Forum for Women

Learning new skills. Building a strong career. Contributing to the firm’s success. These are things every employee wants to do, and Forum W’s job is to help increase those opportunities for women.

Women have been historically underrepresented at the top levels of the accounting profession. Since Forum W launched in 2008, women are increasingly making their way to top spots across the firm, and Moss Adams now has more women partners than the industry average. But we’re not stopping there. Forum W is about valuing diversity, paying it forward, and changing the industry from the inside out.

Our Mission

Forum W’s mission is to help the firm attract, develop, retain, and advance talented women.

For us, the business case is clear: women represent a sizable portion of our talent base. If we fail to cultivate their careers, we forfeit our investment in that talent—and disrupt our ability to provide the level of service our clients have come to expect from us.

What’s more, women are increasingly the leaders and owners of the organizations we serve. Since the gender mix of the business world as a whole is shifting, it’s incumbent on us to match that diversity. This is a huge advantage, allowing us to draw on different perspectives to not only promote innovation, but also connect with an increasingly diverse customer base. Doing so will increase our clients’ comfort level with us and help us be more competitive in the marketplace.

Our Priorities

Forum W focuses on four key priorities:

  • Individual Impact. Encourage women to take ownership of their career, and create practical ways partners can engage in women's development and advancement.
  • Policies and Processes. Create a more intentional process to identify candidates and fill leadership roles.
  • Renewed Focus. Refresh and reinforce the business case for Forum W.
  • Reputational Growth. Use external event and recognition to expand Forum W's impact in the marketplace.

The 2017 Forum W Annual Report features some of our most recent achievements.

Resources

Since we began our efforts in 2008, we’re seeing our culture transform. Forum W is creating a more inclusive environment focused on diversity in leadership, with a keen focus on developing our talented women. By investing in Forum W, Moss Adams and our clients benefit from highly talented women who are engaged in their careers.

Forum W hosts professional development, networking, and mentoring activities to help women at Moss Adams make connections and develop their skills. Our efforts include producing helpful and relevant resources for women, and men in our firm, as well as the industry as a whole, all of which support Forum W related activity.

Spotlights


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Carisa Wisniewski, San Diego Partner In Charge

"Knowing that my mentor cares deeply about me and my success has always fostered a strong relationship where I can seek input and receive honest and direct feedback."


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Rebecca Pomering, Moss Adams Chief Practice Officer

“The relationships I have had the opportunity to create—both inside and outside the firm—have allowed me to grow my practice as well as provide great professional connections and personal fulfillment.”


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Amy Apiado, Portland Tax Partner

“Through Forum_W, we’ve encouraged women to have open dialogue about their career goals and advancement. Moss Adams provides flexibility for me to reach my goals, and each person’s advancement can be customized to her needs.


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Melissa Harman, Los Angeles Assurance Partner

“The ability to not only know about opportunities, but to ask for them, is a fundamental key in advancement as a leader.


Impact

We’ve never intended our work with Forum W to stay within our walls. Forum W has changed the way we interact with our people, our industry, and our communities.

Washington Society of CPAs Women In Leadership Summit

Moss Adams cohosted this event, at which over 150 women from throughout Washington State joined together to learn from local leaders in the profession and some of the nation’s top FBI and US Treasury agents.

Industry Networking Group

Spurred by two female leaders in our telecom industry group, the Telecom Women Leaders Forum is a national external networking group focused on networking, mentoring, and leadership. It’s an opportunity to promote Moss Adams within the telecom industry while building relationships between external and internal women in the telecom industry.

Women's External Partnership

In partnership with U.S. Bank and Davis Wright Tremaine, empoWer Women’s Initiative aims to promote the professional and personal growth and success of our client service facing women, and pave their way to leadership roles. Efforts aim at building more business, career development, camaraderie, and networking opportunities for women through a variety of networking events.

InfluenceHer

Moss Adams teamed with the Boys & Girls Clubs of King County as the founding sponsor of a new community program called InfluenceHer. Its mission is to develop a comprehensive programming strategy for girls that address three areas: academic success, leadership, and health. Women from Moss Adams have played a key role in developing programs aimed at helping girls find their voice, see themselves as leaders, become lifelong learners, and make positive choices about their health.

Women of Inspiration Awards

Moss Adams teamed up with the WNBA’s Seattle Storm to honor four local women for their outstanding accomplishments and dedication to serving communities all over the world. Watch the Video.

Dress for Success - Send One Suit

Dress for Success is an international not-for-profit dedicated to providing disadvantaged women with professional attire, a network of support, and the career development tools needed to thrive in work and life. Every year our employees participate in Dress for Success’s annual Send One Suit drive by donating gently used women’s suits, professional apparel, accessories, and monetary contributions. Last year, we collected over 1,000 items!

Recognition

100 Best Companies

Working Mother magazine named us to its list of the best companies for working mothers. We were scored based on an extensive survey of our benefits, opportunities for advancement, child care, flexible work arrangements, parental leave, and company culture.

Best Firm for Women Accountants

Moss Adams was named one of the nation’s best firms for women accountants by the Accounting MOVE Project, a joint study by the American Society of Women Accountants and the American Women’s Society of Certified Public Accountants. We were recognized for the effectiveness of Forum W, the firm’s effort to attract, retain, develop, and advance women within the organization. Find out more in the Accounting MOVE Project Executive Reports: 2015 | 2014 |2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010

Innovation in Women's Programming

American Woman’s Society of Certified Public Accountants awarded Moss Adams with this award in 2013, which recognizes businesses that are continually developing new and innovative programs to promote and support women in the accounting profession.

Firm Leadership - Lead by Example

American Woman’s Society of Certified Public Accountants awarded Moss Adams with this award in 2012, which recognizes those businesses that not only have a strong women’s program in place, but also strong women in leadership positions.

Innovation in Diversity Award

Diversity Journal recognized Moss Adams for developing innovative solutions offering measurable outcomes in the area of workforce diversity and inclusion. The journal specifically cited our work with the Boys & Girls Clubs of King County to found a new community program called InfluenceHer. Its mission is to develop a comprehensive programming strategy for girls that addresses three core program areas: academic success, leadership, and health.

Advisory Board

Forum W’s success proves the dedication of its advisory board members. Their thought leadership and commitment to developing and advancing women’s careers, delivering impactful programs, and advising local leaders makes them valuable not just to us, but to our industry too.