A Message from the AICPA Women’s Initiatives Executive Committee

The AICPA’s Women’s Initiatives Executive Committee (WIEC) explores issues in business and public accounting that affect all CPAs. The committee is especially dedicated to promoting and supporting the success of women, increasing talent engagement and leadership opportunities, and fostering an inclusive profession where various perspectives are valued and celebrated.

It is in this spirit that the committee is pleased to endorse the AICPA’s proposal currently out for membership approval. We’re urging you to raise your voice and vote “yes” on this important effort as well.

The AICPA is proposing to create a new association with The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) to represent the entire profession, while preserving the AICPA and CIMA membership bodies.

The WIEC thoroughly discussed the AICPA’s proposal and agreed to stand behind it, and we are not alone. The proposal has broad support from the CPA community, including the AICPA’s Board of Directors and its governing Council, as well as 52 state CPA societies. In addition, the AICPA’s Business and Industry Executive Committee (BIEC), Government Performance and Accountability Committee (GPAC), National Accreditation Commission (NAC) and Private Companies Practice Section (PCPS) Executive Committee support the proposal.

Myriad perspectives are critical to CPAs and firms as they effectively address complex client needs. The proposal recognizes that individual and business clients increasingly are investing or are participating in markets outside the U.S. Through the proposal, the new association would represent over 600,000 current and next-generation professionals spread over 91 percent of the world’s countries. The proposal would provide an international platform from which the AICPA could have a stronger voice on behalf of the profession, firms of all sizes, their clients and the public interest. This is a terrific example of the AICPA’s commitment to helping members and their clients as they navigate today’s changing business environment.

Please join us in voting in favor of this important proposal.

Sincerely yours,

Melissa Hooley, CPA, CGMA
WIEC Chair
Partner in Charge – Employee Benefit Plan Services
Anton Collins Mitchell LLP