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Forensic and Valuation Services (FVS)

Aug 11, 2020

Guests: Kelly Richmond Pope, PhD, CPA, Rumbi Petrozzello, CPA/CFF & Kirstine Connors, CPA/ABV

Diversity and inclusion are key to future proofing our profession as well as our ABV and CFF specializations. As discussed in our last episode, a pathway towards a more inclusive workforce includes a focus on recruitment and retention. But how do we build the pipeline? How do we attract, retain and advance talent? High school programs need to build the pipeline, not only to the CPA, but also to the specializations, including CFFs and ABVs. University outreach programs need to build awareness of forensic and valuation career paths. CFF and ABV champions and mentor programs also help raise awareness and make connections. But what can these institutions and programs do to further diversity and inclusion? Kelly Richmond Pope, Rumbi Petrozzello and Kirstine Connors discuss building a diverse pipeline to the FVS and ABV specializations.

In this episode, they discuss:

  • Kelly’s career journey to forensic accounting and her current projects and methods as a forensic accounting professor
  • Diversity and Inclusion Outreach Efforts to Students
  • Are organizations doing enough?
  • The power that media has on the profession
  • CPAs of color in families as an entry point
  • How has Kelly’s multi-media approach to learning inspired students
  • Why did Kelly choose to get her CPA and FVS specialization?

The episode is brought to you by the AICPA’s Forensic and Valuation Services Section, the premier provider of information, tools, advocacy and guidance for professionals who specialize in providing forensics, valuation, fraud, fair value and damages and by the CFF Credential and ABV Credential programs which allow AICPA members to demonstrate competence and confidence in providing these services to their clients. Visit us online at to join our community and gain access to valuable member-only benefits. Don’t miss an episode – subscribe to our podcast channel! And leave us a review so we can continue bringing valuable and relevant content to you.