The Bonadio Group honored as a Best Public Accounting Firm for Women

The Bonadio Group, upstate New York’s largest independent provider of accounting, consulting, and financial services, has been recognized as a top accounting firm for women CPAs for a third consecutive year. Named as one of 10 CPA firms on the list of 2015 Best Public Accounting Firms for Women, The Bonadio Group was honored by the Accounting & Financial Women’s Alliance (AFWA) and the American Women’s Society of Certified Public Accountants (AWSCPA). Firms were selected based on the proven programs that retain and advance women while showing evidence that the firm’s advancement of women is essential to its growth and succession goals.

“We have always valued the potential and power of women in our firm, from our very first homegrown partner, Kristen Clark, who reached that milestone in 1998, to our summer intern class of 2015, which includes 40 percent women across our firm,” said Thomas Bonadio, managing partner and CEO of The Bonadio Group. “For women—for all members of our firm—our goal is more leadership opportunity, greater rewards and a balanced lifestyle in return for the great work they do.”

Women comprise 16 of the firm’s 71 partners, and 31 percent of The Bonadio Group’s partners and principals, marking a two percent increase since 2014. This high level of women in partner and principal roles is well above the industry average of 22 percent. The firm cites its slow-ramping pre-partner track, which allows women employees to pace their pursuit of partnership by following an intentional and clear path, as one of the factors that contribute to its high rate of women partners. The Bonadio Group also attributes the firm’s culture of “work-life integration,” rather than “work-life balance,” as a key aspect of accommodating both employee and employer needs.

“The MOVE Project continues to report improvement for women in the accounting field, but we still have much more work to do as an industry,” said Ericka Harney, executive director of the AFWA. “AFWA and the MOVE Project are dedicated to efforts that empower women in the industry and assist in advancing women to senior roles with equal pay.”