Attracting a more diverse pool of members is a goal for many professional associations today, especially those competing for the attention and commitment of top students in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).
The Ohio Society of CPAs (OSCPA) is out in front when it comes to addressing diversity and inclusion in the accounting profession, particularly in the area of student recruitment. For almost 20 years, OSCPA’s Accounting Careers Awareness Program (ACAP-Ohio) has been shaping the future of the profession by advancing opportunities for minority high school students.
That diligence paid off as ACAP-Ohio was recently awarded a Power of A Silver Award from the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE).
ACAP-Ohio, presented by OSCPA and The Ohio CPA Foundation, in partnership with the Ohio chapters of the National Association of Black Accountants (NABA), is an annual week-long all-expense paid program for top-performing high school students. The students explore business and accounting careers through tours of local businesses and mentoring sessions with leading minority business professionals.
“We’re pleased to be honored by ASAE,” said Scott D. Wiley, CAE, president and CEO of OSCPA. “OSCPA is committed to advancing diversity in the accounting profession, and ACAP-Ohio is one way that we are advancing this mission and recruiting top future talent into Ohio’s CPA profession.”
The Power of A Awards recognize a select number of organizations annually that distinguish themselves with innovative, effective and broad-reaching programs and activities that positively impact America and the world.
“The Ohio Society of CPA’s ACAP-Ohio is a perfect example of how associations continue to make innovative, meaningful contributions to their communities,” said Paul Pomerantz, CAE, chairman of ASAE’s Power of A Awards Judging Committee and CEO of the American Society of Anesthesiologists. “By having a vision for the future of the CPA profession and the ability to leverage the expertise of their members, organizations like The Ohio Society of CPAs make a tangible difference in the lives of others.”