MOVE Project Names 2015 Best Accounting Firms For Women

In its sixth year, the 2015 Accounting MOVE Project reports a significant boost in the proportion of women partners and principals at the 47 CPA firms participating in the project — an average of 22%, up from 17% five years ago, reports the Accounting and Financial Women’s Alliance.

That means the bar is rising for candidates for the annual MOVE Project Best Public Accounting Firms for Women list, released by the Accounting & Financial Women’s Alliance (AFWA) and American Women’s Society of CPAs (AWSCPA).

“The MOVE Project continues to report improvement for women in the accounting field, but we still have much more work to do as an industry,” said Ericka Harney, executive director of the AFWA. “AFWA and the MOVE Project are dedicated to efforts that empower women in the industry and assist in advancing women to senior roles with equal pay.”

Top Trends From the 2015 Accounting MOVE Project

  • Pay equity is the topic that won’t go away. Celebrities and politicians are advocating for pay equity transparency and accountability. Firms have a chance to make pay equity a point of strength and trust.
  • Networking and business development training is becoming more democratic at CPA firms as firms include Millennials and senior staff earlier in their careers with scaled training and networking opportunities.
  • Firms that have gained momentum in their advancement of women use their women’s initiatives as strategic growth drivers.

“Women are a differentiating factor for firms competing intensely for new clients,” said Joanne Cleaver, president of Wilson-Taylor Associates, Inc., the content and communications firm that manages the Accounting MOVE Project. “Most employers are concerned with advancing women, and they want to do business with CPA firms that share those values.”


The 10 firms named to the Best CPA Firms for Women list demonstrate three characteristics: consistent, measurable progress in advancing women; proven and continually evolving programs that retain and advance women; and evidence that the firm’s advancement of women is intrinsic to its growth and succession goals.

The firms are:

  • Burr Pilger Mayer, San Francisco
  • CohnReznick, New York
  • Lurie Besikof Lapidus, Minneapolis
  • Mahoney Ulbrich Christiansen Russ PA, Minneapolis
  • Moss Adams, Seattle
  • OUM & Co., San Francisco
  • Plante Moran, Southfield, Mich.
  • Rehmann, Troy, Mich.
  • The Bonadio Group, Pittsford, N.Y.
  • Yeo & Yeo CPAs & Business Consultants, Saginaw, Mich.

2015 Accounting MOVE Project Equity Leadership Firms

The Accounting MOVE Project also recognizes 14 firms on its Equity Leadership list—firms with at least 50 employees and a minimum of 32% female partners and principals:

  • RoseRyan; Newark, Calif.; 100%;
  • Kerkering, Barberio & Co.; Sarasota, Fla.; 58%;
  • Kositzka, Wicks & Company; Alexandria, Va.; 54%;
  • HBE Becker Meyer Love LLP; Lincoln, Neb.; 50%;
  • LGC&D; Providence, R.I.; 47%;
  • Henry & Horne; Tempe, Ariz.; 46.7%;
  • Abbott, Stringham & Lynch; San Jose, Calif.; 46%;
  • Johanson & Yau; San Jose, Calif.; 45%;
  • Hood & Strong; San Francisco, 43%;
  • NSBN LLP; Beverly Hills, Calif.; 42%;
  • Windham Brannon; Atlanta, 42%;
  • MCM; Louisville, Ken.; 38%;
  • Clark Nuber; Bellevue, Wash.; 35%;
  • BeachFleischman PC; Tucson, Ariz.; 32%;