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Executive Committee Q&A: Key Takeaways and Impactful Resources Related to Diversity & Inclusion


Oct 26, 2020
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What has been a key takeaway you’ve had or impactful resource you’ve used related to diversity & inclusion?



Erland Porter, CPA

Erland Porter, CPA
INCPAS Chair
Thrivent Financial

“I try to approach these matters with what I’ll call the “Columbo Method.” Those of you of a certain age will remember the “Columbo” television program and how the main character played his role as a detective. Regardless of how much information he had, he always approached things as if he knew very little. He asked probing questions and let those involved fill in all the details. I’ve found regardless of how much I think I know, asking thoughtful and sincere questions in a safe place is a great place to start. ”


 


 

Barry K. Hall, CPA, CGMABarry K. Hall, CPA, CGMA
INCPAS Chair-Elect
Kruggel Lawton CPAs

“We are certainly at a place in our history where there is much discussion about racial equality and diversity. I am hopeful the violence will stop and the different races and ethnic groups in our country can open honest and meaningful dialogue on how to address the issues. The INCPAS board has been reading the "The Color of Law" by Richard Rothstein. This book is very educational and insightful into how segregation has been allowed, often times encouraged, by laws and policies. Personally, it has been very eye opening to me.

I think we can all benefit from different points of view and listening to others, particularly those who don't look like us and may not have the same opinions. Even though we are experiencing some trying times, I hope the end result is that we will all come together to keep the United States the place of freedom and opportunity, for all people. It will take a commitment to a better future from all of us.”

 


 

Jeremy E. Gallion, CPAJeremy E. Gallion, CPA
INCPAS Vice Chair
EY

“For me, listening has been most impactful way to understand people’s experiences and perspectives. In the profession, we work with people from many different backgrounds and I believe it is important to take the time to get to know them on a personal level by asking questions and listening. If you can make that personal connection, you will build trust, and people will feel more of a sense of comfort and inclusion.”


 


 

Carrie B. Minnich, CPA, MacctCarrie B. Minnich, CPA, Macct INCPAS Vice Chair
Dulin, Ward & DeWald, Inc.

“Fort Wayne UNITED (a Mayoral initiative), in partnership with the Mayor and other organizations and businesses in the community, announced a new initiative at the end of September—United Front. The goal of the United Front initiative is to bring the community of Fort Wayne together by sharing knowledge and education around diversity and inclusion. Educational sessions are going to be offered to Fort Wayne organizations and businesses on the areas of diversity, equity and inclusion. Find out more about the initiative here.”

 


 

Diane L. Sturek, CPA-inactive, MAccDiane L. Sturek, CPA-inactive, MAcc
INCPAS Vice Chair
Indiana University Kelley School of Business

“I receive newsletters from multiple sources, both professional and academic. In recent months, all of these publications have featured articles related to diversity and inclusion. My key takeaway from these articles is that creating a sense of community, whether in the classroom or in the workplace, is key to building an inclusive environment.

The pandemic has added the additional complication of trying to build this sense of community in a virtual environment. I read an article published by EY with tips for educators on how to create a more inclusive virtual classroom. The key takeaway was to create an environment emphasizing the value of different perspectives where students feel welcome to ask questions and share their perspectives.

I am fortunate to have taught students from most states and many countries. The other students and I have enjoyed hearing stories these students are eager to share about their culture and experiences. The diversity of thought and experience provides educational benefit beyond the course curriculum.”