Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Brown Edwards' DEI Initiative

Brown Edwards strives to create a work environment where diversity is welcome and to find ways to attract, develop, and retain exceptional individuals representing the diverse communities where we work and live. Our firm believes we are strongest when we genuinely listen to, and act upon, thoughts and opinions from individuals from all walks of life with different life experiences. Brown Edwards believes this openness leads to a stronger, more vibrant, workplace that will lead to even greater success for the firm and for our associates.

Our firm is taking steps to increase workforce diversity in a number of ways, including recruiting at historically black colleges and universities and on other major university campuses. We also sponsor student visas to allow foreign students the opportunity to work in the public accounting profession in the United States. In addition, Brown Edwards has formed an internal task force to evaluate and ensure that our firm does all we can to facilitate a diverse work environment.

How We Will Accomplish Our Goal

Training

Training Our Team

Internal DEI Training
Regular, mandatory conscious and unconscious bias training to help our team remove discrimination and bias from our interactions.

Cultural Education
Expand awareness of cultural celebrations and differences in order to enhance understanding of diverse backgrounds.

Recruitment

Recruitment Efforts

Unbiased Recruitment
Focus on removing bias from our recruiting and evaluation processes.

Reward Inclusive Behavior
Add criteria to our evaluations that rewards inclusive behaviors in support of diversity and equity.

Evaluate Benefit Packages
Evaluate HR services and employee benefits packages to ensure that it provides benefit that supports diverse lifestyles and needs.

Inform & Measure

Explore the Findings

Measure Progress
Send regular surveys to team members to assess our progress in education and understanding of key DEI concepts.

Inform BE Team Members
Provide on-going updates and regular communications to the entire BE workforce as to the task forces’ progress and initiatives.

Inform Externally
Provide robust information about our DEI efforts on our external website to ensure that our prospective employees and clients understand our passion and commitment to this effort.
Recent events have brought more focus on the need to embrace diversity, equity and inclusion and it needs to be a focus within public accounting. I’m very pleased that our leadership is strongly supporting this initiative. Ensuring that our company is a place where every team member feels they can bring their true selves to work and where their ideas and individuality are celebrated and supported is extremely important.
Leslie Roberts
DEI Task Force Leader

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Meet Our Task Force Members

Leslie F. Roberts

DEI Taskforce Leader

Leslie F. Roberts

DEI Taskforce Leader

Alexa Keeler

DEI Taskforce Member

Alexa Keeler

DEI Taskforce Member

Dorcas Parks

DEI Taskforce Member

Dorcas Parks

DEI Taskforce Member

Joshua Graves

DEI Taskforce Member

Joshua Graves

DEI Taskforce Member

Laura Sprouse

DEI Taskforce Member

Laura Sprouse

DEI Taskforce Member

Lisa Gibson

DEI Taskforce Member

Lisa Gibson

DEI Taskforce Member

Michael E. Fleenor

DEI Taskforce Member

Michael E. Fleenor

DEI Taskforce Member

Mikaela Cook

DEI Taskforce Member

Mikaela Cook

DEI Taskforce Member

Payal Patel

DEI Taskforce Member

Payal Patel

DEI Taskforce Member

Travis Gilmer

DEI Taskforce Member

Travis Gilmer

DEI Taskforce Member