Friday, September 23, 2016

Diversity, Inclusion, and Opportunities in the Illinois CPA Society

As the vice president and corporate controller of GridLiance, Tim Salvesen manages teams of financial professionals at the Chicago, Illinois, utility firm. Tim Salvesen is a licensed CPA and maintains professional ties with the Illinois CPA Society (ICPAS). 

For more than a century, the ICPAS has worked to protect the interests of accountants in the state of Illinois. To remain competitive and attract top talent, the ICPAS maintains a focus on diversity and inclusion within its community of CPAs. 

The ICPAS offers a selection of tools to employers and current financial professionals to help them make their businesses more attractive to individuals from varied backgrounds. Available tools focus on inclusion, retention, and planning for future improvement. A corresponding series of "pipeline initiatives" focuses on reaching out to high school and college students of diverse backgrounds to raise awareness of the opportunities available to them within the accounting industry.