New Ways Forward for Women In Accounting: 2019 MOVE Survey

The Annual Survey is now open to public accounting firms of all sizes at

The 2019 Accounting MOVE Project will delve into the perceptions and misperceptions that women and firms have about how and why women pursue partnership and other senior leadership positions. The report will also outline tactics that women, advocates for women, and firm leaders can take to ensure that all women CPAs can fully achieve their aspirations for their careers and drive firm growth in the process.

Firms of all sizes are invited and encouraged to participate. Registration is open at through December 19, 2018. In addition to reporting findings from this survey, the MOVE Project will produce the 2019 list of the top public accounting firms for women and top equity leadership firms.

“As we interview women every year for the Accounting MOVE Project, we hear often that women choose not to pursue promotions. In the 2019 report, the MOVE team will clarify how and why women on opt in and out of the partnership pipeline, and how firm leaders can adapt their talent development programs accordingly, ” said Joanne Cleaver, President of Wilson-Taylor Associates, Inc., the content strategy firm that manages the Accounting MOVE Project.

“Our industry needs talented leaders…women and men.  It’s a business imperative.  However, the industry loses a disproportionate number of talented women with the potential to be successful partners and leaders. What we learn in this report will help us better understand their experience and influence critical turning points in their career. It’s critical women know we believe in them, will invest in them, and be their advocate,” said Jennifer Wyne, executive director of human resources for Moss Adams LLP, founding sponsor of the Accounting MOVE Project.

“For women, navigating the path to partner is frequently not as linear and is often times more complex than it is for men,“ said Risa Lavine, Principal and chief of staff at CohnReznick. “One of the main objectives of our gender diversity strategy, WomenCAN, is to continuously enhance our understanding of ways to better support women’s career advancement – we are seeing the payoff in our pipeline and in the profile of our partnership.” CohnReznick is the national sponsor of the Accounting MOVE Project.

An executive summary of the 2019 Accounting MOVE Project will be published in the May 2019 issue of Public Accounting Report, with the full report available at the websites of MOVE association partner, the Accounting & Financial Women’s Alliance.

“Women invest in accounting careers with the expectation of reaping a return over a lifetime career ,” said Cindy Stanley, executive director for the Accounting & Financial Women’s Alliance (AFWA), the association partner for the Accounting MOVE Project. “The 2019 Accounting MOVE Project will outline fresh ways that women can achieve their goals even as they lead innovation and growth at their firms.”

The MOVE Project is supported by founding sponsor Moss Adams LLP, national sponsor CohnReznick, and administrative fees from participating firms.  Registration for the Accounting MOVE Project will be open through December 19, 2018.

MOVE is making a real difference in the profession and has positioned CPA firms as innovators in the business world. Look no further than MOVE mentions in the CPA Practice Advisor, Harvard Business Review, Financial Times, Parade and other publications to see how MOVE Project firms are leading the national conversation about advancing women.



2018-10-17T18:12:31+00:00October 17th, 2018|MOVE Project, News|