From Pre-K to Partner: A Conversation on Determination, Race, and the Path to Becoming an Accountant with Two Book Authors

  • Wednesday, November 22, 2023

    12:00pm – 1:00pm
  • 1.00
    Personnel/Human Resources

We invite guests from across the accounting profession to a discussion of the historical trends and challenges faced by Black CPAs and how the accounting profession can encourage more future Black CPAs. Dr. Theresa Hammond, author of "A White-Collar Profession: African American Certified Public Accountants since 1921," and Dr. Adrian Mayse, author of the inspirational children's book, "When I Grow Up I Want To Be An Accountant," will discuss their books as well as their hopes for a more diverse accounting profession. Drawing on their personal experiences and knowledge of the profession, the authors will have a candid discussion in celebration of Black History Month with moderator and Surgent Fellow, Dr. Kelly Richmond Pope.


  • Recognize historical trends faced by Black CPAs and how those trends impact the profession today
  • Encourage and support the growth of Black candidates to the CPA profession
  • Understand the challenges faced by Black CPAs


  • Creating a more inclusive accounting profession
  • Diversity in the CPA profession
  • Challenges faced by Black CPAs and aspirant CPAs
  • Outreach by firms and educational institutions to Black professionals

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CPAs, accountants, and accounting educators interested in learning about diversity and inclusion within the profession and the challenges faced by Black CPAs and aspirant CPAs



Advanced Preparation



1.00 Personnel/Human Resources



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