CLA has announced a corporate sponsorship with the National Association of Black Accountants (NABA) to help fuel the organization’s mission to advance DEI (diversity, equity and inclusion) within the profession.
Following its partnership with NABA, CLA seeks to accelerate its recruiting of black individuals, increase workforce diversity and improve the representation of black individuals within the accounting profession, currently standing at 5,000 out of 650,000 CPAs in the United States, according to NABA.
Guylaine Saint Juste, NABA president and CEO, said that they are “excited to have CLA as a strategic connection to advance our shared vision of increasing DEI in the accounting and finance industries,.”
She said: “Jen Leary is a tremendous ally and together we are committed to putting equitable recruitment, hiring, and promotion processes in place to grow the representation of Black accounting professionals at all levels of the field.”
Jen Leary, CLA CEO, added: “We’re honored to work alongside NABA to foster meaningful change in our industry, as well as to improve diversity and representation within our own organization.
“Our work will aim to give diverse individuals a more prominent voice and elevate how our CLA family embraces all individuals in an inclusive way, supporting and valuing the contributions of each CLA family member.”