CPA Diversity – Barriers to Success

December 15, 2022

The pursuit of diversity, equity and inclusion in the accounting profession has proved challenging. A new report from the Illinois CPA Society reveals the barriers minority CPAs say they’ve faced when entering and advancing in the accounting profession. Find out what needs to be done to recruit minority accountants and make them feel included and valued.


Don  Meyer

Don Meyer

Don Meyer, CAE, is the chief marketing officer of the New Jersey Society of CPAs, where he is responsible for setting the vision, strategy and direction for the organization’s marketing, communications and membership campaigns and for driving the success of a deep and broad swath of organizational initiatives. He can be reached at

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Kari Natale

Kari Natale, CAE, is the senior director of planning and governance at the Illinois CPA Society and is also the senior director of the CPA Endowment Fund of Illinois.

Todd Shapiro

Todd Shapiro is president and CEO of the Illinois CPA Society. He also serves as president and CEO of the Illinois CPA Foundation, CPAs for the Public Interest as well as ex-officio board member of the CPA Endowment Fund of Illinois. Mr. Shapiro is on the Accountancy Advisory Board for the University of Illinois Urbana–Champaign and the AICPA’s Peer Review Board. He also served on the AICPA’s Future of Learning Task Force. In 2016 he was named to Accounting Today Magazine’s list of the Top 100 Most Influential People in the accounting profession for the second straight year.