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Kaiser Consulting Awarded #1 Spot for Best Firms for Women's Equity Leadership

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For the second straight year, Kaiser Consulting is honored to announce our firm has been awarded the #1 spot on the Accounting MOVE Project's Best Firms for Equity Leadership annual list.

The project showcases top firms throughout the United States that are actively lifting women into leadership roles within their firms. The results of the nationwide project were recently released by the Accounting & Financial Women's Alliance.

The Accounting MOVE project is the only annual benchmarking project that both counts and advocates for women at accounting and advisory firms. To be included on the Equity Leadership list, a firm must have at least 30% women partners and principals in the firm, with this milestone having been achieved through a combination of culture, programs, initiatives, and growth.

The MOVE methodology, developed by research partner Wilson-Taylor Associates, Inc., 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
  • E = Entrepreneurship: Operating experience for managing or business ownership

The 2020 Accounting MOVE Project Report, entitled "New Practices Open New Paths," explores how women are designing and driving firms' expansions into advisory and consulting in a powerful alignment of diversity and growth.

Here is what the report had to say about Kaiser Consulting:

“Staying a step ahead of advisory clients demands a 180-degree shift in perspective and skillset from the defining-the-past perspective of traditional audit and assurance,” says Lori Kaiser, founder and CEO of Kaiser Consulting in Columbus, Ohio. The firm’s revenues grew more than 50% from 2017 to 2019, she says, in no small part because its service expansions are steered by professionals who rapidly acquire skills they perceive anticipate clients’ needs.

For example, some consultants in its new project management practice became certified as project managers, Kaiser says. The formal designation of “Project Management Professional” confirms to clients that Kaiser consultants are adept at managing goals that might become clear only as the project progresses – a key ability for consulting and advisory practices. The designation also is a dynamic that unsettles many longtime accountants. “The process is not mapped out. It’s uncertain, but it’s also exciting, and the possibilities are much larger,” Kaiser says.

Kaiser Consulting offers a dynamic culture of providing extensive resources, diverse opportunities, and flexible career tracks for all employees, both women and men, to become business owners and management leaders.

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