INSIDE Public Accounting Recognizes Firms With the Highest Percentage of Females in the Partnership Ranks

Mike Platt

Mike Platt

INSIDE Public Accounting (IPA) has recognized 30 firms – 10 each in the IPA 100, 200 and 300 – that have the highest percentages of female owners among the largest accounting firms in the nation. These firms have made development, advancement and retention of women a priority. The percentages range from 27% female partners to a high of 71%.

The ranking was developed after studying more than 550 responses comprised in the 28th Annual National Benchmarking Report. The honor is noteworthy, as the profession has long struggled with increasing the number of women in its partnership ranks, despite the fact that more than half of the accounting labor pool is made up of women.

The percentage of female owners this reporting year is at 18.9%, up slightly from 17.5% in 2016. But among firms above $50 million, the average is 15.9%, a small percentage increase from 2016 at 15.7%.

“Investing in women pays off,” says Mike Platt, publisher of INSIDE Public Accounting. “Not only are these firms doing a good job of developing future leaders, they are also building a partnership group that is more reflective of the clients they are serving. And with the intense battle for top talent, combined with an exodus of retiring partners, firm leaders cannot afford to make anything less than a concerted financial and cultural commitment to bringing more women into the partnership ranks.”

IPA extends its congratulations to the firms for making the development, advancement and retention of women a priority. View the full list and details in an excerpted copy of the IPA October Newsletter.