MFA Recognized in Accounting MOVE Project, Highlighting Female Leadership
We’re pleased to share that The MFA Companies has been recognized as one of 2021’s Best CPA Firms for Equity Leadership. The recognition was included as part of the Accounting MOVE Project – an annual survey of leading Financial and Accounting firms to determine the state of women in the industry.
Citing the Firm’s percentage of female partners & principals (46%), the MOVE project report highlighted MFA’s nontraditional style and culture:
“MFA finds talent that breaks the typical mold – to craft teams with innovative approaches to client success. Varied life experiences, offbeat educational backgrounds and creative takes on problem solving underscore this firm’s culture.”
In addition to highlighting CPA firms with significant opportunities for women, this year’s MOVE project focused on how businesses evolved during the COVID-19 pandemic to support women, offering flexible work environments, opportunity for growth and fresh perspectives on recruiting, onboarding and inclusion.
The 2021 Accounting MOVE Project is available to read in its entirety here.
|“We’re widening the aperture of how we look for talent,” said Tina Teodorescu, head of talent management and human resources with The MFA Companies. Like many firms, MFA had long relied on a short list of schools that reliably produced new accountants who stepped smoothly into the firm’s internships and then new hire pipeline.
As the profession overall strives to reset its mission to include advisory and consulting services, many firms now realize they must look beyond the clear-cut fit of an accounting degree to draw in new professionals with different skills, aptitudes, and backgrounds, the better to mix and match with rapidly shifting advisory needs.
And at MFA and other progressive firms, that means redefining entry-level qualifications.
MFA is recruiting both mid-career professionals and new grads with off-balance-sheet experience. “We look at people who had a different type of career before they got into accounting, and from many schools,” said Teodorescu. Not coincidentally, the firm’s ethnic diversity has expanded as a result.
– 2021 Accounting MOVE Project
About The MOVE Project
The Accounting MOVE Project is based on the MOVE methodology, developed by research partner Wilson-Taylor Associates, Inc., which investigates the factors proven to be essential to women’s career success:
M – Money: fair pay practices;
O – Opportunity: advancement and leadership development;
V – Vital supports: work-life programs that remove barriers; and
E – Entrepreneurship: operating experience for managing or business ownership
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