Recently, Fortune.com and Great Place to Work® came out with their inaugural list of the “100 Best Workplaces for Women.” We were thrilled to be on it. Not only is it an honor to be among such great organizations but it also demonstrates that our team’s hard work to create a diverse, collaborative, and inclusive environment is working.
While Plante Moran has long been recognized as a leader in implementing programs that address the unique needs of women in accounting, you may remember from an earlier blog post that we amplified our efforts by launching the Women in Leadership initiative in 2012. Women in Leadership focuses on the unique needs of women no matter where they are in their careers — from recruiting and retention to development and advancement into leadership positions within the firm.
We’ve spent a lot of time educating our staff (both men and women), taken measures to snuff out unconscious biases, and identified resources and support for women at the firm. We’ve had candid discussions with staff of all levels, introduced new trainings and workshops, and identified more than 40 office champions responsible for leading internal and external female networking opportunities.
Why? This is important to us. And not just because it’s the right thing to do. From a business standpoint, it’s also the smart thing to do. More than half of accounting graduates are women, and we can’t afford to lose talent at the rate our profession has been losing it.
Frank Moran used to say that people are so much more capable than you think they are — and they’re so much more capable than they think they are. He was spot on. We’re fortunate to have really smart, really capable people at our firm. It’s our responsibility to train, develop, and mentor them — allowing them to reach their full potential.
Here’s to workplaces where coaching, mentoring, and respect help everyone reach their full potential.