comprise about 38% of top leaders. Firms are listed in alphabetical order.

Chicago-based Baker Tilly Virchow Krause LLC (FY14 net revenue of $327.8 million) closely tracks the women in the organization and analyzes the proportion of women in its pipeline by business unit, while assuring that business development is integrated early and often into its partnership training.

At Tucson, Ariz.-based BeachFleischman (FY13 net revenue of $20.3 million), women comprise 32% of partners and principals, reflecting an accelerating rate of promotions. Productivity is directly supported through focused work-life benefits, including sick-child care and holistic wellness programs.

For those women at Pittsford, N.Y.-based The Bonadio Group (FY14 net revenue of $68.3 million) who are on a partner track, the firm makes a clear distinction on how flexible work arrangements, common at many firms and certainly at Bonadio, will relate to their advancement potential and timeframe. The firm’s pre-partner track provides a way for women to pace their pursuit of partnership. This year, 29% of Bonadio’s partners and principals are women.

Clark Nuber (FY13 net revenue of $31 million) of Bellevue, Wash., clearly spelled out performance and leadership qualification goals are especially effective at providing mid-level women with career milestones. Each partner is either a mentor or a performance manger, and in some cases both, to at least a few rising leaders, providing feedback that enables women to see precisely how they are advancing. This year, 31% of the firm’s partners and principals are women.

New York-based CohnReznick LLP (FY14 net revenue of $508.2 million) used the launch of its initiative, WomenCAN, to create new relationships across the blended organization. Detailed analysis revealed organic strengths in a few offices that the firm is cultivating for cross-pollination.

Lurie Besikof Lapidus & Company LLP (FY13 net revenue of $23 million) of Minneapolis has Beth Kieffer Leonard as MP and Kimpa Moss as partner for operations and administration. Rising women have two strong models for career destination and leadership style. Women comprise a healthy 27% of partners and principals overall.

At Seattle-based Moss Adams LLP (FY13 net revenue of $403 million) women now account for 24% of partners, as the firm drives accountability and responsibility for advancing women to practice and office leaders. Context is key: Leaders receive insight into their scorecard results and guidance on next steps from firm leaders. Moss Adams is also winning new clients with results-driven networking partnerships designed to help women grow their network and build their book of business.

Southfield, Mich.-based Plante Moran (FY13 net revenue of $411.3 million) is nationally known for its work-life programs. It is strengthening how it tracks potential women leaders and is building its network of champions for women in each office. This spring the firm published its first report that tracks its women in leadership initiative.

At Saginaw, Mich.-based Rehmann (FY13 gross revenue of $104.2 million), firm leaders regularly review the status of leadership-track women, ensuring that none escape the chance for stretch and high-profile assignments. Now, Rehmann is developing detailed metrics that identify high-potential women early, with the aim of equipping them with both general management skills and insight into next career steps.

Roseland, N.J.-based Rothstein Kass & Company (FY13 net revenue of $202 million) continues to lead the way as an innovator in business development. Its annual study, “Women in Alternative Investments,” influences authority, expertise and referrals into its women’s business development programs.

These firms, in alphabetical order, are the 2014 Best Public Accounting Firms for Leadership Equity.

  • Atlanta-based Frazier & Deeter LLC (FY13 net revenue of $53 million), 34%
  • San Francisco-based Hood & Strong LLP (FY14 net revenue of $15 million), 39%
  • Rochester, N.Y.-based Insero & Company CPAs P.C., 52%
  • Johanson & Yau Accountancy Corporation, 45%
  • Sarasota, Fla.-based Kerkering, Barberio & Co. (FY13 net revenue of $17 million), 58%
  • Mahoney, Ulbrich, Christiansen & Russ P.A. of San Jose, Calif., 38%
  • Marks Nelson Vohland Campbell Radetic LLC (FY13 net revenue of $12.6 million) of Kansas City, Mo.,36%
  • Moody, Famiglietti & Andronico, LLP of Tewksbury, Mass., 41%
  • Louisville-based Mountjoy Chilton Medley LLP (FY13 net revenue of $37.4 millon), 38%