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Elevating Staff Minority Groups: Accountability in Action


Accounting MOVE Project special presentation: Course 1 of 4
Course Description

Accountability is the essential driver of unity and change as diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts become more urgent and nuanced. Tricia Bencich, Senior Manager at Moss Adams, the Founding Sponsor of the Accounting MOVE Project, outlines steps they are taking in the wake of the social change events of 2020 to elevate the inclusion of staff who are members of smaller ethnic minority groups, such as Asians and Native Americans. The Moss Adams talent team designed its Forum W culture change initiative, which has forged industry-leading innovations for advancing women and propelled women to 27% of Moss Adams partners and principals. 

Key Points:

  • All employers must formulate authentic responses to issues of societal and workplace equity

  • Employees, potential recruits, and business and community partners expect both accountability for past and current inequities and proactive responses to current and emerging equity and inclusion expectations

  • Firms build credibility through the context of accountability 

Learning Objectives: 

  • Recall how Moss Adams designed an intentional, consistent, and public accountability for its diversity, equity and inclusion efforts through publicly released reports

  • Determine how to design, then consistently implement, focused accountability for DEI results by office

  • Determine how to cultivate a firm reputation that can withstand unpredictable current events

About the Mini-Summit: The Accounting MOVE Project presents the 2021 Recovery Reset

As firms quickly regain momentum in the COVID-19 recovery, they have a chance to re-center diversity, inclusion, and equity priorities and programs to accelerate the advancement of women and women of color. This fast-paced, practical mini-summit equips firm leaders, talent development staff, and advocates for women with tactics they can use to win women back and forge new ways of working that can permanently strengthen women's careers and firm stability and performance.

Key Takeaways:

  • How leading firms are adapting their diversity, inclusion, and equity efforts to have a voice in the national conversation is increasingly fraught, fragmented, and urgent

  • How firms that are recognized innovators in designing careers in sync with women's priorities have retooled to retain key talent

  • Tactics that are working now to draw women back to the partnership pipeline

  • How to use virtual and hybrid internships to strengthen first career experiences for diverse talent

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Tricia Bencich

Moss Adams LLP
Associate Director
(206) 652-6947

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Tricia Bencich is an essential member of Moss Adams LLP's leadership. Tricia is entrusted with maintaining employees' happiness, whether through perks, benefits, or ensuring low burnout rates.


Joanne has written extensively for consumer and business publications, including the Chicago Tribune, Chief Investment Officer, Crain’s Chicago Business, Crain’s New York Business, Working Woman, Working Mother, Inc.,, and many others. She has authored seven books: four on business growth and three on family travel. The Career Lattice was published in mid-2012 by McGraw Business. Cleaver is a member of 85 Broads, the American Society of Journalists and Authors, and contributed pro bono professional services to the Women’s Business Development Center in Chicago.

Designing the groundbreaking Working Woman Top 25 Companies for Executive Women list in 1998 and managing it for five more project cycles led her to develop the proprietary MOVE methodology that equips groups to advocate for women in their industries. This methodology stresses the business imperative for recruiting, retaining, and advancing women because more women mean more sales, profits, and growth. MOVE is the standard for promoting women in three industries.

Because facts don’t speak for themselves, Joanne and the Wilson-Taylor team help clients develop compelling, timely messages and deliver those messages to key audiences through media interviews, social media, bylined articles, opinion pieces, and other modes of strategic outreach.

About Our Sponsor

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The mission of the Accounting & Financial Women’s Alliance is to enable women in all accounting and finance fields to achieve their full potential and to contribute to their profession. Founded in 1938 to increase the opportunities for women in all fields of accounting and finance, members of the Accounting & Financial Women’s Alliance and their companies benefit from resources that accelerate their professional growth.