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May 5, 2017 2 min read

People ask for our help in achieving diversity at their own organizations — and we’re more than happy to roll up our sleeves.

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The challenge with diversity and inclusion is that the pace of change is never as fast as you’d like it to be. But before you can appreciate how far you’ve come, you have to consider where you started.

For example, there was a time when some questioned if Plante Moran even had a diversity initiative. Today, people ask for our help in achieving diversity at their own organizations — and we’re more than happy to roll up our sleeves.

One of the ways we’re doing this is through participating in New Detroit, a 50-year-old leadership organization working to identify and eliminate racial disparities in the region by building economic equity, social justice, and racial understanding. Our support of New Detroit not only provides us with an opportunity to do our part in the community, but it also helps the firm gain a better understanding of race relations.

We’re also actively involved in the Michigan Minority Business Development Council, which advances business opportunities for certified minority business enterprises and connects them to corporate members. Simply put, when a company sets out to hire a minority-owned business, we’re part of the team that ensures those applying for the work meet the requirements.

If your business is interested in working with Plante Moran, please contact us. We’re interested in developing our diversity network and initiatives in a collaborative way.

It’s also important to mention the professional diversity organizations we support. Aside from the numerous organizations our staff support on an informal basis, the firm is involved with the following:

  • Association of Latino Professionals in Finance and Accounting in Michigan and Illinois. We actually helped form the Illinois chapter in 2008.
  • National Association of Black Accountants in Detroit and Ohio. We routinely attend the organization’s regional conferences and Emerging Leaders Conference, and we participate in mixers, presentations, banquets, and scholarship events.
  • InFORUM: a professional women’s alliance.

In addition to sponsorships and active participation, we’ve also hosted lunch-and-learn events for the organization, inviting female professionals throughout the community to come together to discuss pressing topics. In addition to all this, several of our staff and partners collaborate with local business leaders, speak at events, and reach out to students in an effort to create a more inclusive and diverse business community. If your business is interested in working with Plante Moran, please contact us. We’re interested in developing our diversity network and initiatives in a collaborative way.