This award recognizes businesses that are continually developing new and innovative programs to promote and support women in the accounting profession. Our recipient for 2014 is KPMG. KPMG established their Women’s Advisory Board in 2003 to create a more compelling work environment and enhance career opportunities for women by driving national and local initiatives that support, advance, retain, and reward them.

As part of its commitment, the WAB formed KPMG’s Network of Women (KNOW) in late 2003 to drive its strategy, deliver programs, and strengthen strategic alliances at the local level. With the formation of the WAB, KPMG’s leadership reaffirmed the importance of attracting and retaining qualified women as a strategic business imperative for the firm.

Welter-and-Townsen-KPMGTogether, the WAB and its local KNOW chapters work to develop and drive firm-wide initiatives that not only improve the retention of women, but also create meaningful opportunities for their personal and professional growth. In addition to laying a foundation for the advancement of KPMG’s women, the creation of the WAB helped shape the firm’s overall diversity strategy, and inspired what was to become KPMG’s Great Place to Build a Career strategy, a comprehensive and interconnected set of programs, resources, and benefits that touch on all aspects of employee engagement - recruitment and retention, training and career development, work/life effectiveness, flexibility, and diversity and inclusion.

KPMG’s Great Place to Build a Career strategy helped the firm achieve its goal of being an employer of choice, as well as a great place to work and build a career, and they are very proud to be recognized with the prestigious Catalyst Award, an honor bestowed to only a select few organizations in recognition of exceptional programs to support and advance women in business.

The WAB continues to play a key role in shaping KPMG’s overall diversity strategy while expanding programs to develop women today. To further support the professional development of women, KPMG has established strategic relationships with several prestigious women’s organizations outside the firm to provide them with opportunities to expand their leadership skills, initiate career-enhancing relationships, and increase their visibility as professionals in the marketplace.

Our congratulations to KPMG as our 2014 Innovation In Women’s Programming Award recipient.  Accepting for KMPG at AWSCPA’s WALC was Sue Townsen of the firm’s New York office.