Diversity in Business: How to Bring Meaningful Change
Hosted by Massachusetts Society of CPAs in partnership with PwC
The Massachusetts Society of CPAs is convening leaders from the most prominent and fastest growing business sectors in Boston—financial services, technology, and venture—to have a conversation about the need for diversity in the workplace and the benefits diversity brings to a business.
These industries struggle with diversity themselves, making this an introspective panel discussion on how to encourage diverse hiring while improving the bottom line.
The business case for diversity is clear. Minority business owners are on the rise. The most recent U.S. Census data shows there has been a 38 percent increase in minority-owned businesses since 2007 with eight million businesses in the U.S now lead by minorities. Additionally, companies in the top quartile for racial and ethnic diversity are 35 percent more likely to have financial returns higher than their respective national industry medians. Then why is progress stalled?
Discussion topics will include unconscious bias in the hiring process, best practices for a diverse workplace, the role diversity plays in venture capital funding, filling the pipeline of future workers and how Boston’s image affects employee recruitment.
The discussion will be moderated by Marcela García, editorial writer at The Boston Globe.
Panelists will include Amy Pitter, CEO of the Massachusetts Society of CPAs, Herby Duverné, Principal and CEO of Windwalker Group, and Femi Allen Wasserman, Founder and Principal at Femi Wasserman LLC.