Regional certified public accounting and business advisory firm Eide Bailly has been named to the 2019 Best CPA Firms for Women list by the 2019 Accounting MOVE Project.
The Accounting MOVE Project is the only annual benchmark that celebrates excellence for women at accounting and advisory firms. The MOVE Project believes that there are many routes to achieving excellence in advancing women, and together with its association partner, the Accounting and Financial Women’s Alliance, compiles two lists: the Best CPA Firms for Women list and the Best CPA Firms for Leadership Equity list. To earn a spot on the Best CPA Firms for Women list, an employer must have both a high proportion of women at most or all levels of management and proven success with the MOVE factors.
“It’s a tremendous honor to have our efforts recognized to create a firm where women are as likely to succeed as men,” said Eide Bailly Managing Partner/CEO Dave Stende. “We want to be an employer of choice and attract top talent in all our offices, and that means ensuring we have a culture in place that helps our best and brightest get the opportunities they deserve, regardless of gender.”
When Eide Bailly realized its leadership pipeline had sprung a leak at the midlevel, it concentrated resources on a unique program that equips women with meeting-facilitation skills. Because those skills build confidence in nearly all settings—from business development to one-on-one meetings—midlevel women gained traction and stayed.
“As a women’s organization, we see firsthand the value of a strong women’s network at all stages of the career pipeline,” said Cindy Stanley, executive director for the Accounting & Financial Women’s Alliance. “From entry level to partner, women benefit greatly from the support and example of other women in their network. Our goal is help women connect, advance, and lead.”