Diversity in Accounting: Historical Perspectives and Forward Look

November 9, 2021

Since the 1969 AICPA Resolution on integrating the accounting profession, there have been numerous approaches to diversity. Dr. Kecia Williams Smith takes a look at the historical journey and shares contemporary ideas on diversifying the profession. She brings a unique perspective to accounting diversity based on her practice and academic backgrounds.

Kecia  Williams Smith

Kecia Williams Smith

Kecia Williams Smith, Ph.D., CPA, is an assistant professor and director of the Master of Accountancy (MACC) program in the Department of Accounting and Finance at North Carolina A&T State University. Prior to her role at NC A&T, Kecia served as an assistant professor in the Department of Accounting and Information Systems at Virginia Tech. Dr. Smith’s research interests include audit regulation, audit quality, regulatory communications, and auditor judgment and decision-making. Prior to entering academia, she was a senior manager at Deloitte where she led engagement teams in the technology, media and telecommunications practice. Immediately prior to starting her doctoral studies, she was an associate director at the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board where she created and led the Inspections Training Office that served over 400 inspection personnel.