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Welcome to the Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Working Group

This group assists the COCPA in developing strategy and programming to address the challenges and seize the opportunities in this most important area.

In addition to holding meetings, this group plans and hosts the monthly “See Me Series: Stories of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.”

Save the date and register for these upcoming online See Me events:

Date Title CPE Format City/Area
07/27/22 See Me Series: Breaking Down Barriers as a Blind CPA - Webcast Online
08/31/22 See Me Series: August 2022 - Webcast Online
09/21/22 See Me Series: September 2022 - Webcast Online

March 23, 2022 See Me Series: It’s Not How You Get There, It’s What You Bring – with COCPA member Mikayla Smith

February 23, 2022 See Me Series: Through DACA Eyes – with Alvin Peregrino

January 26, 2022 See Me Series: Living Authentically Professionally and Personally – with COCPA member Daniel Hawkinson

December 22, 2021 – See Me Series: Love Makes a Family – with COCPA member Kenneth Richards and daughters Alysha and Ayasha

December 1, 2021 – See Me Series: Three Wise Women – with COCPA members Rebecca Boer, Kelly Kozeliski, and Alyssa Wright

October 27, 2021 – See Me Series: My Point of View, The CPA Profession Through a Colored Lens – with COCPA member Felicia Clement

September 29, 2021 – See Me Series: Coming to America – with COCPA member Judy Thomas

August 25, 2021 – See Me Series: Sherpa-Sharwa: The Ethnic Group of Nepal – with COCPA member Ang Sherpa

July 28, 2021 – See Me Series: Not a Puzzle Piece. Being Autistic in the Work World – with COCPA member Caitlyn O’Neil

April 17, 2022 – See Me Series: My Journey from Devastating Grief to Mental Health– with COCPA member Lisa Hackard

May 25, 2022See Me Series- Overcoming All Odds with Stephanie Daniels, CPA

June 2022See Me Series – Embracing the Fear and Reaping the Benefits of Living Authentically


  1. Blindspot: Hidden Biases of Good People, by Mahzarin R. Banaji and Anthony Greenwald
  2. The Person You Mean to Be: How Good People Fight Bias, by Dolly Chugh
  3. We Can’t Talk About That at Work! How to Talk About Race, Religion, Politics, and Other Polarizing Topics, by Mary-Frances Winters
  4. The Vanishing Half, by Brit Benett
  5. I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness, by Austin Channing Brown
  6. White Fragility, by Robin DiAngelo
  7. Listening is an Act of Love, by Dave Isay
  8. Privilege, Power and Difference, 2nd Edition, by Allan G. Johnson
  9. Across That Bridge: A Vision for Change and the Future of America, by the late Congressman John Lewis
  10. So You Want to Talk About Race, by Ijeoma Oluo
  11. My Vanishing Country: A Memoir, by Bakari Sellers



  1. “All the Queen’s Horses” by Amazon Prime, 2017 documentary
  2. CEO Action Day of Understanding with Wright Lassiter III, Henry Ford Health System President, Vimeo
  3. Colorado Experience, Mr. Barney Ford (Rocky Mountain PBS)
  4. “Something the Lord Made” by HBO Films, 2004
  5. The Hero Effect with Kevin Brown, father of Joshua, his autistic son, YouTube Podcast
  6. “Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man” videos by Emmanual Acho
  7. Verna Myers: How to overcome our biases? Walk boldly toward them, TED Talks, YouTube



  1. Race at Work with Porter Braswell
  2. Uncomfortable Conversations with Emmanuel Acho


Courses and Certificates

  1. Anti-Racism and Allyship 7 Day Journey, Stanford Graduate School of Business
  2. Brave Space Training
  3. “Crucial Conversations” training
  4. Race Talk University
  5. University of South Florida Muma College of Business’ Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the Workplace Certificate
  6. Virtual Privilege Walk with Jackie Ferguson

For more information about the Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Working Group, contact:

Mary Medley

Chief Executive Officer
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