MOVE Project Lists Best Public Accounting Firms for Women, Equity Leadership

The Accounting & Financial Women’s Alliance, which sponsors the Accounting MOVE Project, announces its annual survey of leading financial and accounting firms for women.

The 2019 Accounting MOVE Report delves into the perceptions and misperceptions that women and firms have about how and why women pursue partnership and other senior leadership positions. The report also outlines tactics that women, advocates for women and firm leaders can take to ensure that all women CPAs can fully achieve their aspirations for their careers and drive firm growth in the process.

Highlights from the 2019 MOVE Report

  • Peer Power: Women’s peer networks are horizontal and tend to be powerful retention factors. By comparison, men’s peer networks tend to be vertical and transactional. Leading MOVE firms shape women’s initiatives to make the most of how women organically cultivate networks.
  • Piecing the Future: Women plot their expectations based on what they observe and experience. Firms that show women the benefits of partnership and that build confidence and results with early business development seed ambition for partnership.
  • Intervention Builds Retention: Women don’t want to choose between coasting and quitting. Firms strengthen retention by cultivating multiple paths to senior positions, and by working with women before they reach the point of no return.

2019 Accounting MOVE Project Best CPA Firms for Women:

  • Pittsford, N.Y.-based The Bonadio Group (FY18 net revenue of $97.9 million)
  • San Francisco-based BPM LLP (FY18 net revenue of $99.5 million)
  • Creve Coeur, Mo.-based Brown Smith Wallace (FY18 net revenue of $50 million)
  • Clark Nuber (FY17 net revenue of $38.6 million) of Bellevue, Wash.
  • New York-based CohnReznick LLP (FY18 net revenue of $623.7 million)
  • Fargo, N.D.-based Eide Bailly (FY18 net revenue of $299.2 million)
  • Greenville, S.C.-based Elliott Davis (FY19 net revenue of $126.3 million)
  • Lurie LLP (FY17 net revenue of $28 million) of Minneapolis
  • Louisville, Ky.-based MCM CPAs & Advisors (FY18 net revenue of $56.8 million)
  • Seattle-based Moss Adams (FY18 net revenue of $691 million)
  • San Francisco-based Novogradac & Co. (FY18 net revenue of $147.4 million)
  • San Francisco-based OUM & Co. (FY18 net revenue of $19.9 million)
  • Southfield, Mich.-based Plante Moran (FY18 net revenue of $542.1 million)
  • Troy, Mich.-based Rehmann (FY18 net revenue of $143 million)

2019 Accounting MOVE Project Best CPA Firms for Equity Leadership
The Best CPA Firms for Equity Leadership list recognizes firms with at least 33% women partners and principals, as 33% is widely recognized as the tipping point for members of any identity group to have individual impact.

In descending order of percentage of women partners and principals; firms also on the Best CPA Firms for Women indicated with an *.

  • Powell, Ohio-based Kaiser Consulting – 100%
  • Sarasota, Fla.-based Kerkering Barberio & Co. (FY18 net revenue of $16.5 million) – 60%
  • Alexandria, Va.-based KWC CPAs (FY18 net revenue of $14.4 million)
  • RoseRyan of Newark, Calif. – 60%
  • Abbott Stringham & Lynch (FY17 net revenue of $21.8 million) of San Jose, Calif.– 50%
  • Clark Nuber – 50% *
  • Gainesville, Fla.-based James Moore & Co. (FY18 net revenue of $22.3 million) – 50%
  • Bethesda, Md.-based Councilor Buchanan & Mitchell – 47.1%
  • Eugene, Ore.-based Jones & Roth (FY18 net revenue of $15.4 million) – 46.2%
  • Lincoln, Neb.-based HBE – 45.5%
  • San Jose, Calif.-based Johanson & Yau – 42.9%
  • Novogradac – 40.4% *
  • The Bonadio Group – 39% *
  • San Francisco-based Hood & Strong LLP (FY18 net revenue of $16.5 million) – 37.7%
  • MCM CPAs and Advisors – 37.3% *
  • Tucson, Ariz.-based BeachFleischman (FY18 net revenue of $27.9 million) – 37.5%
  • Brown Smith Wallace, St. Louis – 36.6% *
  • Atlanta-based Frazier & Deeter (FY17 net revenue of $83.6 million) – 35.4%
  • Lurie LLP – 33% *
  • OUM & Co. – 33% *

Read the 2018 list.