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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. Join us for discussions on DE&I topics, events, resources and the sharing of stories on the COCPA See Me Series.

If you’re interested in joining the COCPA DE&I Committee, please volunteer here.

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


September 21, 2022 – See Me Series: Allow Me To Re-introduce Myself – My Story Through the Lens of Music with COCPA member Diego Baca

August 31, 2022 – See Me Series: Addressing Ageism in Professional Services with COCPA members Nicole Brown and Leann Browder

July 27, 2022 – See Me Series: Breaking Down Barriers as a Blind CPA with COCPA member Cody Bair

June 22, 2022 – See Me Series: Embracing the Fear and Reaping the Benefits of Living Authentically – with COCPA member Lou Trebino

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

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

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


  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
  12. In the Country of Women: A Memoir, by Susan Straight
  13. The Book of Rosy: A Mother’s Story of Separation at the Border, by Rosayra Pablo Cruz and Julie Schweitert Collazo. Collazo is the founder of Immigrant Families Together, the grassroots organization that reunites mothers and children. 
  14. Unforgetting: A Memoir of Family, Migration, Gangs, and Revolution in the Americas, by Roberto Lovato
  15. The Confidence Code: The Science and Art of Self-Assurance, by Katty Kay and Claire Shipman
  16. Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead, by Sheryl Sandberg
  17. Ten Steps to Nanette: A Memoir Situation, by Hannah Gadsby



  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
  8. King Richard, the story of Richard Williams, father of tennis champions Venus and Serena Williams
  9. Te Ata, based on the true story of Mary Thompson Fischer, who crosses cultural barriers to achieve fame as an actress and Native American storyteller
  10. Tick Tick Boom!, based on the autobiographical musical by playwright Jonathan Larson
  11. Brené Brown on empathy
  12. Baratunde Thurston
  13. Coming Out of Your Closet, with Ash Beckham, TED Talks, YouTube
  14. Belonging, A Critical Piece of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, with Carin Taylor, TED Talks, YouTube
  15. The Business Imperative of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging Webinar, YouTube
  16. Netflix standup comedy show: Hannah Gadsby: Nanette



Hannah Gadsby on her autism diagnosis: ‘I’ve always been plagued by a sense that I was a little out of whack’



  1. Race at Work with Porter Braswell
  2. Uncomfortable Conversations with Emmanuel Acho
  3. How to Citizen with Baratunde Thurstonn


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


Nonprofit Organization

Peak Performers -Getting the Job Done, Working with Disabilities



AICPA Diversity Initiative


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

Stacy Svendsen

Engagement and Programs Specialist
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