AAM DEI Training - Starting the DEI Journey: Tips for Getting Leadership Buy-in

When:  Sep 21, 2021 from 03:00 PM to 04:15 PM (ET)

Now that we have learned some of the vocabulary and language commonly used, and laid out the business case for DEI in our firms with Bonnie Buol Ruszczyk, it’s time to take the next step – getting leadership buy-in. This is one of the most important steps to launch an initiative and embark on your DEI journey.

Mark your calendars for our second presentation –  a panel discussion moderated by Arianna Campbell, Shareholder and Consultant, Boomer Consulting, Inc. The panel will include speakers who will share insights on how to start the conversation with your firm leadership so you can get their support as you begin taking small steps to a more diverse and inclusive firm culture. Stay tuned for more announcements!

Arianna Campbell
Arianna_Campbell.jpg Arianna is a Shareholder & Consultant at Boomer Consulting, Inc., where she helps accounting firms challenge the status quo by leading process improvement initiatives that result in increased profitability and client satisfaction. Arianna is adept at blending concepts from Lean Six Sigma and leadership development to drive innovation and continuous improvement. Arianna facilitates the development and cultivation of future firm leaders in the P3 Leadership Academy™.

Diandria Green
DiAndria_Green_headshot_-_8530_800x1000.png DiAndria “Dee” Green is a Senior Manager in Bennett Thrasher’s State and Local Tax (SALT) consulting practice, where she focuses on providing state income/ franchise tax consulting, sales/use tax consulting and other state tax services to clients of varying sizes and legal entity types. In this role, she assists clients in reducing their tax liability and effective state tax rates. Additionally, Dee leads the SMART Compliance practice, which assists clients with meeting state sales tax compliance requirements and implementing and managing an automated sales tax software solution.

Jessica Hekmatjah
Jessica_Hekmatjah_headshot.jpg As Chief Marketing Officer, Jessica is responsible for the direction of the firm’s go-to-market strategies, business development operations, branding, and client development programs. Jessica also works closely with firm leadership on firm-wide strategy and growth initiatives. 

As a member of the firm’s IN! (Inclusion Now!) Committee, and Executive Sponsor of the firm’s WIN! Women’s Initiative Now! (WIN!) Committee, she is an advocate for diversity in the profession. She strongly believes women can have it all and encourages her female colleagues to find a path where they can be successful in their careers, as well as their personal lives.

Marybeth C. Olree, CPA
Maybeth_Olree_headshot.jpgMarybeth is a Partner in the Accounting and Auditing services group at Herbein + Company, Inc. Marybeth joined the firm in 2012 and works on Herbein’s dedicated nonprofit team providing compliance, audit, and advisory services. 

Marybeth is Co-chair of HWomen RISE – a key committee of Horizon, Herbein's diversity, equity, and inclusion initiative. HWomen RISE focuses on the recruitment, retention, and productivity of women by providing team members with the support, tools, and resources to help them succeed.