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Forensic and Valuation Services (FVS)

Sep 22, 2020

Guests: Bethany Hearn, CPA/ABV/CFF, 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. A pathway towards a more inclusive workforce requires building a pipeline not only to the CPA but also to the specializations. As discussed in our last episode, a pathway towards a more inclusive workforce requires efforts by institutions to attract, retain, and advance talent as it comes through the pipeline. Resources and programs such as unconscious bias training, mentorship/sponsorship programs and business resource groups can be used to help raise awareness, make connections and create a more diverse and inclusive environment. So, what does success look like? What are some examples of how the tools and resources discussed in previous episodes have manifested in firm success. Bethany Hearn, Rumbi Petrozzello and Kirstine Connors provide examples from their personal experience of what successful diversity and inclusion looks like in forensic and valuation services.

In this episode, they discuss:

  • Career paths for women in the accounting profession
  • The importance of flexibility and work life balance
  • The partner track for women in accounting
  • Sponsorship, Mentoring and Coaching

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.